Football fan Mia is a Wembley mascot
A PRESTWICH girl was the envy of thousands of young soccer fans nationwide when she was selected as a mascot for last night’s England and Scotland international at Wembley.
Mia Brandwood, aged 10, was gracing the famous turf as one of England’s player escorts after being chosen to help lead out the teams after a ballot involving thousands of hopefuls.
She is already a football fanatic, being a West Bromwich Albion season ticket holder. She has attended 12 England games and visited nearly every Premier League ground.
But last night was the youngster’s best soccer experience to date, watched by her proud parents Sharon, aged 38, 37-year-old Ade, and her brother, Charlie, aged six.
Sharon said: “To enter the ballot, you have to be a member of the England Supporters’ Club.
“And any member aged between seven and 11 could enter to be a mascot. Thousands must have applied and it’s a great honour for Mia to have been chosen. We also received two free tickets while Mia got a goodie bag as part of the package.”
In the run-up to last night’s event Mia, of Beaufort Street, was said to be “very exited but a little nervous.” The youngster is a pupil at St Mary’s Primary School in Prestwich.
Her love with football began when her dad, who hails from the Midlands, took her to see his beloved West Brom six years ago.
“She’s been a season ticket holder for the past three years and has been to around 100 home games. She just loves football,” said mum Sharon. “My son is also a season ticket holder. I’m the black sheep of the family as I’d rather go shopping than watch football.”
Last season, Mia was a mascot when Manchester City played host to West Brom in a Premier League clash.
And as a keen England fan, she has travelled as far as Norway to cheer on her country.
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