Exciting news emerged on social media recently, in that an England legend becomes the manager of one particular amateur kids team.
The former Aston Villa, Sampdoria, Juventus and Arsenal midfielder will manage Wilmslow Sports Under-15s this year, which the club happy to welcome in new players.
Yes, youngster will be able to work alongside and follow the footsteps in David Platt as they look towards a career in playing football.
Platt is well known to have scored that famous volley for the Three Lions in the knockout stages of the 1990 World Cup, which ended up knocking out Belgium, as can be seen below.
A truly joyful moment to be an England fan on this day in 1990, when David Platt scored the winner against Belgium in the dying seconds of extra-time during the second round of #Italia90 #ENG #OTD #ThreeLions #ENGBEL #WorldCupMemories pic.twitter.com/oLSYcKHbkX
— England Memories (@EnglandMemories) June 26, 2018
He will come in to help the teenagers of Wilmslow Sports, who play in the ‘Timperley and District League 4’ which is based in Cheshire.
This isn’t the only coaching role Platt has been involved with, having previously spent three years at Manchester City as Roberto Mancini’s number two.
He’s also been a manager at Sampdoria, England under 21s, Pune City and a player manager at Nottingham Forest.
Sampdoria – 13 Dec 1998 until 31 Jan 1999 – 6 games, 0 won, 3 drawn, 3 lost, 0.00 % won
Nottingham Forest – Jul 1999 until Jul 2001 – 103 games, 37 won, 41 drawn, 25 lost, 35.92 % won
England U21s – Jul 2001 until Jul 2004 – 26 games, 12 won, 8 drawn, 6 lost, 46.15 % won
Pune City – 27 May 2015 until 20 Dec 2015 – 8 games, 4 won, 3 drawn, 1 lost, 50.00 % won
1985–1988 – Crewe Alexandra – 134 games (56 goals)
1988–1991 – Aston Villa – 121 games (50 goals)
1991–1992 – Bari – 29 games (11 goals)
1992–1993 – Juventus – 16 games (3 goals)
1993–1995 – Sampdoria – 55 games (17 goals)
1995–1998 – Arsenal – 88 games (13 goals)
1999–2001 – Nottingham Forest – 5 games (1 goals)
Total – 448 games (151 goals)
Scott Hannah wrote on Facebook: “Hi all, I am chairman of Wilmslow Sports. We are looking for two to three players for our U15 Dragons.
“They play in the Timperley and District League 4. Mid level much improved side and looking to have a great season this season that will culminate in a trip to Paris to play in The Europa Cup at PSG stadium.
“On top of this the boys will be managed by former England. Arsenal and Juventus legend David Platt.
“He does a huge amount for grass roots and never for personal praise or acknowledgement.
“A pleasure to work with and a huge support to his players and the club in general. I cannot speak highly enough of him.”
“If anyones boys are looking for a new team, please either DM me or comment below and we will be in touch with training times and locations.”
Fans praised Platt for giving up his time to help the lower leagues / grassroots football.
Gary Howard wrote: “This is great that an ex pro is giving his knowledge to your club and the grassroots community.
Andrew McDonnell added: “David is a school friend of mine and we played in a few teams together.
“Awesome team player and an amazing work ethic, even at a younger age.
“Anybody should consider themselves incredibly fortunate to have such a great player, great person and a wealth of experience involved in their club.”
John Kenny: Well done Platty top man
Jason Lee: This is class to see, know of a few players who have come off the back of their playing career to go on and help kids at grassroots level in their ambition of making it as a professional footballer one day. I’m sure this story alone with have plenty wanting to sign up to the juniors team
Dean Harris: Being a villa fan Platty has always been a hero of mine, he worked wonders with my lad when he was 8, even taking him for a trial at Crewe because I couldn’t make it, he’s adored by the kids (and parents) and works tirelessly like all grassroots coaches. A case of think before you type comes to mind
– Sophie Coyne: Do you have an adult disability team? Our team will be looking for friendlies soon once we have trained a bit more
– Scott Hannah: Sophie Coyne sadly Sophie no we don’t I’m sorry
– Bailey Howell Is this school year, year 10?
– Scott Hannah It is Bailey yes