The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Stu­art Ham­monds

TAY­LOR HUNT is lov­ing his new sta­tus as the world’s most fa­mous ball­boy – and re­vealed that a pre-match team-talk from Wy­combe boss Gareth Ainsworth inspired his goal cel­e­bra­tion last week.

The ten-year-old was first to jump on Aaron Pierre when the de­fender headed in a 95th-minute equaliser against Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge, and the online video of his part in the Chair­boys’ bun­dle went vi­ral, with more than three mil­lion views.

In­vited down to the League Two club’s train­ing ground on Tues­day morn­ing to meet his hero and boss Ainsworth, Tay­lor – who was also in­ter­viewed by a Nor­we­gian TV sta­tion – re­vealed: “I’m not known as Tay­lor any­more – I’m ‘the Wy­combe ball-boy!’

“It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause I play for Wy­combe Wan­der­ers Elite Cen­tre and it was so spe­cial to be se­lected as a ball­boy. I was ex­cited to watch from the side of the pitch.

“Gareth spoke to us be­fore and said we’re part of the team as well, so if there’s a goal near us, we can go and celebrate as long as we don’t go on the pitch.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it when Aaron put the header in and I was so happy – I thought‘ I just have to go over there!’

“I looked at my phone af­ter the game and a few peo­ple were talk­ing about the Wy­combe ball­boy, but I never ex­pected it to go global. My friends tell me I’m fa­mous now – I think maybe they are a bit jeal­ous!”

PIC­TURE: PRIME Media Im­ages

BIG LIFT: Ball­boy Tay­lor Hunt’s goal cel­e­bra­tion with Aaron Pierre has gone vi­ral

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