Teen to learn punditry ropes with footy legend

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 May 2011 | UPDATED: 13:07 10 May 2011

(click on image for larger view) Samuel Harkness has won competition to be a TV pundit alongside Kevin Keegan.

(click on image for larger view) Samuel Harkness has won competition to be a TV pundit alongside Kevin Keegan.


A TEENAGE footy fanatic from Burnham will learn the ropes of television punditry live on the air with a former England manager after winning a national competition.

King Alfred Secondary School pupil Samuel Harkness will make the trip to Wembley on May 30 to commentate on the Championship play-off final alongside Kevin Keegan, after winning npower’s What’s Your Goal? competition.

The 14-year-old, from Bathhurst Close, said he was inspired to have a go at punditry by former King Alfred’s pupil Gabriel Clarke, who is a football pundit for ITV, when he entered by sending in a video of himself doing commentating on a match.

Ahead of the final, where he will be reporting for one international TV or radio broadcaster, he said: “When my Dad told me I’d won I thought it was a joke, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it’s going to be great fun.

“I’m a little bit nervous, but I’ll just need to think about what I’m watching and enjoy myself.”

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