Barrow boy Ben’s dream PNE debut
Last updated at 17:17, Monday, 28 January 2013
A BARROW teenage football ace – spotted while playing for Furness Rovers as an 11-year-old – made a stunning professional debut for Preston North End.
Ben Davies started at left back for the Deepdale club on Saturday and impressed so much in the 2-2 League One draw against Coventry City he was voted man of the match.
The 17-year-old has been with Preston for five years, after scouts noticed him during a junior tournament in Lancaster. Now Davies, of Cloisters Avenue, who has come up through the club’s youth system, is hoping to gain a full contract with the famous Lancashire club.
The footballer said he was nervous in the build-up before he went to the ground, but once he arrived at Deepdale the nerves began to disappear.
Davies, a former Roose Primary and Parkview/Furness Academy pupil, who had a hand in both Preston goals after his side came from behind to earn a share of the spoils, said yesterday: “It was very good, there was a good atmosphere.”
The talented defender has worked hard to get this far and is now hoping to establish himself in the first team, saying: “I would love to, that’s my goal now and then to get a contract. Once you get a chance it’s great.
“Once you start training with the first team you feel better.”
In the stands cheering him on were his family, dad Steve, mum Gill and sister Alice, along with some of Davies’s friends. Mrs Davies said: “I am very pleased for him. It was a very good day.
“That was his first proper match at Deepdale. He was proper made up.”
Davies had been due to make his bow at Yeovil the previous week but the match was called off and he will be hoping to get the nod for tomorrow’s match at Crawley.
“He’s done brilliantly,” said his mother. “The manager said he was really pleased with him.
“He did have a good, solid game. He got man of the match on his debut. We were over the moon.
“He has done exceptionally well, it’s been on the cards for a while. He’s been training with the proper team for the last few weeks.
Davies, who can play either at centre half or full-back, is more than six feet tall and has been described as an intelligent footballer who can read the game very well.
Preston are a founder member of the English Football League in 1888 and were the first club to complete a league and cup double, achieving the feat in 1889.
They were also league champions in 1890, won the FA Cup again in 1938 having been finalists on five other occasions – 1888, 1922, 1937, 1954 and 1964 when they were beaten 3-2 by West Ham.
Arguably the most famous player to wear the Preston colours is forward Sir Tom Finney , who played 76 times for England scoring 30 goals , made 433 league appearances netting 187 goals and turned out 40 times in the FA Cup scoring 23 times.
First published at 16:26, Monday, 28 January 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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