29th May, 2020

Nine year-old Catshill FC goalie set to walk out with Liverpool squad during Barcelona clash

Harry Leach 7th May, 2019 Updated: 7th May, 2019

A YOUNG boy from Bromsgrove will walk out with Liverpool Football Club ahead of its Champions League Semi-Final clash with Barcelona tonight.

Nine-year-old Orlando Boyce, who plays in goal for Catshill under 9s football team, will stand side by side with the players at Anfield moments before they attempt to overturn the 3-0 deficit inflicted by Barcelona in the first leg.

He was chosen to be a Liverpool mascot after his mum Karen entered him into Mastercard’s UEFA competition.

“When I applied I didn’t know what game it would be for,” said Karen, “but it didn’t really matter because Orlando is just generally football-mad despite actually being an Aston Villa fan.”

Karen received a call last week explaining that Orlando had been shortlisted for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“At 134cm tall he just about met the competition’s requirements – which is to be under 135cm,” said Karen.

“I was a bit taken back by how specific it was but in general we’re just really excited he has been selected.”

The reds put in a good performance in the first leg despite conceding goals from former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Speaking on Liverpool’s quest for redemption, the Fairfield First School pupil said: “They might be able to pull it off but it will be hard.

“I’m really excited to be standing next to the players, especially Messi who I think is better than Ronaldo and the best player in the world.”

Orlando is currently in Liverpool with his dad Gary, ahead of the 8pm kickoff.

Gary said: “I’m not sure what to expect tonight but we’re looking forward to having a tour of the city before the game.”

Business Directory

From plumbers, to restaurants, we can provide you with all the info you need

Book an Advert

Book your newspaper advert with our online advert creation tool

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Bromsgrove Standard

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts