A LOCAL football fan played in the biggest football game of his life this week at Wembley in front of England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce.
Luke Conway, from Colne, won a place to play at Wembley as part of an England fan competition.
As a surprise, on the day the two teams, who were captained by former Premier League stars Ray Parlour and Steve Claridge, also found out that Pearce would be managing one of the teams.
The Big Pitch experience was organised by Vauxhall who wanted to offer England fans a dream day to play at Wembley as part of their sponsorship of the FA.
Luke said: “Winning the chance to play at Wembley was amazing, but to actually run out on to the hallowed turf and play in front of Stuart Pearce is just unbelievable!
“It was one of those moments in life where you have to pinch yourself to check it wasn’t a dream, but it was true, I was really there at the home of football playing in the game of a lifetime.”
Former England international Ray Wilkins, who was Pearce’s opposing manager, said: “It was a superb day and a fantastic initiative by Vauxhall to offer England fans the chance to experience life as an England player at Wembley.
“You can’t describe the feeling you have when you run out of the tunnel at Wembley and I am sure they will all remember this day all their lives.”
The players, who were from across the UK, had taken part in a national competition run by Vauxhall on their England Football Facebook page.
Vauxhall Marketing Director Peter Hope commented; “Football is all about the fans and this is a unique opportunity for fans to fulfil their childhood dreams.
“2012 is an exciting time for football fans and this is just one of the exciting competitions we will be running on Facebook in the build up to the summer.”