Pars mascot Bruce is in seventh heaven

Bruce Hodgins
Bruce Hodgins

BRUCE Hodgins has received a belter of a birthday treat as he leads out his footballing heroes in a local derby match that could help decide the Scottish First Division title.

The Stirches Primary pupil turned seven on Wednesday and has been chosen as the mascot for tomorrow’s crunch game between Dunfermline and Raith Rovers at East End Park. With just three games to go, the Pars are a point ahead of their Fife rivals.

Bruce’s dad Billy, who is chief executive at Dunfermline FC, said: “I decided to put his name down at the start of the season as mascot for the Raith Rovers game as it was something he always wanted to do and it was simply the next home game after his birthday.

“However, we never expected the game itself to be a sell-out and for it to have such significance.”

Bruce, who is a member of Dunfermline’s Sammy the Tammy kids club, has been to a number of home games this season.

The youngster will lead captain Austin McCann onto the pitch to Dunfermline’s signature song, ‘Into the Valley’, by the Skids, before getting his photo taken and then joining sisters Leanne and Janey, who will also be there to support the team.

Billy added: “Bruce is extremely excited and although he has been to East End Park a lot, we have never had a full stadium in recent times apart from a testimonial with Manchester United a few years ago.

“The noise and atmosphere will be something special and an occasion he will always remember.”