Well played son!


Their dad's may all be part of the fabric of football folklore, but GiveMeFootball identifies nine Football League players aiming to follow in the footsteps of their famous fathers this season and beyond.

Thomas Ince (Blackpool)

Son of ex-Manchester United and Liverpool legend Paul Ince, Tom initially played in Liverpool's academy side. The 19-year-old harboured hopes of appearing in front of the Kop at first-team level just like his dad.

However, the attacking midfielder or forward joined Championship side Blackpool in August 2011 for more senior first-team chances and has since made 17 appearances for the Tangerines.

Interestingly, before his Blackpool move, Liverpool loaned young Ince to Notts County. Guess who was the manager at the time, yes, a certain Paul Ince, his father!

Anton Rodgers (Brighton)

Young Anton Rodgers is indeed the son of Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers made his debut recently for Brighton off the bench in an FA Cup third round tie with Wrexham.

Before his move to the South Coast, Rodgers junior indeed worked with dad at the Chelsea academy but was unfortunately released in early 2011.

Anton has represented the Republic of Ireland at international level for the under-17 and 19 sides, going against the Northen Irish roots of his father.

Daniel Potts (West Ham)

17-year-old Daniel Potts is currently enjoying his breakthrough season at West Ham United to the delight of his father and ex-Hammer Steve Potts.

Daniel; a left-back will go some to topple his dad's 399 appearances for the East London club. He has made four starts despite his slender age this season after defensive injuries have decimated Sam Allardyce's side.

With experience of international football at youth level, Daniel has decided to represent the United States and has appeared at under-20 level for the country of his father's birth.

George Moncur (West Ham)

Another son of a famous West Ham name comes in the form of George Moncur, son of midfield legend John.

George who plays the central midfield role like his dad is yet to make his Hammers bow, but featured as an unused substitue this season at Brighton.

He is currently on loan to League Two AFC Wimbledon and West Ham have high hopes for his progress, with the youngster penning his first professional contract with the club in 2010.

Oliver Lee (West Ham)

Oliver Lee completes the hat-trick of famous West Ham son's. 20-year-old Oliver is the son of ex-West Ham and Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee.

Another, who is yet to make his first-team bow for West Ham, Lee junior has been out on loan locally at Dagenham & Redbridge this season.

Lee scored his first goal for the Daggers against Morecambe in September 2011 and has since returned to his parent club. Lee was an unused substitue in West Ham's recent FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Charlie Sheringham (Bournemouth)

There are few Sheringham's in professional football and you guessed, Charlie is the son of ex-Tottenham and Manchester United striker Teddy.

Playing for his eighth club now in Bournemouth, Charlie is also a striker and enjoyed a formidable spell in the non-League with Dartford.

Young Sheringham was prolific in the 2010-11 season for Dartford striking 30 goals in 46 appearances, earning him a move back to the Football League this summer with the Cherries.

This represented his first move back to the Football League since he started out with Crystal Palace's academy in 2006.

Lee Johnson (Bristol City)

Diminutive midfielder Lee Johnson is the son of current Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson. Lee, now 30, played under his father in spells both at Yeovil and Bristol City where he is still currently employed.

Following father Gary's departure from Huish Park in his first-spell in charge, Lee too found pastures new in joining SPL side Hearts in 2006. It was an ill-fated spell however for the midfielder who only appeared four times for the Edinburgh side.

Dad rescued him the same year after signing him for his new club, Bristol City.

Diego Poyet (Charlton)

15-year-old Diego Poyet is the son of ex-Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder and current Brighton manager Gus Poyet. Mini Poyet has turned his back on his father's native Uruguay and has in fact appeared for England at youth international level.

It could be a little longer before Diego is unleashed in Charlton's first-team proper, as the youngster currently plies his trade in the club's youth set-up.

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton)

Our final player with famous heritage is the interesting parentage of Brighton's Jake Forster-Caskey.

Jake is the son of former Reading man Darren Caskey but earns his double-barrel surname from also having ex-Brighton legend Nicky Forster as his stepdad.

The talented youngster is currently becoming a first-team fixture for Gus Poyet's side, starting each of the last three games for the Seagulls, and scoring two goals in the process.

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