The magic of Wembley will give five young footballers a special reason to dream when Preston turn out in the play-off final next weekend.
The talented group are part of the Invincibles 2015 – an all-conquering junior side from the city – who have been snapped up by North End for next season.
They’ll be thinking this could be them in years to comeJonathan Nelson
Most of the boys from Ribbleton White Under-8s will be at the big game, hoping to cheer Garner and Co on to the Championship and maybe take a glimpse into the future.
“They’ll be thinking this could be them in years to come,” said Ribbleton coach Jonathan Nelson. “That’s how Joe Garner must have felt when he was a young boy supporting PNE – one day that could be me.”
Ribbleton White five-a-side team have won every game they have played in the last two seasons at under-7 and under-8.
The lads – Charlie Nelson, Tyler Robinson, Leighton Hewitt, Joseph Nicholson, Peter Critchley, Charlie Carlisle and Charlie Cox – were brought together by Jonathan and fellow dad Andy Robinson in 2014 to play in the Mid-Lancs Colts League. They have been so dominant in every match that they have attracted the attention of club scouts from around Lancashire.
Five of the seven have now been signed up by Preston, with the other two joining local rivals Blackpool.
“It’s been a great two seasons, the boys have been absolutely brilliant,” said Jonathon, whose son Charlie is one of the players. “They can’t wait to get started with pro’ clubs. When we put the team together the lads didn’t know each other. But over the past two years they have become great mates. So it’s good five are going to North End and the other two will be at Blackpool.”