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Ethan's dream comes true with a spot on City's bench

A Dublin schoolboy has fulfilled his dream by having a meet and greet with his football hero -- Manchester City player Joleon Lescott.

Ethan McGarry (11) won the chance to meet his idol after taking top spot in an international T-shirt design competition.

The star, who like Ethan is dyslexic, took the youngster from Skerries in Dublin on a tour of the football club last Saturday following his team's 1-0 victory over Swansea.

Football-mad Ethan was also introduced to Lescott's teammates, including Carlos Tevez and YaYa Toure, before Lescott presented him with a pair of football boots and the shirt he had worn for the game.

Then on Monday, Ethan was given a personal tour of the Manchester City Stadium, which included a chance to sit in the player's dug-out.

Ethan, whose dream is to become a professional football er, told the Herald his four day trip was "really great".

Talented Ethan, who is in sixth class at St Brendan's national school in Skerries, took top spot in the Aspire Attire competition for 11-16- year-olds, which is run by the National Literacy Association in the UK but is also open to Ireland.

The youngster is excited about his upcoming T-shirt on the theme of dreams and aspirations for the new clothing line launched by Lescott and Jordan Stewart.

Lescott said: "Ethan's design puts out a very positive message about believing in yourself no matter what obstacles you have to overcome. It will be a privilege to include it in the LescottStewart clothing line."

Proceeds from the T-shirt, which goes on sale next March, will go to the National Literacy Association to support their work with children who struggle with reading, writing and communication.