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McManaman excited by Toffees test

27 September 2015

Baggies winger prepares to face boyhood club

ALBION’s encounter against Everton tomorrow takes on added significance for one member of Tony Pulis’ squad.

Merseyside-born Callum McManaman spoke to The Independent on Sunday at the club’s training ground earlier this week for an interview published in full in today’s paper.

The Baggies winger spoke, among other things, about being a Toffees season ticket holder for years as a youngster, rising through Everton’s Academy before being released and the joy of scoring against his boyhood club at Goodison Park for Wigan.

McManaman is again hoping to find the net tomorrow, this time in a Baggies shirt at The Hawthorns in front of a host of family and friends, to help secure a positive result for Albion.

But first, the wide man let us in on one Toffees memory which stands out from his younger years.

“It was probably the derby when I was ballboying in the Gwladys Street,” he said, reflecting on the 2004 all-Merseyside encounter.

“(Thomas) Gravesen came over to me and I ended up on SoccerAM because I was giving it loads giving him the ball and that. It was on SoccerAM on the Third Eye and I’ve got a picture at my mum’s. I was about 13.

“It was the derby when Lee Carsley scored and I was the ballboy in the corner behind the goal. I did that full season as ballboy, me and Jack Rodwell.

“I always used to go. I still do.” 

Let’s hope Callum is celebrating with our ballboys tomorrow!

Come on You Baggies

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