Wednesday, July 23, 2014, will be etched in Alex Best's mind forever.
Yesterday the 14-year-old and his dad Kevin got to meet their heroes - the West Ham footballers.
"I'm still pinching myself because it feels like a dream," the New Plymouth student said.
"I told them if anyone asks me what the best day of my life was this would be it."
Alex was given the chance to attend the closed training and last night's match after his dad bought the domain name westham.co.nz and used it as a "ransom note".
In an email to the club, Kevin suggested the Hammers invite his son and an adult supervisor to the game before the domain name was sold off to rival fans.
The club said "there was no need for a ransom" and gave the pair prime seats for the game against Wellington Phoenix and an invitation to training.
"It's the best $20 I've ever spent," Kevin said yesterday.
"Closed training really means closed. It was only the team and us two there, the whole place was empty."
But the pair almost missed the experience when they were caught in Auckland traffic.
"We got up early and left but got stuck on the harbour bridge because of an accident," Alex said.
When the pair finally got inside they were ushered to the sideline where they watched the team train, then spent time meeting the players, including Alex's favourite Kevin Nolan.
"I got to take selfies with them," Alex said.
"I was amazing being so close. I thought it was cool watching them on TV."
When the Taranaki Daily News spoke with the pair they had just finished with training and were beginning to think about heading to the game.
"Going to the game will be awesome, but it doesn't compare to what we've just had," Kevin said.
"I've got one kid who is buzzing."
- Taranaki Daily News
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