Barnoldswick schoolboy is Leeds United mascot in FA Cup

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BARNOLDSWICK schoolboy Sam McGlashan’s dreams came true when he was picked to be a mascot for his beloved Leeds United in their 3rd round match against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

The 10-year-old season ticket holder had waited five years to be selected by the club for the honour and despite Leeds losing the game 3-1, Sam said it was a great experience.

He carried the match ball on to the pitch at Elland Road alongside his favourite players Lloyd Sam and Kasper Schmeichel.

He also met the players in the changing rooms and had a kick-about at half time with his family watching from the stands.

Sam was also delighted to meet Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and shake hands with Theo Walcott.

Sam’s mum Claire (40), of Rainhall Crescent said: “He was very excited, especially as Leeds were playing Arsenal. It was just pot luck that he managed to be involved in the FA Cup. It was the best day of his life.”

Sam’s passion for Leeds United began at just an hour old when he received his first football strip from dad John who is also a life-long fan.

And Sam’s fun week did not stop there. He spoke to Chris Evans on Radio 2 about his experience.

Mrs McGlashan entered her son for the phone-in where children say what they have done for the first time.

Sam said: “It was not a great night for the team but a good night for me. I went into the changing rooms which were smaller than I imagined. The game was five out of 10 but definitely 10 out of 10 for me.”