11-year-old football manager draws against Bolton Wanderers

An 11-year-old ball boy was promoted to the role of manager for a pre-season friendly.

Daniel Fryer, from Wesham, guided AFC Fylde in the National League North to a 1-1 draw against Championship team Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday night.

A fellow Fylde supporter won the one-off opportunity during the club’s end of season awards, but gave Daniel the role when he found he could not attend.

Daniel gave a team talk, held a press conference and made substitutions.

He was also given an initialled jacket with ‘Boss’ on the reverse.

Speaking before kick-off, the interim boss said: “I will make sure to keep them high in confidence before the game.

“If they are not doing well at half-time then I will get in to them.”

Dave Challinor, AFC Fylde’s usual manager, said: “Dan’s a massive help to the club on matchdays anyway, but he’s obviously been given a bit of a promotion.

“It’s a great insight for him into what goes on in the dressing room and on the bench.”

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