The mascots line up against Metalist Kharkiv

Young fans Ben Milner and James Humphries were among the lucky Magpies Members who were chosen at random to be the 18 mascots for Newcastle United's Europa League round of 32 first leg match against Metalist Kharkiv.

And, following Thursday night's victory in the second leg which came a week after the 0-0 draw in the home leg, they turned out to be lucky mascots for Alan Pardew's team.

It was the latest Money-Can't-Buy initiative for the Club's young Members, who can enter exclusive monthly competitions as one of their many benefits. Here, Ben and James look back on a day they will never forget.

I was already looking forward to going to the Europa League game with my Corbridge under-11s team when my dad told me my name had been drawn out to be a mascot. That was when I really started to get excited!

On the night me and my family and all the other mascots arrived at the Milburn stand reception at 7pm where we met Ollie Stapleton, who had organised everything. We were taken up to the second floor - past the trophy room and into one of the corporate rooms, where we were to get changed. Every mascot was given a bag with either a white or red strip in it which we were able to keep afterwards. The strip I was given was red but at that point I didn't know whether I was to be with the Newcastle or Metalist players. I really hoped it was Newcastle.

Once all the mascots had their strips on, the mums and dads were taken to their seats in the stadium. When Ollie returned we were taken downstairs to the old Milburn stand where we were told what was going to happen. That was when I found out I was going to be a mascot for the Newcastle side, which was fantastic because that was what I'd really wanted.

All of the mascots were lined up in the tunnel before the players came out of the dressing room. I was really nervous and excited waiting in the tunnel for the players as we could hear all of the noise and music from the stadium outside. The players were led out of the dressing room by Fabricio Coloccini and were lined up next to all of the mascots ready to go out onto the pitch.

Once all of the players were ready, we were led out onto the pitch and lined up behind the Europa League banner. In the line, I started looking up into the Milburn stand to try and find my family and Corbridge team mates who I knew were in there somewhere. I eventually spotted them and gave them a wave.

Lining up on the pitch with all of the players and looking up into the stand is something that I will never forget. The Club have given the mascots a photo that was taken before the game of us all lined up with the players. It was an awesome experience and I would like to thank the Junior Magpies for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Ben Milner

James Humphries lines up with the Metalist Kharkiv team

My dad only told me I had won one of the places on the morning of the match, so it was a long day at school before it was finally time to go home and head to the ground.

This was my first European match at St. James' Park. I went along with my mum and dad and brother Mark. We were told to be early at the ground - 7pm for the 8.05pm kick off.

We got taken up to Club St. James' Suite on level two where all the mascots got changed. Dad got a couple of photos until, at 7.40pm, we said goodbye to our parents and then came the moment when we were called to the tunnel area.

We lined up on either side of the tunnel and then the two teams came out together. I went out with Metalist's big number six, Marco Torsiglieri. He looked like Goran Ivanisevic. It was a tough marking job but I think I did okay.

When the Europa League anthem played, that was the signal to walk out onto the pitch. The roar from the crowd was incredible. We lined up in front of the players and the TV camera came along and did some close ups.

The players broke away for the warm up and then it was time to rejoin our parents. We had great seats right behind Alan Pardew and I managed to get his and James Perch's autographs.

Newcastle played well against tough opponents and we were unlucky not to get a goal or two that would have given us a lead going into the second leg. It was a fantastic experience being a mascot and one that I will never forget.

James Humphries

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