ECHO mascots get ready for cup final glory
TWO lucky lads will lead their heroes out in a once-in-a-lifetime chance at the FA Cup semi-final.
Jack Stiles and Harvey Loughran-Tan will don their red and blue kits for the Merseyside clash next Saturday after the ECHO teamed up with ESPN to offer this exciting prize.
The youngsters will walk out on to the hallowed turf as the teams are led on to the pitch by Kenny Dalglish and David Moyes and stand with their heroes as they line-up for the pre-match handshakes.
The pair will also get a brand new kit to wear on the day and take home with them.
Toffees supporter Harvey, seven, of Runcorn is a season ticket holder in Goodison’s Family Enclosure alongside mum Siobhan and dad Geoff.
The St Mary’s Church of England Primary school pupil said: “I can’t wait. My favourite players are Royston Drenthe and Tim Howard.”
Mum Siobhan, who will be travelling to Wembley with Harvey, said: “We’ve been taking Harvey to Goodison for a few years, this is his first year as a season ticket holder.
“I think he’s a bit overwhelmed at the moment and a bit nervous, but he’s really excited about it.”
LFC fan Jack, 11, said it was a dream come true. The Rice Lane Primary pupil said: “I thought my dad was messing when he told me I’d won. I can’t believe it, I’m very excited but I’ll be nervous on the day.
“I can’t wait to meet all the players. My favourites are Gerrard and Suarez.”
Dad Alan from Anfield who will be accompanying Jack, added: “He loves football and goes training each week. He was made up when I told him – he keeps asking if I’m sure. He’s told all his friends he’s going to Wembley, it’s going to be a fantastic day.”
Everton and Liverpool fans get their hands on FA Cup after visiting new Tesco Extra store in Toxteth
EVERTON and Liverpool fans got their hands on the FA Cup – by popping to the supermarket.
The two halves of Merseyside go head to head at Wembley next weekend in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
But fans of the two clubs were able to touch and be pictured with the famous trophy which was temporarily on display from Thursday until yesterday at the new Tesco Extra store in Park Road, Toxteth.
As well as holding the cup shoppers could enter a free competition to win tickets for the final.
The trophy had arrived at the store with its own entourage which included two security guards.
Store manager Richard Hatley manager said the looming cup-tie had prompted friendly banter between staff and added: “I’m delighted that we’ve got the opportunity to have the FA Cup on display ahead of the big day at Wembley.”