Rochdale youngster walks out at Wembley Stadium ahead of 2018 FA Community Shield

Date published: 10 August 2018

Dylan McLachlan from Rochdale was able to experience an unforgettable moment when he walked out at Wembley Stadium before the 2018 FA Community Shield as a McDonald’s Player Escort.

It was a memorable day for Dylan, aged seven, who walked out onto the Wembley pitch in front of 72,000 alongside Phil Foden at the first competitive game ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The match, where reigning Premier League champions Manchester City took on FA Cup holders Chelsea, saw Manchester City lifting the trophy after defeating their rivals 2-0.

Dylan, who won the chance to be a Player Escort by winning a competition on the McDonald’s website, said: “I loved walking out on the Wembley pitch, it was exciting looking at the crowd and seeing them all cheering. I don’t think I’ll ever stop talking about it, it was an amazing dream come true.”

Sir Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s ambassador, said: “Having the chance of walking out in front of 72,000 fans at Wembley is an incredible experience that will never get old. The feeling you get and the reaction from the crowd isn’t something you easily forget. I have no doubt that Dylan had a great day and I’m glad football has the ability to bring such a memorable moment to the lives of many promising young players.”

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