January 2015: Goalkeeper nets Lancashire call up


FOOTBALLER Morgan Bacon is a step closer to his goal of becoming a professional after playing in the Lancashire U16 Schoolboys team and qualifying for the English Schools Football Association quarter finals.

The 16-year-old goalkeeper has been playing for Rossendale Valley since the age of five and also hopes to secure a scholarship with Bury this year.

Morgan, a Year 11 student at Haslingden High School, said: “I play football for my school team and am also the first team goalkeeper in the sixth form team playing in the North West Colleges League.

At club level Morgan spent two months on trial at Burnley FC before being signed by Bury FC where he is now a regular in the U16 squad. His Bury future will be decided this year and Morgan is hopeful of a scholarship contract.

“I have been playing for Bury since I was 14 as goalkeeper.  I became bored of being an outfield player and my coach thought my physique suited being in goal.”

Morgan was also selected for the Rossendale Town Team whilst in Year 10 and played ten games for them before being selected for Lancashire trials.   There were over 100 boys at the trials and Morgan was selected as one of only two goalkeepers.  He has since played 10 games for Lancashire Schoolboys and is looking forward to the quarter finals of The English Schools Football Association Trophy.

“I was really pleased to get a place in the Lancashire U16 Schoolboys team.

“I am still allowed to play for Bury whilst on the Lancashire team.  To date we have not lost a game.

“I want to be a professional footballer and I support Manchester City. It would be great to be able to play for them but that is a bit unrealistic, however I am working hard to achieve my dream.”