YOUNG footballer Eve Warburton did her own personal tribute to mark the 100th birthday of Captain Tom Moore, who is to receive a knighthood for his extraordinary fundraising exploits.
The nine-year-old from Mottram Rise, Stalybridge, did 100 kick ups, one for each year of his life.
The exploits of Captain Tom, who raised almost £33 million for the National Health Service after walking 100 lengths of his garden, touched the hearts of the nation, including Eve who plays for both Stalybridge Celtic and Manchester United.
Father Carl explained: “Eve saw what Captain Tom did and dedicated it to him.
“She said she was only nine years of age and she was determined to see what she could do.”
Carl added Eve could only manage between 10 and 15 kick ups early this year.
He continued: “It began as a personal challenge and, after many hours practise, she got up to 50 odd.
“Then when she heard about Captain Tom, that was her inspiration to get to 100.”
Since then, however, Eve has increased her total to 160 kick ups, a staggering achievement for the pupil from Stalyhill Juniors.
Eve plays for Stalybridge Celtic Under-9 Blues and has just landed a contract to play for Manchester United.
She was a member of United’s development squad training each Monday at Eccles College.
Eve, who plays left wing or midfield, has impressed so much she has been given a contract for the 2020-21 season once lockdown restrictions are lifted.