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Watch: Glentoran fan stitched up on stag do as club's opening day mascot

Glentoran fan Glenn Massey's dream came true on Saturday as he led his team on to the Oval pitch to begin another season of Irish League football, but it wasn't quite in the manner he may have expected.

The 29-year-old took to the pitch alongside club captain Marcus Kane as the club mascot in a perfectly-performanced stag-do prank.

The club kindly relaxed their mascot age policy - normally restricted to fans aged 5-11 - to allow Massey to take up his place in the dressing room and, of course, in the Glentoran Gazette.

Andy got to feature in the matchday programme, which explained that his favourite all-time player is Colin Nixon and his favourite current Glens player is midfielder Steven Gordon.

"Marcus even made me hold his hand as we walked on to the pitch," he told the BBC.

"I didn't know anything about it until we arrived at the ground. I was last through the turnstiles and my mates had bought a programme and were laughing their heads off.

"Then I had to go and get changed into the full Glentoran away kit. Every single player was taking the hand out of me and I was getting plenty of stick from spectators. There were almost 3,000 there."

As if that experience wasn't magic enough - a twist of fate means Glenn won't even have to miss a Glens match for his wedding to Carolyn Crawford on September 15.

That was the day Glentoran were due to travel to the Ballymena Showgrounds but with the relaid surface not yet ready for action, the game has been rearranged for Tuesday, October 30.


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