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Top 5: Non-league to Premier League

Ex-Maidstone United defender secured dream move to Premier League. (©GettyImages)
Ex-Maidstone United defender secured dream move to Premier League. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool have offered a one-week trial to Dulwich Hamlet striker Daniel Carr, according to The Daily Mirror.

18-year-old Carr has netted 23 times in as many appearances for the Ryman League Division One South outfit, and has attracted interest from other Premier League clubs but will get his chance to impress for Liverpool’s under-21 side when they take on West Ham on Monday.

It is a huge opportunity for Carr to impress and if he does enough to earn a move to Anfield he’ll be joining some big names who’ve made the giant leap from the non-league to the top flight.

Ian Wright

A fellow Dulwich Hamlet graduate, Wright was also playing for the south London side when he was spotted by scouts from Crystal Palace. A deal was done to take Wright to Selhurst Park and turn professional aged 21. Wright made a big impact helping Palace to promotion via the play-offs in 1989 and to the FA Cup final in 1990. In 1991 he joined Arsenal where he became the club’s record goalscorer in his seven year stint at Highbury, scoring 185 times in 288 games, a record later to be eclipsed by Thierry Henry.

Stan Collymore

Starting out with Stafford Rangers, Collymore, like Wright, joined Crystal Palace in 1990 aged 19 and eventually made his breakthrough with Nottingham Forest in 1993 after signing at the City Ground for £2m. Collymore helped Forest back to the Premier League and then to a third placed finish in 1994/95 before he joined Liverpool for a British transfer record £8.5m.

Les Ferdinand

Sir Les was playing for Hayes when he was spotted by QPR in 1987, eventually helping the Hoops to promotion to the top flight before moving to Newcastle in 1995. At St. James' Park he was part of a Newcastle side that finished second in consecutive seasons before moving back to the capital to join Tottenham.

Michael Kightly

Kightly had been a part of Tottenham’s academy set-up but having failed to earn a professional contract he made it into the Football League with Southend, only to slip out of the professional game once again. Whilst at Grays Athletic he gained a reputation as the ‘Ryan Giggs of the non-league’ and moved to Wolves in 2007 where he helped the Molineux club to promotion to the Premier League. Following Wolves relegation last season, Kightly joined Stoke City for an undisclosed fee.

Chris Smalling

Smalling was playing for Maidstone United in 2008 when Fulham snapped him up and he only made a hand full of appearances for the Cottagers before Manchester United moved in for the young centre-half. Smalling has since made four appearances for England and looks set to win a second Premier League winners medal come May.

 

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