‘He comes for lunch with the boys’: Jose Mourinho invites quick-thinking ballboy to Tottenham’s pre-match meal ahead of Bournemouth clash
- The influence of the ballboy led to Tottenham’s equaliser on Tuesday night
- Callum Hynes threw the ball quickly to right back Serge Aurier to start the attack
- Spurs manager Jose Mourinho praised the 15-year-old after the game
- He has now been invited for a meal with the first-team squad on Saturday
Jose Mourinho will invite ball-boy Callum Hynes to a pre-match meal with the team by way of thank you after his quick reactions helped Tottenham score a vital equaliser against Olympiacos.
Hynes threw the ball back to Serge Aurier who launched an attack which resulted in a goal for Harry Kane as Spurs fought back from two down to win 4-2 on Tuesday and qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League.
Mourinho praised the 15-year-old, who is involved in one of the club’s community schemes, at the time and gave him a high-five.
Jose Mourinho thanks Callum Hynes for the part he played in Harry Kane’s goal on Tuesday
He acted quickly to throw the ball to Serge Aurier in the build-up to Kane’s equalising strike
Now, he wants him to enjoy being part of the team’s preparations ahead of the game against Bournemouth, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, on Saturday.
‘He comes for lunch, for a pre-match meal with the boys,’ said the Spurs boss on Friday.
‘Happy days for the kid and hopefully we gave him amazing memories for the rest of his life, so beautiful for him.’
Hynes himself spoke on Thursday on how ‘surreal’ it has been for him since Tuesday night.
‘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.
Harry Kane celebrates scoring Tottenham’s equaliser against Olympiacos on Tuesday night
Mourinho has now invited the 15-year-old to Spurs’ pre-match meal at the stadium on Saturday
‘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.’
Tottenham host Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon in Mourinho’s first Premier League game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.