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Burntwood brothers play football with their Wembley hero

Muse fans Ben and Jack Lowe before kick-off

Paradise Lounge FC may not have had a match at the weekend, but two of their players had the game of their lives with their musical hero.

Burntwood brothers Ben Lowe, 21, and Jack Lowe, 17, played 90 minutes with Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme on Sunday (September 12) – less than 24 hours after his band performed in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Wolstenholme organised the friendly and using Twitter he invited Muse fans to The Hive in Barnet to watch, but Ben and Jack brought their boots and hoped one of their heroes would need to recruit two more players.

But what happened was beyond their wildest dreams. Ben explained:

“Muse are mine and Jack’s favourite band by a million miles and Chris is a genuine hero to us, so we thought it was worth driving down to Barnet because we knew there was a tiny chance of meeting him.

“Their show on Saturday night was absolutely phenomenal so just shaking his hand or having our Wembley tickets signed would have been awesome, but when we got there we walked into the dressing room and asked him if his team needed a couple more players.

“His face lit up because they did and he handed us a shirt each. It was unbelievable.”

Chris Wolstenholme with Jack and Ben Lowe

Ben and Jack started the game in defence and were on the pitch until Dermot Gallagher’s full-time whistle. Muse lost 4-3, but Jack loved every second:

“It was so surreal. Chris made us feel like one of his mates and we played our hearts out. Chris scored the equaliser to make it 3-3 and as soon as the goal went in I remember us running over to him to give him a hug! I met the band’s drum tech who was also playing and it was brilliant to talk to him.”

After the match Chris signed Ben’s ticket and posed for a photo in the changing room. Ben added:

“He’s a really lovely bloke – very down-to-earth and easy to talk to. Muse were amazing at Wembley and to follow the best show we’ve ever seen by playing football with the bassist is incredibly special. It really was a dream come true for us.”

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  1. Mary Stanton-Anderson

    13th September, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    What a great day, after 2 amazing concerts!  Congrats on making the team!  I actually got a couple pix of you two at the footie match, can email them to you; find me on FB or (gocanux).  Flying home to US tomorrow, will post pix and vids on FB Wed or Thurs.   –Mary

  2. Chris Burgess

    13th September, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Nice to meet you guys yesterday.
    You both had good games.

    Pretty cool afternoon all in all.

  3. Ben Lowe

    13th September, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Cheers Chris. Nice to meet you too mate.

  4. Nick Chamberlain

    13th September, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Yes, well played guys. What an experience, what a weekend, and nice to meet you both.
    All the best.

  5. Muhammed Jr

    14th September, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    hi have you got anymore pictures from the game…. I was there but playing for wembley… thanks