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“Once-in-a-lifetime” experience for Bessbrook Man Utd fan as he leads his heroes at Old Trafford

A young Man United fan from Bessbrook realised a lifelong dream recently when he led the Man United legends team onto the Theatre of Dreams pitch for their match with Barcelona legends.

Eleven year old Shea Burns Watters, a Year 8 pupil at St.Paul’s High School in Bessbrook was selected to be a mascot at the legends match on September 2nd after dad Gerry had applied on his behalf a number of times without success. 

Shea led out the team with Captain Dwight Yorke and got to meet club legends like Edwin Van Der Sar, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Wes Brown as well as mingling with Europe’s elite including Patrick Kluivert, Edgar Davids and Abidal.  He was also part of the minute’s silence before kick-off for the victims of the Manchester and Barcelona terror attacks.

Describing it as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” for his son, Gerry revealed that he had kept the secret that Shea was going to be a mascot right up until they reached the stadium.  The pair entered via the director’s entrance before the gob-smacked 11 year old was handed a gold arm band for the mascot quarters.

Recalling the emotional moment his son realised he was to be a mascot, dad Gerry said,

“He looked at me and his eyes just welled up. He’s a huge United fan so to lead the team out really was a dream come true for him.  It was unreal and both myself and Shea had a truly memorable day at the Theatre of Dreams.