Larne boy scores hat-trick of Manchester United heroes

L-R: Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt with Larne boy Dean Norrell. INLT-05-714-con
L-R: Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt with Larne boy Dean Norrell. INLT-05-714-con

This is the moment a Larne lad and his gobsmacked Dad enjoyed a chance encounter with their football heroes.

Larne High School pupil Jonathan Norrell, 12, and his Dad Dean Hodge travelled to Manchester last week for Manchester United’s game against Hull.

While the game ended with no goals, the pair thought they’d scored a hat-trick after a trio of Manchester United legends wandered into their hotel.

“We were staying at the Hotel Football and just after the game Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt walked in and sat at the next table,” revealed Dean, who organised the trip as a Christmas present to his son.

“I didn’t know where to look but they were lovely and happy to pose for the fans.

“My son Jonathan got a photo with them, we were so excited and it’s a great memory.

“We’re going to get the photo framed and we will definitely be back!”