PREMIER League footballers may grab all the headlines, but for one week at least young soccer stars from Mansfield and Ashfield will be getting their share of the sporting limelight.
The footballers of the future from the Chad Mansfield Youth League will have their season’s successes celebrated as part of an impressive eight page supplement which will appear in Chad on Wednesday.
The picture special pull-out bringst readers all the joys and despairs and the passion and disappointments from all age ranges of the keenly-fought competition.
And there will also be a page dedicated to former boys who starred in the league, before going on to bigger and better things, including Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste and FA Cup winning goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic.
Chad production journalist Stephen Thirkill, who came up with the idea, said: “Our photographers managed to get some fantastic pictures of the kids competiting just like they were playing to win the Premier League or FA Cup.
“It was wonderful to see the boys enjoying their football so much and showing the real passion and excitement we all love to see in sport.
“Hopefully we will be seeing pictures of these boys on the football pitch for many years to come. Who knows, some of them may even make the Premier League.”