Seven-year-old Daggers fan from Harold Wood leads out side in charity match against West Ham
PUBLISHED: 18:42 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:01 22 March 2018
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A football mad seven-year-old from Harold Wood got to lead out his beloved Dagenham and Redbridge against West Ham after winning a Recorder competition.
Harry Fenn won the Romford Recorder’s competition and was mascot for the game last night.
Harry went to his first Daggers game with his grandad Alan Fenn, from Hornchurch, three years ago, and since then the pair have gone to numerous home and away games.
His grandad said that his “face lit up” when he told him the good news, and that he was excited to meet all the Dagenham players but none more than goalkeeper Mark Cousins.
The shotstopper is Harry’s favourite player and after the game he gave Harry a pair of signed gloves that his dad, Gary, said will take pride of place in his bedroom.
Speaking about the game his dad said that Harry loved it, and got to meet all of the Dagenham players who he said were brilliant with him
His dad said the whole team signed a match programme for him and answered questions from him in the dressing room
He said: “It was a brilliant night, Harry absolutely loved it, all the players were fantastic and I’m sure it’s something he will never forget.”
The youngster is a goalkeeper for Harold Wood Cougars, and even has a sporting claim to fame in his family.
Harry’s uncle - Neil Finn - was at one point the youngest player to ever to appear in a Premiership match.
Neil was a goalkeeper for West Ham, and made his debut for the Hammers in 1996 against Manchester City, aged just 17.
A record that he held until just last season when it was broken by teenager Reece Oxford.
The Recorder spoke to Harry’s grandad before the game and he said: “He just can’t wait, he’s nearly as excited as I am.
“He’s never been a mascot before and when we told him his face lit up.
“It was me and his grandma that entered him in the competition, and you just never think you’re going to win these things.
“He’s absolutely football mad, and he loves playing and watching and everything about it. But its good because it doesn’t affect his schoolwork which is really important.”
A crowd of more than 4,000 people watched the match last night (Wednesday, March 21) as West Ham ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a brace from Michail Antonio and January signing Jordan Hugill grabbed a third.
The match was part of the club’s fundraising venture in support of the #SaveTheDaggers campaign.
The club is in an extremely difficult financial position and is hoping that the game will help to raise much-needed funds to keep the club alive.
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