Newcastle United’s club mascot for the Wear-Tyne derby kept a promise to his under-11s coach and teased the Sunderland team in the tunnel ahead of the match.
We met up with 11-year-old Oliver Aitken from Howdon as he got ready for his big day.
He explained how he was hoping to earn a bit of extra pocket money by winding up the opposition.
He said: "My football coach said he’d give me a fiver for every Sunderland player I snub. I think I’ll be rich after the match if he keeps his word.
“I’m expecting to get some boos but that’s all part of it."
Oliver plays for Killingworth under 11s football team and the fixture was his first away derby.
He said: “I didn’t really get much sleep last night because I was so excited.
“My aunty bought me a packet of Lucky Charms breakfast cereal for my birthday which I saved especially for this morning.
“I’m hoping it might bring us good luck and that I’ll be a lucky charm for the team.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the players. I’ve got all of their signatures already but I’ve never met them all together."
Oliver, who has a speech impediment, has played football from an early age.
He says it has helped him overcome his stammer.
He said: “Having a stammer can be frustrating because some people are impatient or take the mick out of me.
“The only time I feel free is when I’m on the pitch. When I’m playing football none of that matters and I can just get on with the game.”
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