A YOUNG footballer fan from North Shields will lead one of his heroes out at Wembley this weekend when his favourite team take to the hallowed turf for the Premier League’s annual curtain-raiser.
Eleven-year-old Will Marron will escort a Manchester City player on to the pitch before they take on rivals Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday.
And as well as walk on to the pitch with one of the players before kick-off, he will also get to meet England legend, and now McDonald’s director of football, Sir Geoff Hurst for a special pre-match meet and greet with the hat-trick scoring 1966 World Cup winner.
Will, who is a Manchester City supporter like his dad, was at Wembley to see Whitley Bay lift the FA Vase in 2010, and he is looking forward to returning after his dad entered him into a competition for a place as a mascot.
He said: “My dad saw the competition in a newspaper and entered me, but I didn’t think I would win.
“When I found out about it I was really excited.”
The youngster, who starts King’s School in September, is most looking forward to stepping on to the pitch.
He will enjoy the London experience with mum Penny and dad Tony.
He added: “My favourite player is Mario Balotelli but I don’t mind who I end up walking out with.”