FOOTBALL: Blue is the colour for Jack
CHELSEA-MAD youngster Jack Eden will walk out as a Stamford Bridge matchday mascot next month – 30 years after his dad Simon did the same.
The 11-year-old, who lives in Pewsham and became a Year 7 student at Abbeyfield School this week, was put on the waiting list by his aunt Rachel Hirschfield when he was born and his wait will end in the Blues’ clash with Norwich City on October 6.
The youngster will follow in the footsteps of South London-born Simon, who was a mascot in the Blues’ match against Grimsby Town in November 1981.
Jack has received a new Chelsea strip ahead of his appearance, complete with the name of one of his favourite players – and namesake – Eden Hazard.
“It’s really exciting,” said the FC Chippenham Youth U12 Panthers player.
“I’ve always loved going to Chelsea games and I’ve always wanted to be a mascot. My favourite players are Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard.”
Unfortunately for dad Simon, his younger brother Alfie, seven, has been quickly swayed by the lighter shade of blue of Manchester City.
“We’ve gotten him a shirt with Mario Balotelli’s name (his favourite player) on it but he’s young and there’s still time to try and convert him to Chelsea.”