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Seagulls supporter Freddie Sharpe scores 120-goals during debut season
A pocket-sized dynamo has used Albion as his inspiration to bang in 120 goals in a season.
Massive Seagulls supporter Freddie Sharpe notched up the incredible tally in his debut season for Denton and South Heighton Junior Football Club’s under-sevens.
The striker posed for a photograph with his commemorative shirt when he reached three figures in April but carried on finding the back of the net until the end of the season.
Freddie joined Jason Novis’s team in January last year and made an immediate impact.
Team manager Mr Novis said: “The kid is absolute dynamite.
“I remember when he first rocked up to training and he banged in a hat-trick. I turned to the other coaches and said ‘he’ll do’.
“His dad was a good player and I think he wants to follow in his footsteps.
“In his first game for us he scored seven goals and he’d already passed his dad’s record by Christmas and carried on going.”
Proud dad Michael Sharpe, 33, said: “He was pretty much born with a football at his feet. I used to play on a Sunday and was on the sideline with a ball. He always had a really good strike on him, but I think it’s his tenacity and his desire to win that sets him apart from the other kids. But make no mistake, he’s not the only one in the team who can make that next step up.
“They’re a very, very talented bunch of players even at the age they’re at.”
Mr Sharpe’s goal-scoring record was 44, and he was more than happy to see his son obliterate his haul. And with dad having played county football, Mr Novis thinks Sharpe Jr has what it takes to make the leap to pull on his beloved blue-and-white shirt one day.
He said: “Even at this age, he’s definitely got the talent and the enthusiasm. It’s obviously a tough environment, but why not?”
Both father and son are season ticket holders at the American Express Community Stadium and travel to as many away games as they can.
Denton and South Heighton will have a battle to keep the young superstar at the club, but Freddie will not be handing in a transfer request any time soon, according to his father. The team won 28 of their 30 matches last season and only lost to Eastbourne Borough, who have a handful of boys in the Chelsea ranks.
Mr Sharpe said: “At the moment, as long as he is enjoying himself then I’m happy. He looks forward to training, he loves his football and that’s all that matters to me.”
Freddie to play for The Albion - 250/1
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