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Young Shaker to Walk out at Wembley

1 February 2016

Young Shakers fan Paul Mason has won the chance to walk out with a semi-finalist at Wembley.

Ahead of our FA Cup tie at Gigg Lane against Hull City, we challenged our young fans (aged 7-10) to tell us why they are Bury's biggest junior fan to be in with a chance of winning a once in a lifetime opportunity of walking out onto the Wembley pitch during an FA Cup semi-final match.

After trawling through the entries there was only one winner - 10 year old Paul Mason who has been a season ticket holder for 5 years and has been to 16 away grounds on his travels with the Shakers.

Below you can read the email young Paul sent to us: -

"My name is Paul Mason, I live in Brandlesholme and I am ten years old and I believe I am Bury FC's biggest junior football fan.

My dad took me to watch my first Bury game when I was only one year old and I have been going ever since.

I have been a season ticket holder now for five seasons and sit in the Main stand with my granddad, my dad and my younger brother Matthew.

I have previously been a mascot for Bury against Oldham Athletic along with my brother Matthew on 28th April 2012 when I was six years old.

I have already been to watch Bury at sixteen different away grounds and keep all my ticket stubs in a picture folder from all the away games. My Dad also takes a picture of me and my brother at every away ground we go to. My longest away trips have included travelling to Portsmouth last season and Colchester this season.

When Ryan Lowe attended my school, Summerseat Methodist Primary school in May last year to open our new play zone, he could not believe it when I told him I had travelled all the way to Portsmouth to watch Bury when he scored the winning goal. Ryan even mentioned me and my brother's loyalty on an interview he did for Shakers Player saying "God knows what time those boys had to leave the house to get to Portsmouth".

Only last week, I convinced my mum it was a good idea to allow me to go with my dad to Bradford City on a school night for the FA cup replay. I think I might of been the youngest Bury Supporter there!

Mr Ollis my head teacher (who is also a big Bury fan) knew I had been to Bradford City and was so pleased with the result that he jokingly said to my mum that he didn't mind me having a nap in his office because the game had ended that late because of the extra time and penalties.

I have celebrated two promotions, one at Chesterfield and last season at Tranmere Rovers. I also went to the after match celebration at Gigg Lane after the Tranmere Rovers game last season and got my pictures taken with the players on the pitch.

I have also been on a stadium tour with Forever Bury this season before the Burton game and met most of the players who signed my autograph book. I also spend all my Birthday and Christmas money on Bury merchandise.

I have sent you some pictures to show you how much of a Shakers fan I am.

I have got a few last words BURY FC THE TEAM FOR ME!

It would be great if you could pick me.

Thanks a lot

Paul Mason."

Here are a few picture of Paul in his favourite team's colours since he was a baby: -

Paul in his first Bury kit.

Paul walking out as a mascot for our game against Oldham on 28th April 2012.

Paul and his brother Matthew at Fratton Park, Portsmouth.

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