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Mascot Charlie is Chelsea darling

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:38 23 August 2010

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AN 11-YEAR-OLD Chelsea fan s lifelong dream came true when he met his heroes and became team mascot for a day. Charlie Clover, of Spring Grove, Gravesend, was team mascot for Chelsea when they played at Stamford Bridge in their last home game against Bol

AN 11-YEAR-OLD Chelsea fan's lifelong dream came true when he met his heroes and became team mascot for a day.

Charlie Clover, of Spring Grove, Gravesend, was team mascot for Chelsea when they played at Stamford Bridge in their last home game against Bolton in the Premiership.

His parents, Nicola and John, applied for Charlie to become mascot when he was just three-years-old.

Eight years later his dream came true when he led the team out on to the pitch against Bolton on April 11 and met players and the coach Guus Hiddink.

He said: "When I found out I was going to be a team mascot, I was shocked. I was speechless really. It is something I have looked forward to all of my life.

"It was such a good day and a brilliant result. Before the game I was able to go in the changing rooms, and I saw all the players, like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Drogba.I got them all to sign my shirt.

"When I led the team out it was brilliant. It was a dream come true for me."

Charlie was able to watch the match sat behind the players dugout, and saw his team eventually win 4-3.

The Whitehill Primary School pupil watched his first Chelsea game aged just 10- months-old, and was even christened Charlie Frank Clover, so he had the initials CFC, the same as Chelsea Football Club. He plays football for his school, and Northfleeet Eagles, who play at Old Gravesendians Rugby Club, and visits Stamford Bridge as often as he can with his dad.

Mum Nicola said: "This has been a dream of Charlie's, to walk out on the Stamford Bridge turf. He wanted to be able to walk out with his team onto the pitch for the last eight years, ever since we applied.

"Now his next wish is for a season ticket!"

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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