Blyth footballer to feature in Wayne Rooney TV series

A YOUNG footballer from Northumberland is hoping for stardom in a new TV series.

Lee Richardson from Blyth

A YOUNG footballer from Northumberland is hoping for stardom in a new TV series.

Lee Richardson will feature in the Sky One TV series, Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker, which returned to the nation’s screens last night.

Lee, who lives in Blyth, said: “Around 4,000 people entered so I felt really privileged and proud to be picked. Wayne Rooney is up there. He’s one of my idols.”

The former Blyth Community College pupil is studying for a sports and recreation management qualification at Gateshead College.

He described at the weekend how he felt calm before trying-out in front of the Manchester United and England star. He said: “I was more laid back, I just let it happen and let my personality come through.

“I could only do my best and was determined to go for it.”

The part-time personal trainer and lifeguard said: “I was in the Silverlink [in North Tyneside] shopping for new football boots when the phone rang.

“I turned round to my girlfriend and the shop assistant with a huge smile on my face, I couldn’t stop smiling.

“I couldn’t believe some of the players I had been up against, they were so skilled. But they picked me.”

Lee has starred in soccer teams since the age of six, including, Blyth Town, Newcastle United under 16s, Northumberland FA under 19s and currently his college team.

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