Dream visit to Stamford Bridge for young Ben

A Bo’ness schoolboy had a dream come true this week as he stepped out as a mascot for Chelsea football club.

Ben Hyslop won the chance to walk out with the teams at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in a competition run by Mastercard. His ‘‘priceless experience’’ was even more special as he watched his team beat the Turkish side 2-0.

The seven-year-old, who is a primary three pupil at Bo’ness Public School, won two tickets to the match as well as getting the chance to walk out with Galatasary player Alex Telles. He also received his own UEFA branded kit. After walking out in front of millions of television viewers, Ben then watched the match with dad Peter MacMichael.

Mum Lorraine Hyslop said: “The first football match Ben ever went to was a Chelsea European game and he has been a fan ever since.

“He was absolutely ecstatic to have won, it was an amazing experience for him.”

Ben, who plays football with Linlithgow Rose 2006 team, said: “I had a great time. It was really noisy when I walked out on the pitch. I would love to play football for Chelsea when I grow up and I can’t wait to tell all my friends about it.”