'Grumpy' Sir Alex still scores with Kaine

WHEN a football crazy youngster from Worle turned up at the airport for a birthday celebration he did not expect the manager

WHEN a football crazy youngster from Worle turned up at the airport for a birthday celebration he did not expect the manager of the biggest football club in the world to arrive as well.Kaine Catterall, aged eight, and his mum Jo, aged 27, had arrived at Bristol International Airport for a private helicopter trip, which had been arranged to celebrate the 60th birthday of the youngster's grandad.While waiting for their trip, which had been delayed due to fog, they heard that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would be arriving to board a private jet.Jo said: "We went outside to see if the jet was arriving and after about half an hour a black 4x4 vehicle pulled up with Sir Alex in the passenger seat."We couldn't believe it. When he saw me coming he had a shocked look on his face, but when he saw my son rushing towards him with a pen, he opened the door."Kaine, a pupil at Herons' Moor Community Primary School, said: "It was quite a shock to meet him because I have been a big fan of Manchester United since I was four years old."I asked Mr Ferguson for his autograph but I did not have anything for him to write on. He said it was okay and used a leaflet he had in his car."He asked me my name and gave me his signature. I told him my favourite player is Wayne Rooney and he smiled and nodded."Most of the time he seemed quite grumpy, but it was brilliant to meet him."Jo added: "It's amazing we got to meet him at all. Apparently the paparazzi missed him completely."While I was taking photos his phone was going non-stop and he did seem a bit miserable, but it was really good of him to take time to speak to my son."Football fan Kaine is now trying to join Milton Nomads Junior Football club to follow in the footsteps of his dad, Martyn Riordan, who used to play for Bristol Rovers' youth team.When asked what he wanted to be when he grows up, Kaine said: "David Beckham.


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