Ilford footballer, aged eight, shows future promise with tournament success

A young footballer has shown his sporting talent at the age of eight in one of the hardest competitions in the country.

Justin Sargeant, a pupil at Cranbrook School, Mansfield Road, Ilford, played in the final of the Echo Junior Football League, Under-nines Cup last month.

His team unfortunately lost the game 2-1, but Justin scored three goals in the matches leading up to the final.

Justin, who has been proudly showing off his medal, said: “It was very tough.

“The goals were quite sloppy, but they deserved to win. I really enjoyed it.”


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Deputy headteacher Ben Mearhart said: “The competition is largely regarded as one of the best and toughest leagues in the country for youngsters. I think he is a budding professional in the making.”

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