Liverpool fan from Flintshire has a ball on the Anfield pitch

Reporter:

Helen Davies

LITTLE Mason Baker’s dreams came true when he appeared on the pitch alongside his footballing heroes.

The football-loving youngster uses a walker to get around because he suffers with cerebral palsy, which affects his legs but that didn’t stop him scoring a goal in front of thousands of cheering Liverpool fans when the team played against Birmingham.

The seven-year-old was chosen as a mascot after his uncle Albert Challoner contacted the disability group at Anfield.

Mason, from Garden City, kept his cool as he walked onto the turf at the stadium along with his sporting idols on Saturday, April 23.

The Sealand Park CP school pupil said: “It was a fantastic day that I will never ever forget.

“We walked into the middle and Raul Meireles helped me by pushing my walker.

“I shook hands with all the Birmingham Players, then we had a kickabout and went on a run before scoring against Pepe Reina and the crowd went wild.”

After meeting referee Howard Webb, Mason left the pitch to applause from fans and a pat on the head from Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.

He then watched his favourite team triumph 5-0 over Birmingham.

Proud mum Tracey Barber said Mason was not at all nervous before his
appearance on the Anfield pitch.

“He was just excited,” she said. “He loves football and can still play with his walker.

“He said he was really happy and it was the best day of his life.”

She added: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Mason’s Uncle Albert, who we call Chip, for all the hard work he has put in and for making this a special day for Mason.”

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