DAVE Piercy, the president of Old Town Boys Football Club, has come out of retirement for one final bid to discover Eastbourne’s next Premiership star.
Piercy, who founded the most successful youth set-up in Sussex, guided his son John to become a household name with Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton.
His decision to return to the fray to coach five-year-olds was inspired by the keen interest his grandson Jimmy has shown in football.
Among his troops is Ethan Stapley, the grandson of Eastbourne Gazette six-a-side organiser Soroosh Simaei who told Herald Sport, “It is a great environment for kids to enjoy their football and blossom. I believe he is the right man to help Ethan develop his potential.”
Dave Piercy once played for Senrab, regarded at the time as the best boys football team in the country. who produced big names such as John Terry, Ledley King, Jermaine Defoe and Ashley Cole.
Old Town also has the reputation of being the most successful youth club in Sussex over a 25-year period. Dave said, “I have seen most of the Crabb family come through early sessions; I remember seeing Matty as an under-seven running down the wing with the ball seemingly glued to his feet.” Dave recently took a year out of looking after the younger Eastbourne Town as having turned 63 he admitted to ‘struggling a bit on the cold mornings.’
But with grandson Jimmy now showing a keen interest together with son Steven and Luke Denton (both ex-Old Town Boys) Dave is now very much involved, taking sessions at the Saffrons every Sunday morning at 10.15.
He would welcome any new recruits, boys and girls who are 5 or 6 in the school year. Who knows, one could just become that next Premiership star!