AFC Bournemouth: 'My son could not be in better hands' says Mark Redknapp

YOUNG STAR: Seven-year-old Harry Redknapp signs for AFC Bournemouth

YOUNG STAR: Seven-year-old Harry Redknapp signs for AFC Bournemouth

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by

PROUD father Mark Redknapp believes son Harry is in the best possible hands with Cherries and admitted: “I wouldn’t have wanted him to go anywhere else.”

The seven-year-old grandson of former Cherries boss Harry Redknapp yesterday continued the family dynasty when he joined the Dorset club’s Academy.

Striker Harry, who attends Bournemouth Collegiate School, has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, his father and his uncle Jamie Redknapp by being on the club’s books.

The youngster was named after both his granddad and his late great-grandfather – who died just before Harry junior was born – and was spotted by Cherries scouts playing locally for Moordown Youth.

“I don’t want a load of agents phoning me because he is only just out of nappies!” joked dad Mark, who runs a media company in London and has just opened the Burger Shop on Old Christchurch Road.

“He is very direct and quick but has a lot to learn. It is still early days so I don’t want him to get carried away with it and I want him to stay grounded. He eats, sleeps and breathes football and is playing all the time.”

Although Mark was in the Cherries youth ranks during his father’s time as manager at Dean Court, a serious injury ended his chances of playing professionally at 18 before he turned out for non-league clubs Bashley, Dorchester and Fisher Athletic.

Harry junior, who turns eight next month, will learn under the guidance of Cherries’ technical development officer Matty Holmes – handed his first pro contract by Redknapp senior in 1988 – and will play for Cherries under-nines next season.

“I have known Matty Holmes for more than 20 years and he is a fantastic coach,” added Mark. “My son could not be in better hands. My dad, my brother and myself were all on the club’s books and I would not have wanted him to go anywhere else.

“He supports Cherries and QPR and his pop comes to watch him on Sundays as often as he can. My dad thinks he has improved a lot this year but we both know he has a long way to go.”

Holmes told the club website: “Harry was playing locally for Moordown so we had an eye on him. A few scout reports came back saying he was progressing very, very well, so we brought him into our Academy sessions around November last year.

“He has been playing with the top under-eights and has shown really good progression. He has improved his technical work and his receiving and passing skills have come on no end.

“So, with that in mind, and the fact that he comes from a footballing family background, we feel he has a great chance of progressing in our system and that is why we have offered him a contract.”

Mack Allen, the grandson of the late Alan Ball, who won the World Cup with England in 1966, is also on Cherries’ books as a goalkeeper.

“It is funny how it works,” added Holmes. “You get two or three relatives of famous footballers come in at the same time. They are always signed purely on what we see though.

“We won’t just sign them unless we see an actual talent there, otherwise it is a place that is taken up when another boy could be developing. They have to earn it and Harry and Mack have certainly done that.”

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7:03am Fri 23 May 14

Afcbpete says...

Wish Harry and Mack all the best, and that they go on to become successful in later years in an AFCB career....
Wish Harry and Mack all the best, and that they go on to become successful in later years in an AFCB career.... Afcbpete
  • Score: 5

7:59am Fri 23 May 14

cheeriedriteup says...

I'm sure there are plenty of proud fathers with Sons in the Academy, is this when famous people normally say " the press don't give us privacy ? "
I'm sure there are plenty of proud fathers with Sons in the Academy, is this when famous people normally say " the press don't give us privacy ? " cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 11

8:14am Fri 23 May 14

Northernladdeh says...

And who actually cares ? There are plenty of other fathers with sons in the academy Just another pathetic attempt at mark grabbing the limelight again
And who actually cares ? There are plenty of other fathers with sons in the academy Just another pathetic attempt at mark grabbing the limelight again Northernladdeh
  • Score: -8

8:34am Fri 23 May 14

Sogrimey says...

Mark who? R these sports journalists that desperate 4 a story I could of told. Them what I had for dinner last night would of been a better read
Mark who? R these sports journalists that desperate 4 a story I could of told. Them what I had for dinner last night would of been a better read Sogrimey
  • Score: -9

8:52am Fri 23 May 14

Saintssupporter80 says...

Sounds to me like a poor attempt to promote 'the burger shop'.. What the jells that got to do with cherries academy. Probably about to go bankrupt again
Sounds to me like a poor attempt to promote 'the burger shop'.. What the jells that got to do with cherries academy. Probably about to go bankrupt again Saintssupporter80
  • Score: -4

9:20am Fri 23 May 14

Jonnerz says...

As mentioned yesterday and I quote " let's hope the little lad keeps his NOSE clean unlike his dad"..
As mentioned yesterday and I quote " let's hope the little lad keeps his NOSE clean unlike his dad".. Jonnerz
  • Score: 7

10:15am Fri 23 May 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

This is non news, . . . Next they will be telling us that HARRYS HOUND prefers Pal Meat for dogs
This is non news, . . . Next they will be telling us that HARRYS HOUND prefers Pal Meat for dogs RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 7

11:13am Fri 23 May 14

nickynoodah says...

I like Rosie Larry Breadbap's dog at least it can read and write
I like Rosie Larry Breadbap's dog at least it can read and write nickynoodah
  • Score: 3

2:24pm Fri 23 May 14

ASM says...

why did my comment about us being deprived of AFCB news get removed? come on echo - 7 year olds - fricking 7 year olds (i am allowed to say frick right?)
why did my comment about us being deprived of AFCB news get removed? come on echo - 7 year olds - fricking 7 year olds (i am allowed to say frick right?) ASM
  • Score: 0

3:33pm Fri 23 May 14

Northernladdeh says...

Well said Elite50, whoever has been foolish enough to go into business with him at this 'burger shop' needs to be careful too before they get dragged down with him
Well said Elite50, whoever has been foolish enough to go into business with him at this 'burger shop' needs to be careful too before they get dragged down with him Northernladdeh
  • Score: -2

3:39pm Fri 23 May 14

nonnogeppetto says...

I hope this lad doesn't logon into this site and read some of the comments that this article and yesterday's attracted. I am sure that he didn't phone up the ECHO and told them that he was about to sign for AFCB's academy.

I just want to wish him and all the other boys all best and I hope one day I will be reading about what they have achieved rather than who their granddad or father is.

Now can we get some information about Grabban and who is being signed for next season! UTCIAD
I hope this lad doesn't logon into this site and read some of the comments that this article and yesterday's attracted. I am sure that he didn't phone up the ECHO and told them that he was about to sign for AFCB's academy. I just want to wish him and all the other boys all best and I hope one day I will be reading about what they have achieved rather than who their granddad or father is. Now can we get some information about Grabban and who is being signed for next season! UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 7

3:41pm Fri 23 May 14

Northernladdeh says...

Minty fresh this is a comments page where people are entitled to COMMENT.. The 'harsh' comments u are referring to are clearly from people that actually know him and what he is really like.
No one is being threatening or abusive, just stating their opinions which is what this page is for
Minty fresh this is a comments page where people are entitled to COMMENT.. The 'harsh' comments u are referring to are clearly from people that actually know him and what he is really like. No one is being threatening or abusive, just stating their opinions which is what this page is for Northernladdeh
  • Score: -3

4:26pm Fri 23 May 14

turbo14 says...

well done little Harry, no need for any negative comments about anyone else.
Best of luck in the academy next year.
well done little Harry, no need for any negative comments about anyone else. Best of luck in the academy next year. turbo14
  • Score: 3

4:52pm Fri 23 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

Northernladdeh wrote:
Minty fresh this is a comments page where people are entitled to COMMENT.. The 'harsh' comments u are referring to are clearly from people that actually know him and what he is really like.
No one is being threatening or abusive, just stating their opinions which is what this page is for
Rubbish. The remarks were unnecessary and abusive and I have just decided to report it thanks to YOUR childish aside.
[quote][p][bold]Northernladdeh[/bold] wrote: Minty fresh this is a comments page where people are entitled to COMMENT.. The 'harsh' comments u are referring to are clearly from people that actually know him and what he is really like. No one is being threatening or abusive, just stating their opinions which is what this page is for[/p][/quote]Rubbish. The remarks were unnecessary and abusive and I have just decided to report it thanks to YOUR childish aside. Minty Fresh
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4:56pm Fri 23 May 14

Northernladdeh says...

Minty Fresh I suggest u get a life and stop arse licking ppl who u think are famous lol and really are nothing but con merchants!!!
Minty Fresh I suggest u get a life and stop arse licking ppl who u think are famous lol and really are nothing but con merchants!!! Northernladdeh
  • Score: -3

11:16pm Fri 23 May 14

toffeeappleandbananas says...

We'll ... What can I say, this just EIGHT year old is a person in his own right, I personally find it very disturbing that there are people in his own home town that would even consider airing such statements. Do you know him? Do you actually know how hard this lad works every day to make his game better? It's quite obviouse that you don't, because if you did you wouldn't feel the ignorant need to comment on his father. Good luck to you Harry Jr. You go and make it in your own right! We are behind you.
We'll ... What can I say, this just EIGHT year old is a person in his own right, I personally find it very disturbing that there are people in his own home town that would even consider airing such statements. Do you know him? Do you actually know how hard this lad works every day to make his game better? It's quite obviouse that you don't, because if you did you wouldn't feel the ignorant need to comment on his father. Good luck to you Harry Jr. You go and make it in your own right! We are behind you. toffeeappleandbananas
  • Score: 6

11:57pm Fri 23 May 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Well this does appear a very 'cute' story. The young lad's seven so he has so much to learn. It is though hopefully a story that will have legs!

Apparently; No mention of an agents fee? No signing on fee? NO mention apparently of grampa's dogs' getting anything for their account to fix their Monaco Kennel? No thought not!

This story is one that will run and run as the lad grows and develops into one of England's greatest. AS I said a cute story, at the very least it's seen as slightly nepotistic?
Well this does appear a very 'cute' story. The young lad's seven so he has so much to learn. It is though hopefully a story that will have legs! Apparently; No mention of an agents fee? No signing on fee? NO mention apparently of grampa's dogs' getting anything for their account to fix their Monaco Kennel? No thought not! This story is one that will run and run as the lad grows and develops into one of England's greatest. AS I said a cute story, at the very least it's seen as slightly nepotistic? St Albans Cherry
  • Score: -2

12:00am Sat 24 May 14

St Albans Cherry says...

........and nepotism is NO CRIME so good luck little Harry!
........and nepotism is NO CRIME so good luck little Harry! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 1

10:18am Sat 24 May 14

elite50 says...

My comments concerning nepotism were deleted (some-one knows some-one)
If successful Grand-dad did not feature in this story, neither would his non-successful son, or the poor little kid who it seems has been left to carry the load.
I am on the boys side, he should be left to grow into an adult without being pushed.
My comments concerning nepotism were deleted (some-one knows some-one) If successful Grand-dad did not feature in this story, neither would his non-successful son, or the poor little kid who it seems has been left to carry the load. I am on the boys side, he should be left to grow into an adult without being pushed. elite50
  • Score: 0

2:51pm Sat 24 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

elite50 wrote:
My comments concerning nepotism were deleted (some-one knows some-one)
If successful Grand-dad did not feature in this story, neither would his non-successful son, or the poor little kid who it seems has been left to carry the load.
I am on the boys side, he should be left to grow into an adult without being pushed.
Your disgusting comments about Mark Redknapp were reported by myself and the Echo rightfully deleted them. Trolls like you should be barred from this site.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: My comments concerning nepotism were deleted (some-one knows some-one) If successful Grand-dad did not feature in this story, neither would his non-successful son, or the poor little kid who it seems has been left to carry the load. I am on the boys side, he should be left to grow into an adult without being pushed.[/p][/quote]Your disgusting comments about Mark Redknapp were reported by myself and the Echo rightfully deleted them. Trolls like you should be barred from this site. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Sat 24 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

Northernladdeh wrote:
Minty Fresh I suggest u get a life and stop arse licking ppl who u think are famous lol and really are nothing but con merchants!!!
Grow up
[quote][p][bold]Northernladdeh[/bold] wrote: Minty Fresh I suggest u get a life and stop arse licking ppl who u think are famous lol and really are nothing but con merchants!!![/p][/quote]Grow up Minty Fresh
  • Score: 1

10:48pm Sat 24 May 14

elite50 says...

Minty Fresh wrote:
elite50 wrote:
My comments concerning nepotism were deleted (some-one knows some-one)
If successful Grand-dad did not feature in this story, neither would his non-successful son, or the poor little kid who it seems has been left to carry the load.
I am on the boys side, he should be left to grow into an adult without being pushed.
Your disgusting comments about Mark Redknapp were reported by myself and the Echo rightfully deleted them. Trolls like you should be barred from this site.
Maybe my comments hit a bit close to home Mr. Rednapp?
[quote][p][bold]Minty Fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: My comments concerning nepotism were deleted (some-one knows some-one) If successful Grand-dad did not feature in this story, neither would his non-successful son, or the poor little kid who it seems has been left to carry the load. I am on the boys side, he should be left to grow into an adult without being pushed.[/p][/quote]Your disgusting comments about Mark Redknapp were reported by myself and the Echo rightfully deleted them. Trolls like you should be barred from this site.[/p][/quote]Maybe my comments hit a bit close to home Mr. Rednapp? elite50
  • Score: 0

7:39pm Sun 25 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

elite50 wrote:
Minty Fresh wrote:
elite50 wrote:
My comments concerning nepotism were deleted (some-one knows some-one)
If successful Grand-dad did not feature in this story, neither would his non-successful son, or the poor little kid who it seems has been left to carry the load.
I am on the boys side, he should be left to grow into an adult without being pushed.
Your disgusting comments about Mark Redknapp were reported by myself and the Echo rightfully deleted them. Trolls like you should be barred from this site.
Maybe my comments hit a bit close to home Mr. Rednapp?
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Minty Fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: My comments concerning nepotism were deleted (some-one knows some-one) If successful Grand-dad did not feature in this story, neither would his non-successful son, or the poor little kid who it seems has been left to carry the load. I am on the boys side, he should be left to grow into an adult without being pushed.[/p][/quote]Your disgusting comments about Mark Redknapp were reported by myself and the Echo rightfully deleted them. Trolls like you should be barred from this site.[/p][/quote]Maybe my comments hit a bit close to home Mr. Rednapp?[/p][/quote]Idiot Minty Fresh
  • Score: 1

10:22pm Sun 25 May 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Just wish to distance myself from someones wild imagination. I was remarking that this is a good news story and that no snide reference was being made by me... Up the Cherries Well done son! Well done gramps he's back in the Premiership!
Just wish to distance myself from someones wild imagination. I was remarking that this is a good news story and that no snide reference was being made by me... Up the Cherries Well done son! Well done gramps he's back in the Premiership! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Wed 28 May 14

toffeeappleandbananas says...

The people with the negative comments are coming across as slightly 'mental" oh and jelouse. Jealously is a terrible thing.
The people with the negative comments are coming across as slightly 'mental" oh and jelouse. Jealously is a terrible thing. toffeeappleandbananas
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