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Young Hibernian fan gets once in a lifetime surprise as team prepares for cup final

Posted: 17th December 2021

Hibernian Football Club and official partner Macklin Motors team up to reward young fan after online social media abuse

Hibernian Football Club and official partner Macklin Motors have this week teamed up to give five-year-old Jacob Ogilvie a tour of the team’s training ground and provide him with the ‘golden ticket’ to this Sunday’s Premier Sports Cup Final against Celtic at Hampden Park.

In November, Jacob’s father posted on Twitter that he was taking his son to Hampden Park for the first time ever which resulted in the young supporter being an unfortunate victim of some online discrimination towards him before the semi-final. But since then, Macklin Motors, the official partner of the club, have stepped in and surprised him with an experience of a lifetime.

The video, a first in a series where Macklin Motors will recognise the role of loyal and local football fans within the community, sees Hibs TV presenter and supporter Gordon Smart surprise young Jacob and his father Fraser Ogilvie with a special trip.

Jacob, whose hero is striker Martin Boyle, is asked in the video on the way to the Hibernian Training Centre, who he thinks is faster off the mark? Himself, or the Hibs frontman. “Definitely me! I’m way faster”, says Jacob as the car drives into the training ground.

The video then shows Jacob taken pitch side where, after training, the first team squad meet him for a kickaround and goalkeeper Maciej Dąbrowski hands over a pair of gloves.

Jacob, clearly blown away by the experience, is then asked to join the team inside where he bumps into his hero, Boyle. The striker gives him a pair of signed boots and Jacob joins the team in the training ground canteen for lunch.

The video culminates in a final treat from Jacob’s hero striker. “Right wee man, thanks for hanging out with us today. I hope you’ve had fun. We’ve got you tickets for the final if you want to come along and support the boys.”

But who will the five-year-old take to the final with him? “You” he replies to Boyle. “Me? I can’t do that – you’re my good luck charm!”

The video is available to watch and share in full now across the Hibernian FC and Macklin Motors social media channels.

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