Elland Road teen hero Simon has set of starlet siblings
FOOTBALLING success is fast becoming a family affair for Leeds United starlet Simon Walton.
The 17-year-old local lad has been earning rave reviews for his performances in United's midfield.
But he's not the only member of the Walton household whose soccer career is going from strength to strength. Sister Sophie, 14, has earned a call-up to the England U-17s squad, following impressive displays in midfield for the Leeds United Ladies U-16s.
Twin Scott is also busy making a name for himself as a stylish centre-back. He is currently having trials for the West Riding County U-17s.
The Waltons say their joint assault on sporting glory is all down to good old-fashioned brotherly – and sisterly – love.
Sophie, who, like Scott, goes to Sherburn High School in East Leeds, said: "We're really close and we all encourage one another. We try to get to as many games as we can and cheer each other on. We even still have the odd kickabout in the street!
I suppose we just love playing football."
Parents Stephen and Sue say they're equally proud of all their teenage sensations.
Mr Walton told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "They have a clear talent for the game. I'm really pleased Simon and Sophie play for Leeds United – I have been a fan for as long as I can remember."
The dad also admitted he has no idea where his children get their skills from, saying: "I played a lot when I was younger, but nothing like the sort of level they're at. Maybe it comes from their mum!"
Simon, who also went to Sherburn High, burst on to the Elland Road scene in July. Aged just 16, he scored a penalty and was sent off during a pre-season friendly with Valencia of Spain.