Bobby Dalton from Fermoy was just four when he became a member of Chelsea FC Supporters’ Club and the 11-year-old has since made many trips to see the team.
It is in his blood, he is the fourth generation of his family to support the London club.
“All of our family are Chelsea fans,” mum Vicky Walsh told the Evening Echo. “My dad and his dad and all my brothers and I have supported the club all our lives.”
Cheering them on from the sidelines is one thing but getting out on the field with his heroes required persistence.
“We kept reapplying every year, and finally this summer we got the call,” Vicky said.
Bobby is going to be a mascot at Chelsea’s fourth Premier League match of the upcoming season — the home game against Bournemouth at 3pm on Saturday September 1.
He doesn’t have the full itinerary yet but knows it is going to be a dream day for a young football fan. There will be plenty of opportunities to see superstars like Willian, Thibaut Courtois and his favourite player, Eden Hazard.
“We are flying over that morning,” Vicky said. “At some point, he will be brought into the dressing room to meet the players and take some photos and all that and then he will walk out onto the pitch holding the captain’s hand.”
Bobby will have plenty of fans of his own in the stands.
“He got three tickets for the match as part of being a mascot but all the family are going,” Vicky said.
“When we get over we will meet some other friends there so there will be a big group going together.”
Sounds like Bobby will have quite a story to tell his Gaelscoil de hÍde classmates when he returns.