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Town girl goes for Euro glory!

THE proud parents of England footballer Lindsay Johnson will be desperately searching for a TV to see their daughter play in the European Championship final.

Three Lions star Johnson will be in the Olympic Stadium, in Helsinki, Finland, tomorow for the biggest game of her life against Germany.

But the Hartlepool defender's thrilled parents will not be there.

Instead they will be frantically trying to find a pub in London showing the game after booking a holiday which clashed with the final.

Joy and Peter Johnson had spent two weeks in Finland watching their daughter play a big role in the team's success through the group stages of the competition.

Joy, 55, said: "Lindsay has had her ups and downs but this is the biggest competition she has played in so to get to the final is brilliant. We are so proud of her.

"It's very emotional for us so it's a shame we won't be there but Lindsay said not to worry. She knows she has our full support.

"I'm sure we'll find somewhere to watch it but probably between our fingers as we get so nervous."

Lindsay, 29, who went to Fens Primary School, Manor College of Technology and Hartlepool Sixth Form College, plays for Everton Ladies, where she is nicknamed Lindsay Lightening because of her pace.

But it was not always football she excelled in.

Lindsay's parents, who live in the South Fens area of Hartlepool, say their daughter has been sports-mad since she learned to walk.

She followed her sisters, Vicky Thomas, 34, and Claire Johnson-Clark, 31, into athletics and was running at Burn Road Harriers aged only six before officially joining two years later.

Lindsay, who is a PE teacher in Liverpool, also excelled in hockey and netball, representing the county in both sports.

Joy said: "Sport has always been a big part of her life but it wasn't football that she started with. She even gave up playing while she did her A-levels.

"It's now a big commitment for her, it's not like the men's game as the girls have to support themselves.

"But she has done so well in it and it's helped her see the world. When she gets back from Finland, she is off to Europe with Everton."

Housewife Joy and Peter, 59, a welder, are confident their daughter will come back a champion despite facing the reigning world and European champions tomorrow.

Joy added: "All our friends and family are supporting Lindsay and everyone will be watching the match.

"It's going to be a really tough game against Germany but I know they can do it."

The game kicks-off at 5pm and is being broadcast live on BBC2.

 
 
 

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