Gunners fan proves he’s the fastest on the draw

Herald Series: Freddie Richens with Arsenal star Mesut Ozil. Freddie Richens with Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.

FOOTBALL players seem to get younger every year, but this one has really jumped the Gunners.

Lucky nine-year-old Freddie Richens, from Faringdon, was chosen at random from more than 30,000 young Arsenal fans to be Arsenal’s mascot for a Premier League match.

He led the team out on to the pitch before their 1-1 draw against Everton on Sunday.

Being a member of Arsenal’s junior supporter’s club, the Junior Gunners, gave Freddie the once-in-a-lifetime chance of walking the team out on to the pitch for the kick-off at the Emirates Stadium.

He even got to meet his heroes ahead of the game, including the side’s record £42.5m signing, midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Freddie, who goes to Longcot and Fernham CofE School, near Faringdon, said he was delighted.

He said: “It was brilliant to have been chosen to be the mascot and to walk the team out on to the pitch.

“I got to meet loads of players; it was really exciting.”

Mr Ozil said the feeling was mutual: “It was great to meet Freddie. He was really excited and a passionate young supporter. It was good to see.”

Freddie, who lives in Marlborough Gardens, Faringdon, inherited his love of Arsenal from his uncle Stacey, who picked the Gunners to support when he was growing up in Faringdon.

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Now the whole family – Freddie, his big brother Toby, 14, uncle Stacey, cousin Mia, 10, and granddad Peter Wright, all go to watch them play a few times each year.

Mr Wright, who also lives in Marlborough Gardens, said: “How good does it get? What a lucky young man.

“When his mum Amanda saw him walk out on to the pitch she burst into tears.”

Freddie also plays tennis at county level and takes in the odd round of golf with his granddad.

Sue Campbell, manager of the Junior Gunners, said: “We were delighted to offer Freddie the chance to be our mascot for the game against Everton.

“This is one of the many occasions throughout the year where our Junior Gunners get the opportunity to meet their heroes, and it is always a memorable event.”

  • Information on the Junior Gunners and becoming an Arsenal mascot at www.always aheadofthegame.com/junior

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11:20am Fri 13 Dec 13

flynn77 says...

Thats child abuse. Why would any parent let their child dress in such a way.

Really must be a slow news week, can't you send a photographer out to take a picture of Jenny Hannaby looking miserable next to the volenteer bridge?

In actual news the bridge is being shut for 6 months so the council can paint the barrier (just in case you though 6 weeks to change the light bulbs at ridgeway garage crossroads was a long time). Be prepared for 6 months of hell on the roads :)
Thats child abuse. Why would any parent let their child dress in such a way. Really must be a slow news week, can't you send a photographer out to take a picture of Jenny Hannaby looking miserable next to the volenteer bridge? In actual news the bridge is being shut for 6 months so the council can paint the barrier (just in case you though 6 weeks to change the light bulbs at ridgeway garage crossroads was a long time). Be prepared for 6 months of hell on the roads :) flynn77

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