A Great Day Out For The Winner Of #MyFelipeFlick
Earlier this year, we held a competition to commemorate Felipe Anderson’s brilliant goal against Manchester United at the London Stadium. The goal was a stunning flick which won the West Ham United Goal of the Month prize for September and we invited West Ham fans to recreate the goal, film it, and share it across social media.
There were some truly wonderful recreations and we were delighted with how many fans took time out of their day to try and recreate the majesty of Anderson’s goal. After reviewing all of the entries, it was clear there could only be one winner - Mason Kinsella, age 12. He was actually at the game where Anderson scored the flick, so he was perfectly positioned to recreate it.
Mason And His Family Were Suitably Starstruck
Mason and his family are diehard West Ham fans, so the prize - a morning with West Ham’s first team and a chance to meet some of his heroes - was of huge importance to them. We met the family at West Ham’s Rush Green Training Ground and took them to the press room.
Mason and his mum, dad and sister, sat waiting for West Ham’s stars to turn up and before long, Pablo Zabaleta arrived to sign Mason’s shirt and his autograph book. Declan Rice was up next, quickly followed by Jack Wilshere, Michail Antonio, Łukasz Fabiański and Robert Snodgrass. Soon after, captain Mark Noble turned up to pose for photographs and then came the scorer of the original flick, Felipe Anderson.
Each of the players was showed Mason’s goal and all were impressed. Mason and his family looked suitably starstruck (and to be totally honest, we were a little bit overawed too). Anderson posed for photographs with the family and congratulated Mason on a job well done.
After that, the players went to weigh in, have some breakfast and get ready for training. We took Mason to the clubhouse where we were served fresh orange juice, croissants and pain au chocolat.
Memories To Treasure Forever
We then invited Mason’s family to watch the players train. After some light jogging, there was a rather hectic game of piggy in the middle, where players attempted to prevent their teammates pass the ball to each other.
We saw the boot room, where all the football boots were stored. There must have been a few hundred pairs there, every one specific to each player with a machine to ensure all boots are the perfect fit.
All in all, it was a great occasion and Mason’s family had the experience of a lifetime. They will no doubt be pleased at West Ham’s end to the season, where they wrapped things up with a 4-1 victory away at Watford. They ended up finishing in 10th place which was certainly better than some fans would have expected earlier in the season.
It stands them in good stead for next season, especially if they can continue the momentum generated over the past few weeks. Basset & Gold is always thinking of ways to make the most of their partnership with West Ham United and the look on Mason’s face as he and his family drove away from the Rush Green Training Ground was a joy to behold.
We’d like to give special thanks to the West Ham players who really did go out of their way to ensure the day was one to remember for Mason. His autograph book looked fit to burst by the end and it will no doubt be a memory he and his family will treasure for many years.