Reece Skelton may be a relatively new name on the team sheet for Stockport Town. But the first team coaches have known about him for a long time...
Born on 21st May 2000, Reece Tyler Skelton is an attacking midfielder for Stockport Town Football Club. Whenever he isn't in the red and white stripes, Reece goes by his day-to-day duties as a full-time student.
Skelton has been a member of the Stockport Town Under-21’s since the start of the 2017/18 season making 14 appearances and scoring 9 goals, in what has been an exciting season for the young lions who currently sit top of the North West Under 21s Development League. He made his first team debut on 31st October 2017 in the LWC Drinks Cup match against Cammell Laird, starting in the number 10 role. Despite playing well, his debut ended in a 2-0 defeat. Ironically it was the same opposition in the Cheshire Senior Cup on Monday 15th January 2018 when the youngster made a name for himself.
Not only did he come on as a late substitute to make his debut in the competition, he also fired in his first senior goal, adding the fourth in Town’s 4-0 victory at Stockport Sports Village.
On the goal itself, Skelton said: “It’s always a great feeling to score for your club, but I think that goal is one of the most special I’ve managed to score so far, due to how much it meant to me.”
The young Lion started his footballing career in the amateur leagues, turning out for junior clubs including Northside, Moston Brook and Moston Juniors, before turning semi-pro at Chadderton FC of the North West Counties Football League. Reece joined up with the Lions back in August 2017 and speaking on his first season, had this to say:
“I think my first season has been a positive one as I have settled in well, and the Under-21’s are currently top of the league. Also, the fact that I’ve managed to be involved in the first-team.”
With his personal season getting off to a good start, Skelton already has some aspirations in mind.
He added: “I want to continue to play as much football as possible for this club, and see how far the teams I play for can go, whether that be the first team or the U21s. My aspiration is to play at the highest level in this sport.”
Though Skelton had only recently broken into the first team, it was clear to see that Lions boss, Dave Wild, has had Reece on his radar for some time, having seen the youngster shoot the U21s to the top of the North West Development League with 9 goals in 14 appearances.
Speaking about the First-Team manager, Skelton continued: “I have known Dave for a few years now and he has been a big help for me in terms of improving as a player. Therefore, I am enjoying my football here, learning as much as I can from Dave and the other coaches at the club including Jake Davies and Tom Upton."
"As for Dave though, I think qualities that have stood out for me are his knowledge of the game, but also his man-management of his players.”
With the first team currently going through a tricky spell in the league, Skelton wants to try and help the club in every way. He added, “My personal targets are to help the team win as many games as possible before the end of the season, and help them go as far up the table as possible.”
Skelton enjoys time with family and friends when he’s not playing football, or working out at the gym. He'll be hoping to make an even greater impact on both the first team and the U21s before the season is over.
You can catch him in action for the U21s on Sunday 21st January away at West Kirby United, 2pm kick off, or back on home soil, again against West Kirby on Friday 2nd February, 7.45pm kick at Stockport Sports Village, P10.