Mar 16 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A SCHOOLBOY lived his dream when he walked out in front of 60,000 football fans at one of the world’s top stadiums.
Alloway Primary pupil Aaron Murray led out European giants AC Milan for their clash with Arsenal in London last week.
And he almost played his part in one of the Champions League’s all-time greatest matches.
Aaron, seven, won a contest to be a match mascot at the huge European tie.
But he was stunned when he found out he’d be walking beside one of the team’s captains at the Emirates Stadium.
Dad Scott revealed: “The whole thing came as a complete surprise, really.
“Aaron had been entered in the online competition by his mum, but nothing more was thought about it.
“We then got a call on the Friday to say Aaron had won and must be in London for the Tuesday night to lead out either AC Milan or Arsenal.
“He was hoping to get Robin Van Persie, the Arsenal captain, but in the end it was Christian Abbiati, the Milan goalie.
“Aaron follows Arsenal as his English team so he was just delighted to be there at all.”
Aaron then trooped out on the lush Emirates turf in front of a packed house and a massive worldwide TV audience.
And the game almost went down in history as Arsenal came within a whisker of overturning a 4-0 first leg deficit to reach the tournament’s quarter finals.
Scott added: “There was an amazing atmosphere at the ground and it looked like Aaron was going to be part of one of football’s all time great matches.
“Everything happened in such a rush that it was quite hard for him to take it all in.
“I think he was quite nervous about standing shoulder to shoulder with all of these massive stars that you see on the television, but afterwards he was just so excited.
“It was great to watch it back on the telly and see him leading out the teams.
“Maybe one day he’ll be walking out as a player in one of these big games – that would be his ultimate dream.”