Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jack's Goal to Play Football like Grandad ; Schoolboy Star Player Is Signed by Same Club His Grandfather Played for 30 Years Ago.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jack's Goal to Play Football like Grandad ; Schoolboy Star Player Is Signed by Same Club His Grandfather Played for 30 Years Ago.

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aYOUNG footballer is proving to be a chip off the old block, by signing for Rochdale 25 years after his grandad finished his professional career at the club.

Eight-year-old Jack Johnstone, from Shaw, is following in the footsteps of his grandfather and former Rochdale centre forward and Golden Boot Steve Taylor.

And his family couldn't be more proud of his achievements.

Delighted mum Jody said: "He's done really, really well to get where he is.

"We're really proud of him. It's nice that he's playing for the same team that his grandad played for in the 1980s.

"It must run in the family."

Taylor had two stints at Rochdale, from 1984 to 1986 and from 1988 until 1989, when he finished his playing career.

The forward played 101 times for the Dale, hitting the net 46 times.

He was the fourth division's joint top goalscorer in the 1985-86 season.

Manchester United fan Jack plays as a midfielder or winger - and has always been keen on the sport.

He goes to St Mary's Primary School in High Crompton, Shaw, and has been playing football since he was four years old. …

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