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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Premier League champions Man Utd sign former Carlisle schoolboy

A Carlisle-born schoolboy is hoping to shoot to stardom after being signed by Premier League giants Manchester United.

Owen Hampson signs photo
Owen Hampson

Former Cumwhinton School pupil, eight-year-old Owen Hampson, was spotted by Manchester United scouts while training at the team’s centres of excellence at Preston and Blackpool. He has been given an initial two-year contract at the prestigious Manchester United Academy at the team’s Carrington training ground.

Owen started his budding football career at Cotehill and Cumwhinton Crusaders aged just four. He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of stars such as Wayne Rooney and Tom Cleverly in the United team one day.

Mum Katrina said: “Owen has done really well, obviously. Me and his dad Andrew are extremely proud. He has got a lot of hard work in front of him.

“He is obviously very proud but he doesn’t support Man Utd, he’s a Liverpool fan. But he is at the best academy and is hugely excited.

“He has got every chance of succeeding. His manager said some will play for the first team and some will play internationally but its hard work that got them there.”

Owen used to live at Carleton Grange in Carlisle but moved with his family to Poulton-le-Fylde near Blackpool.

Owen, who is one of four brothers, will have plenty of support from his home city as his aunty Karen Wilson, plus grandparents Dianne and Keith Hampson will be cheering him on.

Manchester United’s academy operates on an invitation only basis meaning you cannot be referred or have a trial for them.

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