A YOUNG Manchester United fan’s dream will come true on Sunday when he walks out with his heroes at Wembley Stadium.
Nine-year-old Tom Lane, from Cotebrook, will escort one of the Red Devils’ stars on to the hallowed turf ahead of their FA Community Shield clash with rivals Manchester City.
The Eaton Primary School pupil’s proud family, including parents Chris and Vicky Lane who run The Alvanley Arms pub, will be cheering him on from the stands.
The opportunity of a lifetime – which includes meeting the team in the dressing room before kick-off – was up for grabs at an auction held during a recent charity gold day at Carden Park.
Steve Burne, the boyfriend of Tom’s sister Emma, was the winning bidder for the prize, with funds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Tom is one of 22 youngsters from across the UK who will be a McDonald’s player escort for the annual season curtain-raiser.
He said: “I’m very excited about going to Wembley, when I found out I would be walking out with the players I was jumping up and down on the settee!
“My favourite players are Rooney, Giggs and Hernandez, but I don’t really mind which one I walk out with.
“I think United will win 2-1.”
His mum Vicky added: “We’re all Manchester United fans so we can’t wait for the game. It will be emotional for me, I can’t wait to see him come out.
“It will be a great day and something he won’t ever forget. It’s the chance of lifetime.”
Tom will also get the chance to meet England legend and McDonald’s Director of Football Sir Geoff Hurst before the match.
The 1966 World Cup hero said: “It will be a great experience for Thomas and the other young player escorts, one they’ll never forget!”
McDonald’s has been the community partner of the FA since 2002.