YOUNG rugby fan Kieran Smith had the surprise honour of being Widnes Vikings' mascot at Wembley for the 1895 cup final at the weekend.

The 12-year-old had no idea that he would lead the team out with captain Hep Cahill on Sunday until all was revealed during his birthday celebration.

The reaction on his face when the news broke was, said dad Chris, priceless.

Chris, a businessman who sponsors the club, won the chance for Kieran to become mascot for a day during an auction at the Vikings' 1895 cup final Wembley send off dinner.

He told Runcorn & Widnes World: "We did Kieran a surprise to tie in with his 12th birthday, with a video from Hep Cahill and a big reveal.

"I sponsor Widnes Vikings to help out get the team back where it should be, after all the troubles they have been through and I'm a Widnes man who as a kid remembers the glory years and going to Wembley myself as a kid.

"To say I was surprised to win it is an understatement."

Sadly, the Wembley trip ended with disappointment for The Vikings as an Aaron Brown hat-trick helped Sheffield Eagles to a 36-18 victory.

But for Kieran, it was a visit packed with special memories.

Chris continued: "He had an amazing day and loved it.

"Kieron Purtill even did the Vikings sign with him on the pitch as this was my request for him to carry it out for fun.

"He's a very big 12-year-old and Hep has to stand on his toes to see over him.

"Tony Adams at the RFL even asked him if he was playing, but Kieron has to point out he was the mascot.

"But he's got his eye on him."