Two younger cousins have been delighted to be given the chance to be digital referee mascots on the Scottish Cup Closing not too long ago.
Due to Specsavers and the Scottish Soccer Affiliation (SFA), the match referee, Nick Walsh, shocked Melissa and Isla Robertson at their grandad’s residence in East Kilbride forward of the match to inform them the information.
Additionally they acquired the possibility to take an in depth take a look at the Scottish Cup trophy.
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Melissa, 11, and Isla, 12, have been digital mascots for the behind closed doorways match between St Johnstone and Hibernian at Hampden Park – which noticed Perth aspect St Johnstone win 1-0.
The fortunate pair had a digital tour of the stadium earlier than the match and their names flashed up on the massive display promoting hoardings earlier than kick-off. Additionally they acquired goody baggage after the match.
The younger soccer followers’ are the granddaughters of Bryan Robertson, who has been concerned in refereeing for the previous 50 years with the Glasgow Referee Affiliation.
He additionally performed a job in Nick Walsh’s refereeing profession, mentoring the class one official as he progressed by means of the ranks.
Bryan’s contribution to refereeing was additionally celebrated in the course of the shock go to, as Nick offered him with a commemorative Scotland Cap, acknowledging his service to refereeing over time.
Susanne Akil, Specsavers’ Scottish chairwoman, says: “We have been delighted to work with the SFA to shock these two younger soccer followers forward of the Scottish Cup Closing and supply them this distinctive alternative to be digital referee mascots.
“It was particularly beautiful to see Melissa and Isla’s names in lights in the course of the match contemplating their household connection to refereeing and after watching their grandad’s contribution to the occupation being recognised by the referee he mentored.”
Nick Walsh added: “I used to be honoured to shock each Melissa and Isla with this distinctive expertise, while additionally presenting the well-deserved commemorative Scotland Cap to Bryan.
“I used to be happy to have two fanatical soccer followers performing because the referee mascots for the Scottish Cup Closing and hope that they had a unbelievable time. It was nice to see how excited they have been once I turned up at Bryan’s residence.”
Specsavers is the official sponsor of the SFA match officers.
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