By Chris Wright
From the Champions League final at Wembley to the Bower Fold Ground in three months…
After initially turning up without any kit, Paul Scholes was eventually persuaded by the crowd to borrow boots and shinpads from his 12-year-old son Aaron and turn out for Stalybridge Celtic U12’s annual ‘Dads vs Coaches’ fund-raiser last Sunday afternoon.
Young Aaron has been playing for the Stalybridge juniors since he was five – which, coincidentally, is also his old man’s shoe size by the sound of things.
According to the MEN, Scholes played the first half for the coaches, who racked up a 9-3 by half time, before switching to the dads’ team – eventually losing 12-9 despite scoring a second-half hat-trick.
Said the man himself: “I’ve wanted to play in it for a few years. It was great to have a bit of fun with the coaches. It was a nice day out.”
The Ginger ringer then hovered around after the game, signing children’s shoes and handing out free tickets to his testimonial game at Old Trafford tomorrow evening.
What a chieftain.