Last Saturday’s Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea will be one that eight-year-old Hammers fan Danny Jones won’t forget in a hurry.
Not only was the Haverhill schoolboy a match-day mascot, but he also got to have a chat and get his picture taken with the ‘Chosen One’, aka Chelsea manager José Mourinho.
To top it all, West Ham won the match 2-1 and Danny got to run out with his favourite player, Brazilian goalkeeper Adrián.
Coupals Primary Academy pupil Danny, who plays youth football for Haverhill Rovers, explained what happened when he and the Hammers other mascots met Mourinho in the tunnel some 45 minutes before kick-off.
“He said who is going to win today and we said West Ham 20-0 and he said, shall I go home then,” said Danny.
“I said can I call Costa (Chelsea striker Diego) Costa Coffee, and he said yes.”
Danny, who lives in Arrendene Road, had been on the mascot waiting list for two seasons and was although he was a mascot for the Hammers’ Europa League game with Birkakara in July - when he ran out with Winston Reid - it wasn’t a Premier League game so he was still eligible to be a mascot again.
On Saturday he was given a commemorative goodie bag, with a plaque detailing his name, the match and date along with an autograph book etc.
He had a small training session on the pitch ran by a couple of the West Ham coaches, met the players in the changing room and had the opportunity to get some autographs as well as having a group photo with the available players.
West Ham season ticket holder Danny also met Sky Sports reporter and ex-Premier League player Chris Kamara and his photo was also in the matchday programme.
Despite some divided loyalties in Danny’s family - his mum Emma Palazon’s family are all Hammers supporters and his dad Nick Jones’s family are Chelsea fans - the youngster said it was ‘probably the best day ever.’
He admitted it would have been a ten out of ten day even if West Ham had lost.