Teenage Doncaster footballer fulfills Wembley dream

Johnstone's Paint Final 2015 Bristol City v Walsall. Harry Magill in action.
Johnstone's Paint Final 2015 Bristol City v Walsall. Harry Magill in action.
  • Doncaster teenager plays at Wembley
  • 16-year-old Harry graces hallowed turf
  • Host of Doncaster connections at Johnstone Paint Trophy final

A Doncaster teenager fulfilled every football fan’s dream by gracing the hallowed turf of Wembley.

Harry Magill, from Bessacarr, won a charity auction to take part in a special Johnstone’s Sixes match, less than 90 minutes before the main event, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final between Bristol City and Walsall at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The players were split into two teams for the right to be crowned Johnstone’s Sixes winners.

The team names - Aqua Athletic and FC 125 Johnstone’s - reflected one of Johnstone’s best selling products and the fact that the brand is celebrating 125 years in paint respectively.

FC 125 Johnstone’s won the match 4-2 after charging into an early 3-0 lead.

Harry Magill, 16, said: “It was a real once in a lifetime opportunity.

“I was absolutely buzzing to play at Wembley. It’s even bigger than you think it is when you are out there.”

Ben Wilde, brand and sponsorship manager for Johnstone’s Paint, said: “We were delighted to be able to offer our dedicated staff the unique opportunity to play on the hallowed turf at Wembley, which is something most professional footballers can only ever dream of.

“The Johnstone’s Sixes was, once again, a really enjoyable part of Final day. Our staff got into the spirit of things both on and off the pitch, creating some fantastic memories that will last a lifetime.”

Johnstone’s Paint has been bringing colour to the beautiful game by sponsoring the Football League Trophy for nine seasons.

I was absolutely buzzing to play at Wembley.

Harry Magill

The final, which saw Bristol City triumph 2-0 in front of more than 72,000 fans, had a distinctly Doncaster flavour.

Thorne-born former Doncaster Rovers starlet James Baxendale featured for Walsall and was joined by Saddlers team-mates James O’Connor and James Chambers, who also formerly played for Rovers. Richard O’Kelly, who was assistant to Sean O’Driscoll at Doncaster is also with Walsall while former Rovers ace Jay Emmanuel Thomas featured for Bristol City.