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Manchester United's 'Class of 92' make school boys' dreams come true

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Manchester United's 'Class of 92' make school boys' dreams come true Manchester United's 'Class of 92' make school boys' dreams come true

Young footballers not even born at the time of Manchester United’s legendary 'Class of 92' have come face to face with their heroes in Salford.

The Under 11s team at Ordsall Juniors FC were chosen to be ball boys when veteran Man U players, including Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil and Gary Neville, took on Salford City FC in a charity match at AJ Bell Stadium.

The ball boys wore brand new kits which were funded with a grant from social housing provider Salix Homes. Earlier this year Ordsall Juniors were awarded £1,300 through Salix Homes’ ‘Your Salix, Your Say’ fund which is given to worthwhile community projects that are making a difference to people’s lives, as decided by other tenants.

The 'Class of 92 and Friends' team, which also included former footballer and media pundit Robbie Savage and former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, took a 5-1 battering against their younger counterparts in the match held earlier this month.

Coach Paul Houghton said: "The lads had a brilliant time, they loved it. Ordsall Juniors weren’t even born in 92 but they are real students of football and these players are their heroes so it was fantastic that they got the chance to meet them. Thanks to Salix Homes, the lads were looking their best on the day in their new kits. The funding from 'Your Salix, Your Say’ has made such a difference and enabled us to buy new equipment and kit and we are now hoping to get some more coaches and start an Under 8s team."

Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: "We know how excited these young footballers were to meet their sporting heroes so we were delighted that the grant money has been put to good use and they were able to wear their brand new kits on this momentous occasion."

Salix Homes Ltd is an ALMO responsible for the management of 8,500 council homes. In September 2013 it was selected by Salford City Council as the chosen landlord to take ownership of the 8,500 homes in a proposed stock transfer, subject to the outcome of a tenant ballot and approval by government.

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