Dream come true for schoolboy as he takes on big role at Posh

Charlie Cross pictured during the Junior Takeover Day at Peterborough United
Charlie Cross pictured during the Junior Takeover Day at Peterborough United
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Bourne schoolboy Charlie Cross got to meet some of his footballing icons at the weekend after being chosen to be a junior announcer at a Peterborough United match.

The eight-year-old, who has been a committed Posh fan for 18 months, won the opportunity in a competition run by the club.

Charlie Cross pictured during the Junior Takeover Day at Peterborough United

Charlie Cross pictured during the Junior Takeover Day at Peterborough United

Charlie, who is in Year 3 at Bourne Westfield Academy, helped regular matchday announcer Ben Stevenson reveal the team line-ups and announce the goalscorers over the tannoy to nearly 5,500 supporters.

He spent time on the pitch and in the commentary box as Posh took on Oxford United and got to meet manager Grant McCann and his players.

Charlie’s dad Matthew Cross said it was a day to remember. He said: “Charlie loves Posh and always chooses to play as them when playing Fifa on his XBox.

“It was an amazing opportunity. He was on the pitch a lot and got to meet the players.

Charlie Cross pictured during the Junior Takeover Day at Peterborough United

Charlie Cross pictured during the Junior Takeover Day at Peterborough United

“Before the game we were being given a tour of the stadium and bumped into four members of the first team who were having kick around in a corridor and Charlie got to join in which was great.”

There was another surprise for Charlie on the day when he got to meet Star Wars and Harry Potter star Warwick Davis, who was also at the game.

Three other youngsters also visited the club on Saturday as part of the first ever Junior Takeover day at the ABAX Stadium – one working with kitman Dan Wood; another acting as junior press officer; and another as junior manager.

The youngsters secured their places by entering a competition explaining why they thought they were suitable for the roles.

Club spokesman Phil Adlam said: “It is the first time that the club has attempted a Junior Takeover and I am delighted to say that it won’t be the last.

“All four Junior Posh members had a great time, working behind the scenes and seeing how a match day takes shape.

“I would like to thank, in particular, Dan Wood, Ben Stevenson, Grant McCann, the players and everyone at the club who made our guests feel very welcome.”

Charlie plays for Bourne Town Juniors under-8s and dad Matthew has served as an assistant manager at the club.

He and friend Grant Callaby are planning to tackle the 10km Insane Terrain mud run in Wimblington in June to try and raise £5,000 for the club.

For more information or to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/BTJFC