James is Burnley's mascot for the big match on Saturday
CLAVERDON’S James Price had a day out he’ll never forget when he was chief mascot at Turf Moor, home to Burnley Football Club, on Saturday and escorted on to the pitch by club captain and goalkeeper Tom Heaton before kick-off.
James, aged 12, who is a pupil at St Benedicts RC School in Alcester, was presented with Burnley’s famous claret and blue kit and got players’ autographs on a pendant in the dressing room.
He and other mascots were then taken by one of the assistant managers to a training session and a 30 minute football match at their indoor centre next to the stadium.
Ten minutes before the main match they were taken to the entrance of the player’s tunnel where they appeared with Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ players just before the start of the game.
James says it was a, “very real one off experience” although he does admit to supporting Arsenal as well.
The result was a 1-1 draw after Wolves scored a late equaliser in extra time.