Wall helps keep dream alive for grassroots player on eve of his own Wembley bow

Alex Wall reckons now is the time for everyone to pitch in to help grassroots football and give back to the place they started, just like he recently has.

The Concord Rangers frontman dipped into his own pocket to help out a young player from grassroots side Warden AFC after a social media appeal for help with fees.

Club founder Dionne Manning, who used to work as cook during Wall’s time at Luton Town, posted a message on Twitter, and striker decided to offer some help.

“Dionne tweeted saying one of the parents were struggling to pay their kids’ fees for the season and asked if anyone could help,” Wall said.

“Every single player from top to bottom originally started out in grassroots football and I put myself in their shoes – imagine your parent not being able to pay for your football when that’s your passion and your release, especially in a pandemic.

“Kids have been stuck at home looking forward to playing football again. It’s not his parents’ fault, a lot of people are in a tough position at the minute with what’s been going on.

“It was lucky Dionne tweeted because this kind of thing must happen a lot and it just goes under the radar.

“I spoke to her afterwards and she said she’d had a lot of people offer to help. I’ve been lucky enough to make a living out of the game and I think we can all give a little bit back.”

Wall is set for a dream date at Wembley next month as Concord Rangers finally play out their FA Trophy final with Harrogate Town.

It’s that kind of occasion that Wall doesn’t want to be taken away from any aspiring footballer.

“When I was that age, football was everything for me,” he said. “Playing at Wembley is what you dream about when you’re a kid, that’s why it’s so important to give back because that’s where that dream is born.

“I used to go straight from school to the park, imagine that being taken away from you. I’ve not done this for publicity I just think everyone should be mucking together and helping each other out.

“We’ve all suffered over the past year, but kids shouldn’t suffer.”

(Photo Credit: Nicky Hayes)

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