Lewis’s Hampden honour

LUCKY Lewis Anderson from Earlston was the envy of his schoolchums when he escorted Scotland striker Kenny Miller out on to Hampden Park ahead of the national team’s World Cup qualifier against Serbia.

Lewis, nine, was selected as a player escort for the match after his dad, Robert, entered him into the McDonalds Player Escort competition.

Robert told TheSouthern: “We only heard that he had won the prize the week before the match so it was a very exciting week in the build-up to the game.”

As part of the prize, Lewis received three tickets for the game, a Scotland strip and a goodie-bag.

A keen footballer, Lewis plays for Earlston Rhymers Youths and Bonnyrigg Rose, and supports Hearts and Manchester 
United.

On the day of the match he arrived at Hampden at 1.30pm and was told that he would be lined up with a Scotland player but, at that time, no one knew who he would be paired 
with.

After being taken down to the changing rooms to change into the strip they had been given 
the winners were then taken out on to the pitch for a group photograph. After the photograph was taken they lined up to welcome the players back into the tunnel after their warm-up.

Lewis managed to get a high five from Charlie Adam, Andy Webster, Gary Caldwell and a couple of others.

They were then taken back 
into the tunnel to await the players where they were 
sorted by height so Lewis was quite near the back. He was lucky enough to be Kenny Miller’s mascot and was then led out of the tunnel and on to the Hampden pitch.

Overall a tremendous day that Lewis and the rest of his family will never forget.