A proud mascot’s day out

After the last home game against Leicester City, mascot auction winner DT38 Lucas Gardener, aged 7, writes about his fantastic day at the London Stadium:

Lucas pictured with his dad chris, and dt38 foundation founder tracy tombides

Lucas pictured with his dad chris, and dt38 foundation founder tracy tombides

“We got up early and went to the stadium when almost nobody was there.”

“I met all the other mascots at our meeting point and also met Martin Allen - my dad said he was a really good player in the old days!”

He continued: “I got my photo taken with all of the other mascots on the pitch and then we were taken to the changing rooms to meet the players.”

“I met with Fabianski, Masuaku, Diop, Zabeleta and lots of others and they all signed my autograph book.”

“I was a bit sad I didn't see Mark Noble or Declan Rice but it was still fun.”

“We then went out on to the pitch and had a hard training session which I really enjoyed. By now the ground was beginning to get busy which was really exciting.”

“I was then allowed to go on the team bus and told where all the players sit. Then it was time for the game to start.”

“I was holding Zabeleta's hand and he was really nice and kind. I shook all the hands of the Leicester players and the referees. The noise from the crowd was great.”

“After the final whistle we went near the pitch and Robert Snodgrass gave me his match shirt and is now one of my favourite players.”

“I had a fantastic day even though we did not win......and thank you Robert Snodgrass!”

The next highest bid at the WHUISA auction was made on behalf of 10-year-old James Briscoe from Melbourne, Australia, who was visiting the UK with his family. DT38 Foundation Founder Tracy Tombides arranged for young James to also be included in some of the pitch-side mascot activity on the day. He is pictured below with Aaron Cresswell.

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