In previous editions of PinnerNews, Pinner United FC formerly had a monthly column, detailing the goings on at the area’s youth football team.
In the first edition, the club were celebrating, as the Under 11A side had won their first Middlesex county cup final.
Fast forward eight years later, and the club is still going strong, with chairman and founder Dave Howes remembering the success of that day, and what happened to that young side of champions.
“It was a big day in the history of that club. It was a very successful year, considering that we’re not a big club.
“The kids would be about 19, 20 now. Two of them have gone to become professional players, one with Fulham and one with Aston Villa. Some of the others are semi-professional. To get two former players playing for Premier League sides is amazing.”
As for what’s changed at Pinner United, David reveals, very little. However, the club’s academy, which was still a fledging development when that first column came out, is now fully-functioning and has paid off dividends.
“We’re now running more sides than we’ve ever done, around 13 and 14. The academy starts from the ages of three and four, and because they follow through, we now have quite high numbers in our younger years.
“A lot of the boys have come straight through from the ages of eight to 18. Because of that, quite a few come back to help out as coaches.”
The club is still seeing success, with their Under 8s side recently winning both the tournaments they entered this summer.
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