SPORTS AWARDS 2005: Junior Footballer Of The Year

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Here are some suggestions for voting in this year's Awards, see The Evening Telegraph for a voting form. The voting form will be published in Saturday's (December 10) edition and will appear on a regular basis between then and the closing date - Friday January 13.

Here are some suggestions for voting in this year's Awards, see The Evening Telegraph for a voting form. The voting form will be published in Saturday's (December 10) edition and will appear on a regular basis between then and the closing date - Friday January 13.Daniel Evans

ASK anyone connected with the Under 12 junior football age group in and around Peterborough for their top player and the answer is almost certain to be Daniel.

The Deeping Rangers ace is a phenomenal talent, blessed with lightning pace and a fine footballing brain.

He scores goals, he creates goals and he is an absolute nightmare for defenders.

Izzy Brown

Izzy was the star player of last season's unbeaten Deaconians under 8 Junior Alliance league side. The flying winger was top scorer and was watched all season by a number of top clubs including Norwich, West Ham and Leicester.

As well as playing for Deaconians he played all season for Cambridge United's under 9 side competing at some of the best clubs in the country including a match at Manchester United.

At the end of the season he signed for Leicester City's Academy. Izzy now trains with them twice a week and plays for the Foxes Under 9 side.

Stefan Broccoli

FEW players will ever catch the eye of Arsenal talent spotters, but Stefan has done just that.

The Yaxley A Under 8 midfield maestro has been in splendid form in 2005, helping his team regularly shine in fortnightly Peterborough Mini-Soccer tournaments in the first half of the year and then ensuring they made a fine introduction to Junior Alliance football in the second part.

And Broccoli played a leading role as Yaxley also made their mark at national level when winning a big tournament at Rushden & Diamonds FC, beating competition from teams from across the country.

Aaron Bellairs

AARON took the first step towards a career as a professional footballer when winning a three-year scholarship at League One club Chesterfield.

The 16 year-old goalkeeper from Bourne has graduated all the way from the thriving junior scene in and around Peterborough and played for Boston United before clinching the move to Saltergate in the summer.

Liam Douglas

NOT many 15 year-olds can claim to have attracted the attention of the biggest club in a country, but Liam can.

The Orton Malborne lad spent time in the summer at Danish Premier League side Brondby, where he trained with the youth team and played in tournaments.

He has also represented Wales at schoolboy level, playing against Finland twice in the summer.

He has been invited back to Brondby in the new year by their chief talent scout and Danish football legend Kim Vilfort.

Aaron Warrener

THE Bushfield Under 10 wonder boy has made an immense improvement in just over a year of competitive football to become one of the most feared forwards in his age group in the Junior Alliance.

Aaron is one of the smallest players around, but what he lacks in height he makes up for with an abundance of skill and trickery that leaves defences bewildered.

And he is not all nice approach play and no end product - Aaron has bagged a stack of goals as well.

His club manager Shayne Woods is convinced it is only a matter of time before the professional club scouts are sniffing around.

Joe Burgess

THIS young Canary has every right to be chirpy at the moment.

Joe, the grandson of former England youth international and Posh player Graham Ricketts, made his name with Woodston Under 10s in the Junior Alliance and his reward for some brilliant attacking midfield displays was a move to Norwich recently.

Joe was the driving force as Woodston won the Under 9 League Cup last season - in fact he clinched the trophy with a fabulous last-gasp solo goal as they beat Yaxley.

And it didn't take Joe long to make his mark. His first involvement for Norwich was to play in two games against Arsenal and he promptly helped himself to three goals.

Levi Wright

LEVI has been called the complete midfielder at just nine years of age, such is his mastery in the centre of the park.

Levi has the lot. He is quick and strong, he can tackle, he can pass expertly and he is a prolific goalscorer. It is no surprise he is one of the hottest talents to join up with the new Posh youth set-up.

Levi shone for Bushfield in the Junior Alliance last season and is now playing a starring role for new club Fulbridge Flyers who have roared to the top of Under 10 Zone One.

Sam Mancuso

GOALSCORING comes naturally to Sam. The Stanground Rovers striker shone again in 2005, returning to the club to help them win the Under 10 Zone One title and be League Cup runners-up.

And Sam is proving just as lethal in the 11-a-side game as he did in the small-sided version in the previous three years as his contributions have helped Stanground power to the top of Division One with a proud 100 per-cent record.

Dominic Knighton

DOMINIC was a goalkeeping hero during a wonderful 2005 when he helped Powerleague complete a cup double and proved a formidable last line of defence as the Junior Alliance Under 13 representative team were crowned Inter-League EASY Cup champions.

Penalty saves are clearly Knighton's forte judging by the way he took centre stage in his club's Junior Alliance League Cup shoot-out win over Deaconians when he saved three spot-kicks.

And he had more heroics up his sleeve for the rep team when they beat the Mid-Herts League in another penalty drama to take the top honour in East Anglian junior football.Knighton also lifted the Hunts Cup with Powerleague and is being courted by a number of professional clubs.

He is due to have a trial at Nottingham Forest in the next few days.

James Ward

CHAMPIONS last season, unbeaten this – Netherton

Eagles Under 9s are just about unstoppable.

And here is a major reason why. James is a forward of tremendous potential who is regarded as having immense talent for his age.

He is a big lad, but a supremely skilful one. He possesses excellent technique, bags of strength and a great goal record.

Sean White

THEY say natural wingers are a dying breed in today's game, but Sean in an exception to the rule.

Sean operates down the left flank to great effect and, after spells with both Posh and Cambridge United, he is now tearing apart defences in the Peterborough & District Youth League.

Sean joined March A after his release from the Abbey Stadium, scored a wonder goal against Crowland in the League Cup final and then moved to Crowland where he has performed brilliantly as that team bid to win back the Division One crown at Under 15 level this season.

But Sean doesn't just deliver for other players around him, he is an ace finisher and regular goalscorer himself.

Christian Gordon

PSV Under 13s are unrivalled when it comes to success at local level. Treble last season, doubles the three years before that and on course for more glory this term.

They score goals aplenty and have the class to carve open all opposing teams, but at the back they have a defender of real class in Christian.

He is a cool, calculated figure who reads the game well and has an uncanny knack of always being in the right place at the right time.

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"We are once again delighted to be sponsoring these awards which are so successful each year. Our sponsorship is part of our commitment and support to the youth of the Peterborough community and the development of home-grown talent," – Glenda Wells & Bob Symns.

Previous Winners:

1998 Daniel Jacob

1999 Daniel Walker

2000 Liam Simons

2001 Ashley Stevens

2002 Stuart Wall

2003 Perry Bowe

2004 Olly Medwynter