How many times would you imagine Louie Barry’s family have seen that goal against Liverpool and heard the words that went with it?
The nicely weighted pass ball. The dart race behind the champion’s defense. Then the split second when millions of people watching on television had to decide whether a 17-year-old boy who had been dumped by his parents for the biggest night of his life could hold his nerve. And the almost incredulous comment that provided the answer. “He put his name in the spotlight here … well, what about it?”
What a story. Barry took his place on an Aston Villa team that had a median age of 18 years and 294 days. Their jersey numbers were between 37 and 70. And they faced a club that not so long ago could call themselves champions of England, Europe and the world. It was a dawn of a smile on Barry’s face.
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