Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Magnay Magic Is Iconic

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Magnay Magic Is Iconic

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Byline: By John Gibson

Carl magnay reached for the Sky and plucked the brightest and biggest star all for himself.

The delirious 17-year-old from Birtley saw his most cherished dream come true last night when it was revealed on Sky Television that he had won Football Icon 2.

With it ( and this is the fabulous part ( goes a contract to join Jose Mourinho's champions of Chelsea in the new year.

That's a prize cherished by hundreds upon hundreds of wanabees but after weeks of tests, stress, foreign travelling, and mounting tension, it was the Geordie kid who emerged from the Big Brother soccer house after getting the nod from Mourinho ( the Simon Cowell of this particular reality show.

That Carl deserves such a fabulous break is heightened by the fact that it was heartache he suffered at Leeds United when, amid their financial meltdown, he was jettisoned by the club. Dreams smashed into a million pieces.

Carl relived his dramatic rise to fame in front of millions of telly addicts when I spoke to him today and revealed his golden opportunity actually came about through his dad Paul.

"Sky Television contacted a load of local clubs throughout the country to ask if they had any decent kids and one of those clubs was Birtley Town where my dad was secretary," explained Carl.

"So I went to North Shields where they were holding trials ( and almost walked away the queue of kids was so long. Hundreds and hundreds.

"Sky were looking for 40 lads from around the country and I became one of them. I got one of the highest scores on my test at North Shields. From there the judges ( Mourinho (below) and Jamie Redknapp among them ( whittled the numbers down every week.

"I went all over the world including Holland and Los Angeles and met the Chelsea players. It's been a fabulous experience ( and the best is still to come. …

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