Football fans follow in the foot steps of Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney

John Hinchliffe Chairman of Thornes Juniors Football Club with  Archie Ambler 8  from Thornes Juniors Under 9 team with the Barclays Premiership Trophy
John Hinchliffe Chairman of Thornes Juniors Football Club with Archie Ambler 8 from Thornes Juniors Under 9 team with the Barclays Premiership Trophy
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Football fans got their hands on the FA Premier League trophy to mark the opening of a new clubhouse.

Children and families queued up to see first-hand the trophy at Thornes Junior Football Club, on Queens Drive, Ossett.

Its visit coincided with the official opening of a new £204,000 clubhouse which boasts changing rooms, toilets, disabled facilities, kitchen and social area.

The building is a major boost for the club, where teams have been making do with a number of steel shipping container buildings as changing rooms, toilets and a tuck shop.

Chris Davies, fundraiser at the club, said: “We now have a brand new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art clubhouse and I think this is going to move the club along even further, certainly in terms of membership.”

He said the club put up tents outside to cater for the overspill of people who turned up to see the trophy and have their picture taken.

“We had over 300 people turn up, despite the weather conditions. It was absolutely brilliant. Two security guards travel with it all the time and wear white gloves to handle it, and stood at the side of it. It’s a magnificent trophy, it really is.

“People started thinking about who had handled it before – the likes of Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney.

“The kids were so excited.

“It was a real coup for us, absolutely superb.

“We were the cats that got the cream.”

The new clubhouse was funded through the Football Foundation and environmental trust WREN, as well as Barclays, which organised the trophy visit.

Thornes Junior Football Club was set up in 1990 by Brian Wilcox, club secretary, and now boasts more than 300 members and up to 20 teams, ranging from under six to open age and a ladies’ team.

Long term plans for the club include building a multi-games area on site, for sports such as basketball and cricket.

And over the next three to four years bosses hope to also create an all-weather pitch as well.