Northampton boy wins chance of a lifetime to walk out at Wembley before FA Community Shield

Picture: Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images 560352611
Picture: Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images 560352611

A 10-year-old boy from Northampton walked out at Wembley before the The FA Community Shield on Sunday.

Joshua Billingham, from Duston, was a McDonald’s Player Escort for the day and stepped on the hallowed turf alongside Ramires at the home of English football in front of a 85,000 strong crowd at the curtain raiser for the new Premier League season.

The match, where Premier League winners Chelsea took on FA Cup holders Arsenal, ended in a 1-0 win for Arsenal thanks to a man of the match performance by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Joshua, who won the chance to be a Player Escort by winning a competition, said: “To walk out onto the Wembley pitch was brilliant! Seeing all the fans and hearing the cheers of the crowd made was amazing – all of my friends at school are really jealous.”

Sir Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s director of football, said: “Walking out at Wembley in front of a large crowd is something I’ve been lucky enough to do a few times now but it still remains an unforgettable experience that I will never forget and I’m sure Joshua won’t either. The Community Shield is a game that I always look forward to and it was great to see so many players put in superb performances.”

For further information on McDonald’s involvement in grassroots football visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/betterplay