“YOU cant win anything with kids” is a famous line uttered by football pundit Alan Hansen in 1995.
He was referring to Manchester United’s crop of emerging youngsters at the time, who of course went on to achieve high honours in English football.
Harbord Seasiders United AL/1s boss Paul Mulligan clearly doesn’t share Hansen’s view.
Last Saturday he fielded nine players in first grade under the age of 20 versus Manly Allambie.
They won 3-2.
“I was so happy for the boys, they belong at this level,” Mulligan said.
“I’ve had the nucleus of the squad since they were 14 – they have a real desire to succeed.”
This weekend Mulligan and his squad face another litmus test – neighbours and competition leaders Curl Curl.
“Everyone knows what quality they can call on, our boys are pumped for the challenge,” he said.
“No one expects us to win or draw, it is a good spot to be in.
“I love this team – they want to play for me, themselves and the club.”
A win in first grade for HSU would be huge – they are currently in sixth spot, four points adrift of the top four.
They lead the AL/1 reserve grade competition.
Both games are at Harbord Park from 1pm.