Lewis United Youth's Under 12 squad have been at the prestigious Norway Cup over the last week and have so far won all five of their fixtures.
With the results for the team clearly impressing the tournament’s organisers, one lucky Lewis United player, Evan Robertson, was chosen to play as part of the Norway Cup Select All Stars team to play against Liverpool Academy. That probably would have been enjoyable enough for the Lewis United squad to watch, but after 10 minutes the Liverpool goalkeeper was injured. Without a replacement on the bench, the Liverpool Academy manager Phil Thompson was stuck for ideas.
With a fair amount of gumption and opportunism, what followed became a dream come true for a young Lewis United player. Their goalkeeper, Sandy Watt, stood up from his seat and shouted, more in hope that expectation, "I’m a goalie, I’ll play for you!".
Thompson beckoned the youngster down, helped the young Scotsman over the barrier and sent him on to the pitch in the direction of the Liverpool goal. With no Liverpool replacement available, Watt spent the rest of the game playing for the five-time European Champions.
"I thought I was going to come just to sit and watch the game today – I never dreamt that I would be asked to play. I’m actually a big Liverpool fan – so to have the honour of being called on by a club legend like Phil Thompson was superb," Watt told the Norway Cup website.
"We have two teams here with Lewis United – and both have won all of their games so far. As it is non-competitive we will not have the chance to play in a final on this pitch – so it was a definite privilege to play today on here."
With the tournament running until the 1st of August, the goalkeeper, a huge Liverpool FC fan, will continue playing for the Merseyside club for its duration.