Mini Mango footballer signs for Chelsea

September 28 2021

Shaun Wade at Chelsea's Cobham training ground

Shaun Wade at Chelsea's Cobham training groundA YOUNG footballer who started playing in Mangotsfield United's under-5s has signed for Champions League winners Chelsea.
Shaun Wade, who is 14, has signed for the Premier League giants from Bristol City.
The winger is well remembered at Mangotsfield, where he first took to the pitch with the Mini Mangos around a decade ago.
Mangotsfield Juniors chairman Colin Sutton announced news of the deal on the club's Facebook page in September, saying: "Huge congratulations to Shaun Wade, one of our own who today signed for Chelsea from Bristol City.
"Shaun has always been an incredible talent from U5s but has worked hard to achieve this!
Good luck Shaun and remember you’re always part of the Mangofamily — feeling delighted at Mangotsfield United FC.
As other Mangotsfield Juniors parents added their congratulations, Shaun's mum Kelly said he was "always a Mango".
The club shared a message from mum Kelly, who said she was "so proud to finally be able to announce that Shaun is joining Chelsea Football Club".
She added: "You have worked hard to achieve this, mate, couldn't be prouder or happier for you.
"Just know you're going to love every minute."
Colin's youngest son played in the same Mangotsfield team as Shaun.
He said: "You could tell he was a great talent right from when he was five.
"The ball was just stuck to his foot.
"It's incredible for him. He's such a quiet unassuming lad when it comes to his football. He's knuckled down and done brilliant.
"We had a huge influx around those age groups and we were running four squads, but he massively stood out, immediately.
"When he was with us we got them to play every position to get them used to everywhere on the pitch, but if you put him at the back he would literally dribble around the whole team.
"He worked hard and was good in the tackle, but he could easily run through a whole team. He's always been rapid and technically he's just naturally gifted.
"We're chuffed to bits for him. It's great for him and his family and for us."
Shaun shared news of his move with his Instagram followers, saying: "Happy to sign for Chelsea FC and move on to a new chapter in my life, thanks to all my coaches, friends and family who have helped me get to this stage.
"Hard work starts now."
Shaun is the latest in a series of players with Mangotsfield connections whose talents have been recognised.
Earlier this year Ryley Towler, who once led an undefeated Mangotsfield School team to nine trophies, made his professional debut for Bristol City.