Best seats in the house for Craig

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WHEN Craig Hislop travelled to Murrayfield for Scotland's Six Nations match against Wales, he was not expecting to enter the stadium through the players' tunnel.

The winners of the Caledonia Best Seat in the House are Andrew Johnstone, Keith Davidson, Craig Hislop and Walter Hislop of Langholm
The winners of the Caledonia Best Seat in the House are Andrew Johnstone, Keith Davidson, Craig Hislop and Walter Hislop of Langholm

But Craig, his dad Walter and friends Andrew Johnstone and Keith Davidson struck lucky and brought a good deal of luck to their team, too.

None was more surprised than the children of Langholm Youth Rugby, who were also attending the match and were stood at the railings waiting for the players to come out, when they saw their P4/5 coach emerge from the tunnel.

Craig was in the Caledonia bar when he won a competition for the Best Seats in the House which were in the dug-out with the players.

Craig said: "We were having a beer in the Caledonia bar and I filled in a slip to enter the competition. They chose three names out of the hat and one was mine.

"We got up onto the stage and I was last to go. The first man didn't do very well, the second one was quite good but I got 16 questions right.

"I had to give the names of three people who were with me and I chose my dad, Andrew and Keith.

"We walked through the door the players come through and out into the tunnel. It was nice to see the Langholm kids hanging over the side. They saw us when they were hoping to see the players.

"Our host was Scott Hastings and for the Scottish anthem he took us to the side of the pitch in front of the players and it was pretty amazing to be out there hearing it from all around the stadium.

"Earlier on the entertainment people interviewed all of us and it was broadcast on the big screen. They asked us where we were from, what we thought would happen and who were the best players.

"It was good to be so close to the action and see what goes on on the bench."

Craig said they were going to the next home game against Italy but he did not know how he was going to surpass last Saturday.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 9:36AM
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