Football crazy boys in 1998

Southdown under 10s
Southdown under 10s
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To paraphrase the late, great Bill Shankley – football isn’t a matter of life and death, it’s much more serious than that.

Especially when you’re 10 years old.

Hassocks under 10s

Hassocks under 10s

At that age, with the ball at your feet, you are six feet tall and swift as a deer. You are Ronaldo or Rooney or Vardy.

These young chaps in 1998 were playing in a six-a-side tournament at Oakmeeds School, Burgess Hill.

They looked up to the likes of Shearer, Batistuta and Beckham – until he got himself sent off in the World Cup – and were the same age as future stars Sergio Aguero, Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott.

Do you recognise any of the young players in these photos? Did any of them go on to play at a professional level?

Cuckfield under 10s A team

Cuckfield under 10s A team

Lindfield under 10s

Lindfield under 10s

Hassocks under 11s

Hassocks under 11s

Lindfield under 11s A and B teams

Lindfield under 11s A and B teams