As youngsters pull on their boots on a cold Sunday morning and dream of one day gracing the Premier League they can inspiration from this starting 11 which shows they may be living in the right place to make it as a pro.
GK Richard Lee (Brentford)
RB Emmerson Boyce £1million (Wigan) Capt
CB Remi Streete (Newcastle United)
CB Sam Ricketts £2.3 million (Bolton)
LB Lee Cook £3.95 million (Leyton Orient)
RM Jake Gray (Crystal Palace)
CM Scott Davies (Free agent, but previously of Aldershot)
LM Matty Phillips £700k (Blackpool)
CF Rob Hall (West Ham - on loan at Birmingham)
LS Liam Enver-Marum (Ebbsfleet)
RS Sam Baldock (Bristol City) £3.35
Subs: Jefferson Louis (Brackley Town), George Baldock (MK Dons – on loan at Tamworth), Gareth Ball (Swindon)
Rarely has one town been such a hotbed for producing players and this team is full of them with more than £11 million previously spent on stars from the district.
Any side needs experience and there is no better place to start than with Aylesbury’s most successful star and Wigan cult hero Emmerson Boyce, 33.
He said: “At the time I was there the town was quite good in terms of the teams you played.
“That helped me. We would travel quite a bit to play in the surrounding areas. People tend to then notice you more.”
The former Quarrendon pupil began his career at Aylesbury United before joining Luton’s academy.
The defender-cum-winger, who takes the Allstar’s captaincy, said that because the Vale is a small area it means more opportunities and added that clubs such as Luton, Watford and Wycombe Wanderers frequently scout the here. Proving it’s not just in the Aylesbury water but in the blood too is Boyce’s cousin and Blackpool’s £6 million rated sensation, Matt Phillips, who is soon expected to move back up to the Premier League where he shone so brightly two seasons ago.
The 22 year old said: “There is a lot of Sunday league football (in the Vale) and run from such an early age.
“I was at Aylesbury Town from five or six. People here are always prepared to go and start up football clubs. That sort of thing is invaluable.”
Phillips joins exciting teenagers such as Crystal Palace’s Jake Gray (Grange School) and Newcastle’s Remi Streete (born in Aylesbury) who are both making big inroads with their reserve sides at 17 and 18 respectively.
One forward destined for the top is 19 year old livewire, Rob Hall, who after starting at the Grange School went on to make his Premier League debut this season for West Ham.
While the likes of Gray, Streete and Hall are tipped for international honours, Boyce (Barbados), Phillips (Scotland) and Bolton Wanderers’ Welsh defender Sam Ricketts have already made the step onto the international stage so with 56 caps between them.
And that experience is further spread in the side with former Aylesbury Grammar School pupil and now Brentford keeper, Richard Lee.
From donning his gloves for Bedgrove Dynamos to appearing for Watford in an FA Cup semi-final, Lee has always stayed close to his roots with his own goalkeeping academy now set up in the town.
He said: “It’s great to see a few lads from the area doing so well, although it actually surprises me that more didn’t make the grade as I seem to remember the leagues in the Aylesbury area of being a higher standard.”
Former QPR legend Lee Cook, 30, (now at Leyton Orient) slots in at left back and in his pomp was rated at £10 million by the Hoops to scare off suitors.
However, back in the late 90s it was Aylesbury United benefiting from his superb left peg.
Striking up their old West Ham connection is 23 year old Sam Baldock, who born in Aylesbury, flew through the ranks at MK Dons (along with his brother George, 19, who is at Tamworth and just misses out on the side) before eventually ending up at Bristol City
Lastly, there are places for midfielder Scott Davies and striker Liam Enver-Marum (both 24 and who started out together at Reading).
Davies is currently without a club and Enver-Marum plies his trade at Conference side Ebbsfleet.
Youngsters only need to look at the success of those in this team to see just how far their own careers can go.
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