Just two weeks on from his under-18s debut at Wolves, Alex Gilliead scored his first goal at that level in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stoke.
It was a proud moment for the St. Bede’s Catholic School pupil, who only turned 16 last month, and rounded off a special few weeks for the Consett-based striker.
Following on from his landmark birthday, Gilliead won the Jack Hixon trophy at last week’s 2012 Sport Newcastle Awards night and was placed on standby for England under-16s ahead of the upcoming Montaigu Tournament in France. The player having made his international debut against Wales last October.
Gilliead has been a prolific scorer for NUFC at under 16 level and has got his chance in the older age group because of Adam Campbell’s injury.
He was interviewed on the club website following the win over Stoke which kept the under 18s top of their league.
“It’s a good feeling, because it’s only my third appearance for the under-18s so getting a goal was good.
The celebration was a bit dodgy, but it was a good time to score and it kept us going. It came just after half-time and we hadn’t been playing that well in the first half, so it got us back in the game.
There are eight games left now, so hopefully we can get a couple more wins and win the league.
It’s good to be starting to be recognised for what I can do well, and it’s good to be with the under-18s.
And winning the Jack Hixon award was great, especially as it was presented by Alan Shearer. He’s my boyhood hero so it’s always good to meet people like that”.