We are delighted to hear that one of our football-mad ex students is still doing what he loves. Evander Grubb became the youngest scorer in the history of the FA Cup, aged 16 years and 54 days old his goal cemented the 5-1 win for Bristol Manor Farm against Cadbury Heath.
Evander has always loved playing football; he has played club football including for Bristol Rovers but has signed with the Bristol Manor Farm team who are supporting him and developing his talent. Mr Lashenko, Manor Farm manager, shared his belief in Evander:
“The lad’s got it all. There are a few clubs hovering around him and I firmly believe he is going to get a chance to progress into the professional game again sooner rather than later.
“He was attached to Bristol Rovers and they released him, but sometimes it’s better for these lads to go out and play at a standard of football that is better than looking after them too much in the academies.
“He’s playing in the real world and he will go back into the pro game a better player. All we’re going to do is keep giving him the confidence to play and hopefully help make him a rounded person.
“He’s definitely going to get opportunities at Bristol Manor Farm because we believe in him so much. He’s a special player.”
We are very pleased Evander has found a club that is nurturing him personally as well as recognising his talent. We wish him continued success.
Evander has signed for Huddersfield Town. He played his first Under-17s match on 5th October coming on in the 55th minute against Doncaster Rovers. We shall enjoy keeping an eye on his progress.
Image: Alex Barnham