Sidmouth boy's Wembley football dream fulfilled

THE dream of a lifetime has been fulfilled for a Sidmouth boy who walked on to Wembley s famous green turf as an England mascot last week. Jamie Newbery, 10, of Manstone Avenue, rubbed shoulders with the elite of English football at last Wednesday s Engla

THE dream of a lifetime has been fulfilled for a Sidmouth boy who walked on to Wembley's famous green turf as an England mascot last week.

Jamie Newbery, 10, of Manstone Avenue, rubbed shoulders with the elite of English football at last Wednesday's England v Croatia World Cup qualifier match.

The lucky Sidmouth under 11s player won the amazing prize after his mum entered him into a national newspaper competition

And the Newbery family seem to have all the luck as Jamie's older brother, Scott, was an Arsenal mascot at the 2004 Champions League game against Celta Vigo after winning a competition in the same newspaper.


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Mum Joanne said: "It was very lucky. To win one is amazing but to win two! We were all ecstatic."

Jamie, a St Nicholas Junior School pupil, met his footballing heroes including David Beckham, Fabio Capello and Jermain Defoe.

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The Tottenham supporter's luck continued as he was even fortunate enough to walk on to the pitch with Spurs player Aaron Lennon, who went on to win Man of the Match.

Jamie said: "I was really happy to walk on with Lennon. All I could feel was my heart beating really hard.

"Lennon asked me what my name was and said 'how do you feel? It's a bit scary isn't it?'

"He didn't talk to me for too long but I got to tell him I supported Tottenham."

Before the game Jamie and the other mascots were given miniature England kits, which they donned for the occasion, and were treated to a tour of Wembley stadium as well as a kick-about on the pitch.

He added: "It was really good and the ground was a lot better than I thought it was going to be."

As a lasting momentum of the match, which secured England's place in the 2010 World Cup after they beat Croatia 5-1, Jamie was given a goody bag, which included a programme, badge, pen and a pennant.

Official photographs were taken on the day and Jamie will be sending them off to White Hart Lane to ask for the team's autographs.

He said: "I was really glad to go to Wembley. All of my friends were watching for me on the TV and we've got it recorded. When I went to school the next day they were all talking about it!

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