Here’s Phil Jagielka, trophy in hand, having just scored the winner for Stoke City against Everton.
Jagielka had guided Stoke to victory in the prestigious Wedgwood Keele Classic youth tournament in the mid-1990s.
He would shortly join up with former Stoke junior coach Darryl Wainwright at Everton… who would then release him to make his senior breakthrough at Sheffield United. He would finally go back to Everton to make nearly 400 appearances and collect 40 England caps.
It’s been dusted off and posted on social media by his old Stoke under-12s teammate Karl Henry, back row far right.
Also in the team are Gareth Owen – future Stoke, Oldham, Stockport and Port Vale defender and now Stoke Academy director – and Lee Bell, who would play for Crewe and Burton Albion and is now under-18s coach at Crewe.
Henry said: “Stoke City under 12s (I think). Keele Classics winners. 1994. Beat Everton 1-0 in the final. Goal scorer for Stoke City ironically was Phil Jagielka. Alex Gibson, Gareth Owen and Lee Bell all went on to have careers in the game too.”
The trophy, incidentally, is still at Stoke.
It sits in an 1863 Suite cabinet at the bet365 Stadium, just down from the League Cup and a couple of Autoglass Trophies.
Jagielka (sorry Phil!) went on to score for Stoke against Everton again in 2008 – an own goal in the Premier League… but this time Everton did go on to win 3-2.
Now aged 37, he left Everton last summer and was linked with Stoke before re-joining Sheffield United.
His midfielder brother, Steve, now aged 42, was on the fringes of the Stoke first team in the mid-1990s before making nearly 200 appearances for Shrewsbury Town.
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