YOUNG footballers who won just one game in two years got the surprises of their lives on a prime-time TV show.
Throston Tornados under 13s team have had a taste of the glittering life of professional footballers after being chosen to feature on ITV’s revived-show Surprise Surprise.
The youngsters were treated to “incredible” surprises after team manager Chris Forsyth, 42, applied for them to star on the show.
The team’s bosses are not allowed to reveal the exact treats the show had in store for them – but club secretary Allison Kelly said “you couldn’t buy” the experiences enjoyed by the youngsters.
For the last two years, the team, which train at Throston Primary School and play their matches at Grayfields in the town, have struggled a little on the pitch, suffering some heavy defeats.
But manager Chris admired the “amazing attitudes” of the youngsters and decided to get in touch with the show in the hope the team would receive a well-deserved boost.
Allison, 46, who is Chris’s partner, said: “The team have never stopped working hard and coming off the pitch you would have thought they were the winning team, they never once let it get to them even though they were having a tough couple of seasons.
“Chris decided he wanted to nominate them for their attitudes, but it was quite a big surprise when we found the nomination had been successful.”
The 14 Throston Tornados players all got to enjoy the surprises set up by the show’s team.
Tomorrow’s episode is the third of six in a revitalised series of the show, which was originally hosted by Cilla Black and was a regular fixture on the television screens of millions during the 1980s and 90s.
Four special shows were aired between 1998 and 2001 before a revived series was launched last month, hosted by Holly Willoughby, who the youngsters all got to meet.
Allison, a teaching assistant at Springwell Primary School, who lives in the Throston area of the town, with Chris, an engineer at Caterpillar and their two children, Amy Forsyth, 14, and Ben Forsyth, 12, who plays for the team, added: “It’s just been a fantastic experience for them. Money couldn’t buy what they have done thanks to the show.
“The kids just couldn’t put into words how fantastic an experience it’s been for them.
“It’s something they will be able to remember and tell people about for years to come.”
The youngsters and their parents are now all set to watch the show, which will be aired at 7pm tomorrow, together in the Golden Lion pub.
● See Monday’s Mail to find out how the youngsters got on.
● See Saturday’s Youngstars to find out how Throston Tornados are now on winning ways.