TSC OLD BOY PICKED TO PLAY FOR ENGLAND !
EX TSC PLAYER, ANDREW KELLY HAS BEEN PICKED TO PLAY FOR ENGLAND !
Former TSC player, ANDREW KELLY has successfully negotiated a demanding series of trials to claim a place in the England SFA under-18 squad for their coming season.
Andy trained and played at TSC from the age of 6 until he was 13 and was captain of the first TSC side to win a trophy when TSC U11s won the Richmond & District Soccer Sixes in 2002. He was also a member of the first TSC side to win a League Championship when the U13s won the Richmondshire & District League in 2004. Andy played over 50 games for TSC mostly as a central defender scoring 10 goals.
Darlington FC noticed Andy whilst playing for the district team for whom he played for six seasons. Andy spent two seasons at Darlington FC before being released. He then joined Chester le Street FC where
his career has really progressed, being selected for both the Durham County Schools U18s and Durham County FA squads resepctively both of which he captains.
DARLINGTON-born footballer Andy Kelly may have been released by his hometown club a couple of years ago but on Friday he'll line up for the English School's Football Association when they kick-off their defence of the Centenary Shield. Kelly was in the same Quakers youth team that produced current first team striker Curtis Main but he hasn't looked back since leaving Darlington's Academy.
Kelly has been handed the Three Lions' number five shirt and is expected to start when England face joint-holders Northern Ireland next week before they complete their Centenary Shield programme against Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Kelly is the only schoolboy from the north to be included in the 19man international squad and he follows an illustrious list of England players to represent their country such as: Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Nicky Barmby and Phil Neville. But the rise of the academy system means that clubs now control the development of their fledgling talent.
Whether Kelly takes a similar route into the game remains to be seen but he is unlikely to be short of options after being offered sports scholarships by universities in the United States and scouted by Football League clubs.
His father Geoff, who lined up in Darlington Rugby Club's second row is proud of his son's international call-up. "My first love is rugby but there was never any pressure for Andrew to follow me. I couldn't be happier that he's enjoying such success in his football. We'll be at the Northern Ireland game and are planning to see all of the Centenary Shield matches. "He offers a great example to the lads who leave clubs when they are in their teens."In many ways Andrew has benefited from leaving Darlington and has really flourished outside the academy system."
Andy said: "I am delighted with my selection and hope to make the most of what will be a great experience."I hope it will provide a stepping stone on to greater things in the game and I feel my hard work to become the best I can be has been rewarded."
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