Middlesbrough treat for mascot Mason

DAY TO REMEMBER -- Mason with Middlesbrough's inter-club mascot, Roary The Lion
DAY TO REMEMBER -- Mason with Middlesbrough's inter-club mascot, Roary The Lion
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THE DREAMS of delighted Hucknall lad and football fanatic Mason Moore came true when he was a mascot during a professional match.

Five-year-old Mason, of Nursery Close, was invited to don the kit of Middlesbrough for their npower Championship match against Ipswich Town.

He met the players in the changing rooms at the Riverside Stadium and even had a kickabout on the pitch with team captain Matthew Bates.

The treat was organised for Mason by his grandparents, Lawrence and Mary, who hail from the Middlesbrough area.

He was joined on the trip to Teesside by his mum, Claire, dad Lyndon, and his other grandparents, Maureen and Ben, who live on Derbyshire Lane, Hucknall.

Maureen said Mason, who goes to Holy Cross Roman Catholic School in Hucknall, was overjoyed to be mascot for the day because “he lives and breathes football”.

“He was so excited,” she said. “They gave him a free kit, a signed programme and a football.

“Mason is a member of the soccer school at Rolls-Royce in Hucknall and plays on the park with his dad. He also loves lots of other sports, including golf and cricket.

“He has just had a school report, and his teacher says he has never seen such co-ordination.”

The family were seated in one of Middlesbrough’s hospitality boxes, where they were served free food and drinks during the match, which finished 0-0.