‘It’s made my day, my life, really!’: Quick-thinking ballboy, who celebrated with Jose Mourinho after helping assist Harry Kane’s goal, opens up on the ‘surreal’ moment… and revising for an exam on the way home!
- The ballboy who helped set up Harry Kane’s goal said how much it meant to him
- Jose Mourinho thanked a ballboy for the part he played in Kane’s first goal
- He rushed to throw the ball to Serge Aurier in the build-up to the equaliser
- Mourinho high-fived and hugged the boy in his first home game as Spurs boss
The ballboy who helped set up Harry Kane’s equaliser against Olympiakos and celebrated with Jose Mourinho has revealed it was one of the best moments of his life.
With Tottenham trailing 2-1, the ball went out for a throw-in to the hosts and Callum, 15, raced to throw the ball to Serge Aurier.
Aurier then found Lucas Moura with his throw and the Brazilian crossed for Harry Kane, who slotted home the equaliser.
Jose Mourinho thanked a ballboy for the part that he played in Harry Kane’s goal for Tottenham
He acted quickly to throw the ball to Serge Aurier in the build-up to Kane’s fist goal
Mourinho, in his first home game as Tottenham manager, was quick to acknowledge the part that he had played in Kane’s strike.
The Portuguese high-fived and hugged him, which will no doubt help to endear him to Spurs fans.
But Callum revealed he had much bigger things to worry about that evening.
‘The whole way home I was using a torch in the car to go over my maths revision!’ Callum told Tottenham’s official website.
‘It’s all a bit surreal,’ said Callum, now into his sixth season as a ballboy and a ‘veteran’ of the Lane, Wembley and even Spurs’ League Cup tie at MK Dons. ‘I was just doing my job and I still can’t quite believe what happened.
‘I didn’t even see the goal! I was busy getting the ball that had come off (after Masouras tackled Aurier) and then I heard the cheer. I turned around and Harry was celebrating.
‘I looked at the replay on the screen and watched exactly what happened. You can see from my smile it was just unbelievable.
‘Jose didn’t have to do that. It was really nice of him to come over to me. It’s made my day, my life, really! I love Spurs and it was an amazing moment I’ll never forget.’
Mourinho praised the ballboy after the game. Speaking to BT Sport, Mourinho said: ‘I love intelligent ballboys. I was a brilliant ballboy as a kid and this kid was brilliant. He understands the game and he got an assist.’
Mourinho’s side went on to win the match 4-2 after Kane grabbed his second and Aurier added a fourth.
Harry Kane celebrates after drawing Tottenham level five minutes into the second-half