TIGER TALES: Magical Moments – A lesson in great sportsmanship


I read with interest recently an article on the Grassroots Football Site (www.grf-football.co.uk) about a child deemed ‘not good enough’ by his previous club who was chosen to take a penalty by his new coach. The reaction of the whole team when the penalty kick went in was a truly ‘magical moment.’

Since reading this, I made a personal vow to look out for these magical moments and have encouraged our coaches and the parents to spot them (make them?!). I didn’t have to wait long. It happened today!

Our team of U12s are playing in a challenging Summer League in East Manchester. We were well beaten last week and hoping for an improvement this week.

3-0 down just before half time, Callum scored a looping kick over the keeper to bring us closer at 3-1. Shortly after half-time our team were on the up, playing towards the parents behind the goal. Callum received the ball near the edge of the box and struck it so sweetly, it was destined for the top of the goal. The power and accuracy were second to none…as was the fingertip save from the keeper that took it over the bar. The parents quickly congratulated the opposition keeper in unison and Callum went across to shake the keeper’s hand, before getting ready for the corner!

Our team improved this week and Callum  went on to score another goal, late in the game. It would have been a glorious hat-trick! But I won’t remember the result or the possible hat-trick. I will remember the reaction of the parents and Callum – a magical moment of great sportsmanship from our club. What it’s all about, don’t you think?

This Tiger Tale was written by Tiger’s parent, John Taylor. His eldest son plays for Dukinfield Tigers U12s and youngest son has just started training with the U8s.

Interested in writing your own Tiger Tale? Contact via: sarahjohn.taylor@gmail.com