Leeds United’s grown-up fans can realise their mascot dream

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Leeds United fans who never had the chance to be a matchday mascot as youngsters have been given a second shot at stepping onto Elland Road’s field of dreams with the club’s players.

United have announced that adult supporters will be acting as mascots at the home game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, April 4.

They will pay £500 for the opportunity to walk out in full kit with Marco Silvestri, Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and co ahead of kick-off in the Championship fixture.

Proceeds from the fun initiative will be split between Comic Relief and the MT Melanoma Research Fund.

Skin cancer melanoma claimed the life of popular United physio Bruce Craven at the age of just 32 in 2005.

A United spokesman told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We hear from a lot of adults who wish they could have been a mascot when they were kids.

“Well, now their dream could become a reality – and they can help two great causes into the bargain.”

To apply for a place as one of the adult mascots, simply e-mail matchdaymascots@leedsunited.com by close of play next Friday, March 27.

If more than the required number of people put their names forward, then a ballot will be held.

Successful applicants will be notified on Monday, March 30.

Their special matchday package will include a home kit and signed ball as well as a pitchside photo with a player.

Children will also be acting as mascots as usual at the Blackburn game.