Cherries: Josh's joy after a surprise debut

Bournemouth Echo: DREAM DEBUT: Josh Carmichael DREAM DEBUT: Josh Carmichael

TEENAGE midfielder Josh Carmichael admitted his unexpected debut for Cherries had been “a dream come true”.

The 16-year-old, who was nicknamed Schuey at school due to his resemblance to Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, was a surprise inclusion on the team-sheet for Cherries’ League One encounter at Exeter City on Saturday.

And he won his spurs earlier than anticipated when he was thrust into the fray as a replacement for injured Nathan Byrne three minutes before half-time.

Poole-born Carmichael, who had been expecting to turn out for the youth team at Oxford, showed some assured touches and played his part in a deserved win at St James’s Park.

Carmichael, who has been capped by Scotland under-16s, is just two months into a two-year scholarship with Cherries having joined the club when he was 10.

He told the Daily Echo: “It was unbelievable. I have been training with the first team now and again and the manager gave me my chance on the bench. I only found out on Friday.

“I was quite surprised because I slept really well on Friday night. It was a great experience to be involved and I didn’t really think I would get on. I was absolutely buzzing when I got the call.

“It went okay. I was really nervous to start with and gave away a few passes. But the other lads told me to stay calm and were brilliant with me. They couldn’t have helped me any more.”

Carmichael had a number of family and friends among the crowd, including father Ian and uncle Jason. However, one of his staunchest supporters, his grandfather Alex, missed his big moment as he was on business in China.

Cherries boss Lee Bradbury said: “Josh got his chance and grabbed it with both hands. I was very pleased with him.

“He has joined us in training a few times and has impressed me with his attitude and how he handles the ball so I thought it would be good opportunity to get him involved.

“He has got a good head on his shoulders and is quiet and unassuming. But he goes about his work in a diligent manner. I knew he would be good enough to do a job and he did fantastically well.

“He is composed on the ball and has got a lot of good attributes. He is big enough to be able to deal with first-team football and he showed that with an excellent performance.”

Carmichael, who turns 17 later this month, is the third youth teamer to have played for the first team this season, following in the footsteps of Jayden Stockley and Elliot Ward.

Stockley became the second youngest player to represent the club in the league when he came off the bench against Chesterfield in October 2009. Jimmy White, who was 15 years and 321 days when he faced Port Vale in April 1958, is the youngest.

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7:33am Mon 19 Sep 11

ProudCherry says...

Good luck kid, looks like you will be seeing more first team action than you could have ever have expected, hope it goes well for you!!!
Good luck kid, looks like you will be seeing more first team action than you could have ever have expected, hope it goes well for you!!! ProudCherry

7:37am Mon 19 Sep 11

Tom Griffiths says...

Very best of good luck to you Josh Your parents and Grandad must be very proud of you. Nice of you to appreciate the help you received on the field from your team mates. A local lad, having been with the club since the age of ten, absolutely brilliant. To coin a phrase "That's the way to do it". Well done Lee for giving Josh a day to cherish in his young life.
Very best of good luck to you Josh Your parents and Grandad must be very proud of you. Nice of you to appreciate the help you received on the field from your team mates. A local lad, having been with the club since the age of ten, absolutely brilliant. To coin a phrase "That's the way to do it". Well done Lee for giving Josh a day to cherish in his young life. Tom Griffiths

8:30am Mon 19 Sep 11

Square Old Codger says...

Even thogh he sadly isn't still with us, another one down to Joe! Good luck to the young man, I hope that he continues to develop and improve.
Even thogh he sadly isn't still with us, another one down to Joe! Good luck to the young man, I hope that he continues to develop and improve. Square Old Codger

8:31am Mon 19 Sep 11

Square Old Codger says...

Even thogh he sadly isn't still with us, another one down to Joe! Good luck to the young man, I hope that he continues to develop and improve.
Even thogh he sadly isn't still with us, another one down to Joe! Good luck to the young man, I hope that he continues to develop and improve. Square Old Codger

8:44am Mon 19 Sep 11

rose tints rule says...

Nothing to do with Joe, he only looked after the under 18's at the end. This lad is in his first year in the under 18's so is a product of Brooks/Groves.
Nothing to do with Joe, he only looked after the under 18's at the end. This lad is in his first year in the under 18's so is a product of Brooks/Groves. rose tints rule

8:52am Mon 19 Sep 11

djd says...

Good game and we will see more of you on the team in the future.
Good game and we will see more of you on the team in the future. djd

9:02am Mon 19 Sep 11

bmb says...

Tom Griffiths wrote:
Very best of good luck to you Josh Your parents and Grandad must be very proud of you. Nice of you to appreciate the help you received on the field from your team mates. A local lad, having been with the club since the age of ten, absolutely brilliant. To coin a phrase "That's the way to do it". Well done Lee for giving Josh a day to cherish in his young life.
Top post Tom. Lovely to see another one of our young uns getting so close to making the step up. I assume this young man is the first Brooks babe? Good luck young man, look forward to watching you progress.
[quote][p][bold]Tom Griffiths[/bold] wrote: Very best of good luck to you Josh Your parents and Grandad must be very proud of you. Nice of you to appreciate the help you received on the field from your team mates. A local lad, having been with the club since the age of ten, absolutely brilliant. To coin a phrase "That's the way to do it". Well done Lee for giving Josh a day to cherish in his young life.[/p][/quote]Top post Tom. Lovely to see another one of our young uns getting so close to making the step up. I assume this young man is the first Brooks babe? Good luck young man, look forward to watching you progress. bmb

9:04am Mon 19 Sep 11

Square Old Codger says...

rose tints rule wrote:
Nothing to do with Joe, he only looked after the under 18's at the end. This lad is in his first year in the under 18's so is a product of Brooks/Groves.
Joined the Club as a 10 year old in 2005 - Brooks/Grove weren't even at the Club and Joe was in charge for most of the the lads time with the Club, before being "stabbed in the back".
[quote][p][bold]rose tints rule[/bold] wrote: Nothing to do with Joe, he only looked after the under 18's at the end. This lad is in his first year in the under 18's so is a product of Brooks/Groves.[/p][/quote]Joined the Club as a 10 year old in 2005 - Brooks/Grove weren't even at the Club and Joe was in charge for most of the the lads time with the Club, before being "stabbed in the back". Square Old Codger

9:38am Mon 19 Sep 11

wookj1 says...

Well done Josh. You got better and better as the game went on. Good luck for the future.
Well done Bradders. You may not have had many options, but you showed great faith in the ability of this young man, and he repaid your faith admirably.
Is Jimmy White or Howard Goddard the youngest ever to represent the first team? Both were only 15 years old I remember.
Well done Josh. You got better and better as the game went on. Good luck for the future. Well done Bradders. You may not have had many options, but you showed great faith in the ability of this young man, and he repaid your faith admirably. Is Jimmy White or Howard Goddard the youngest ever to represent the first team? Both were only 15 years old I remember. wookj1

9:46am Mon 19 Sep 11

lionheart says...

wookj1 wrote:
Well done Josh. You got better and better as the game went on. Good luck for the future.
Well done Bradders. You may not have had many options, but you showed great faith in the ability of this young man, and he repaid your faith admirably.
Is Jimmy White or Howard Goddard the youngest ever to represent the first team? Both were only 15 years old I remember.
Welcome aboard Josh. A good start to your career and a winning one.

As Neil quotes in the article, Jimmy White was our youngest ever player at 15 years and 321 days.
[quote][p][bold]wookj1[/bold] wrote: Well done Josh. You got better and better as the game went on. Good luck for the future. Well done Bradders. You may not have had many options, but you showed great faith in the ability of this young man, and he repaid your faith admirably. Is Jimmy White or Howard Goddard the youngest ever to represent the first team? Both were only 15 years old I remember.[/p][/quote]Welcome aboard Josh. A good start to your career and a winning one. As Neil quotes in the article, Jimmy White was our youngest ever player at 15 years and 321 days. lionheart

9:48am Mon 19 Sep 11

Big Cherry Willie says...

If you must know, Joe had Carmichael in the under 18's for most of last season and even had him sign a pre-scholarship agreement, 2 years ago, long before Brookes was on the scene. Brookes actually recommended that Carmichael should be binned last season as he didn't think he was good enough. So all you idiots who spout rubbish, get your facts right.

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If you must know, Joe had Carmichael in the under 18's for most of last season and even had him sign a pre-scholarship agreement, 2 years ago, long before Brookes was on the scene. Brookes actually recommended that Carmichael should be binned last season as he didn't think he was good enough. So all you idiots who spout rubbish, get your facts right. Read more: http://www.bournemou th.vitalfootball.co. uk/forum/forums/thre ad-view.asp?tid=4115 5&start=21&posts=21# ixzz1YO0ZuBaW Big Cherry Willie

9:49am Mon 19 Sep 11

Local fan says...

On Saturday the words went round the supporters "who's he?" but not for long, we now know you Josh and that you are a credit to the club. Congratulations on your senior debut, well done you played well.
On Saturday the words went round the supporters "who's he?" but not for long, we now know you Josh and that you are a credit to the club. Congratulations on your senior debut, well done you played well. Local fan

10:17am Mon 19 Sep 11

lionheart says...

Big Cherry Willie wrote:
If you must know, Joe had Carmichael in the under 18's for most of last season and even had him sign a pre-scholarship agreement, 2 years ago, long before Brookes was on the scene. Brookes actually recommended that Carmichael should be binned last season as he didn't think he was good enough. So all you idiots who spout rubbish, get your facts right.

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BCW I can't get your reference to work. Can you check it out.
[quote][p][bold]Big Cherry Willie[/bold] wrote: If you must know, Joe had Carmichael in the under 18's for most of last season and even had him sign a pre-scholarship agreement, 2 years ago, long before Brookes was on the scene. Brookes actually recommended that Carmichael should be binned last season as he didn't think he was good enough. So all you idiots who spout rubbish, get your facts right. Read more: http://www.bournemou th.vitalfootball.co. uk/forum/forums/thre ad-view.asp?tid=4115 5&start=21&p osts=21# ixzz1YO0ZuBaW[/p][/quote]BCW I can't get your reference to work. Can you check it out. lionheart

10:30am Mon 19 Sep 11

asset-strip-mitch says...

Big Cherry Willie wrote:
If you must know, Joe had Carmichael in the under 18's for most of last season and even had him sign a pre-scholarship agreement, 2 years ago, long before Brookes was on the scene. Brookes actually recommended that Carmichael should be binned last season as he didn't think he was good enough. So all you idiots who spout rubbish, get your facts right.

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we want roachy back, joe roach is the freddie roach of football - it was bradders who made the brave call to play him, given the pressure he is under bradders showed he does have some balls after all, now bradders drop your mate in goal and play shwan - if we had messi and messi wanted a 200 quid a week pay rise do you think he would be on the bench for not signing an unacceptable contract? (I do)
Well done bradders for giving the lad a chance
Carl Fletcher is worth a look, Plymouth might give him away like Zubar - with thomas and zubar (both good signings) we only need another 3 or 4 good signings and then we will have a decent team again
UTC
[quote][p][bold]Big Cherry Willie[/bold] wrote: If you must know, Joe had Carmichael in the under 18's for most of last season and even had him sign a pre-scholarship agreement, 2 years ago, long before Brookes was on the scene. Brookes actually recommended that Carmichael should be binned last season as he didn't think he was good enough. So all you idiots who spout rubbish, get your facts right. Read more: http://www.bournemou th.vitalfootball.co. uk/forum/forums/thre ad-view.asp?tid=4115 5&start=21&p osts=21# ixzz1YO0ZuBaW[/p][/quote]we want roachy back, joe roach is the freddie roach of football - it was bradders who made the brave call to play him, given the pressure he is under bradders showed he does have some balls after all, now bradders drop your mate in goal and play shwan - if we had messi and messi wanted a 200 quid a week pay rise do you think he would be on the bench for not signing an unacceptable contract? (I do) Well done bradders for giving the lad a chance Carl Fletcher is worth a look, Plymouth might give him away like Zubar - with thomas and zubar (both good signings) we only need another 3 or 4 good signings and then we will have a decent team again UTC asset-strip-mitch

10:40am Mon 19 Sep 11

AFCB,It's the club I follow says...

I don't really care who is responsible, fact is he looks a great young player, local lad which is always nice too, and it has got to be great news for the club when they can field a young guy that comes in and does so well.

Good on you Josh, hope you go on to have a good career with us.
I don't really care who is responsible, fact is he looks a great young player, local lad which is always nice too, and it has got to be great news for the club when they can field a young guy that comes in and does so well. Good on you Josh, hope you go on to have a good career with us. AFCB,It's the club I follow

10:47am Mon 19 Sep 11

afcbsimon says...

asset-strip-mitch wrote:
Big Cherry Willie wrote: If you must know, Joe had Carmichael in the under 18's for most of last season and even had him sign a pre-scholarship agreement, 2 years ago, long before Brookes was on the scene. Brookes actually recommended that Carmichael should be binned last season as he didn't think he was good enough. So all you idiots who spout rubbish, get your facts right. Read more: http://www.bournemou th.vitalfootball.co. uk/forum/forums/thre ad-view.asp?tid=4115 5&start=21&p osts=21# ixzz1YO0ZuBaW
we want roachy back, joe roach is the freddie roach of football - it was bradders who made the brave call to play him, given the pressure he is under bradders showed he does have some balls after all, now bradders drop your mate in goal and play shwan - if we had messi and messi wanted a 200 quid a week pay rise do you think he would be on the bench for not signing an unacceptable contract? (I do) Well done bradders for giving the lad a chance Carl Fletcher is worth a look, Plymouth might give him away like Zubar - with thomas and zubar (both good signings) we only need another 3 or 4 good signings and then we will have a decent team again UTC
As for Bradders dropping his mate and playing Shwan, there is no chance of that if Bradders reads the page 3 rag. DF actually made the League One team of the week (somehow!!). Didnt think he had that much to do due to the excellent defence (none of whom made the team of the week) and the Grecians dodgy attack.
[quote][p][bold]asset-strip-mitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Big Cherry Willie[/bold] wrote: If you must know, Joe had Carmichael in the under 18's for most of last season and even had him sign a pre-scholarship agreement, 2 years ago, long before Brookes was on the scene. Brookes actually recommended that Carmichael should be binned last season as he didn't think he was good enough. So all you idiots who spout rubbish, get your facts right. Read more: http://www.bournemou th.vitalfootball.co. uk/forum/forums/thre ad-view.asp?tid=4115 5&start=21&p osts=21# ixzz1YO0ZuBaW[/p][/quote]we want roachy back, joe roach is the freddie roach of football - it was bradders who made the brave call to play him, given the pressure he is under bradders showed he does have some balls after all, now bradders drop your mate in goal and play shwan - if we had messi and messi wanted a 200 quid a week pay rise do you think he would be on the bench for not signing an unacceptable contract? (I do) Well done bradders for giving the lad a chance Carl Fletcher is worth a look, Plymouth might give him away like Zubar - with thomas and zubar (both good signings) we only need another 3 or 4 good signings and then we will have a decent team again UTC[/p][/quote]As for Bradders dropping his mate and playing Shwan, there is no chance of that if Bradders reads the page 3 rag. DF actually made the League One team of the week (somehow!!). Didnt think he had that much to do due to the excellent defence (none of whom made the team of the week) and the Grecians dodgy attack. afcbsimon

12:38pm Mon 19 Sep 11

afcb_mcd says...

Well played Josh and many congratulations from all at PGS - like your family we are very proud. Look forward to this being the first step in a successful career.Hope you heard the school contingent on Saturday!
Well played Josh and many congratulations from all at PGS - like your family we are very proud. Look forward to this being the first step in a successful career.Hope you heard the school contingent on Saturday! afcb_mcd

3:03pm Mon 19 Sep 11

afcbournemouth says...

Carl fletcher is taking the managers job at Plymouth I heard so forget him !
Carl fletcher is taking the managers job at Plymouth I heard so forget him ! afcbournemouth

3:10pm Mon 19 Sep 11

nonnogeppetto says...

Regardless as to who had an input into your career Josh the one thing we all want you do is to succeed and one day play in the Premiership. Just keep your feet well on the ground especially when things don't go your way and all the best of luck for the future.
Regardless as to who had an input into your career Josh the one thing we all want you do is to succeed and one day play in the Premiership. Just keep your feet well on the ground especially when things don't go your way and all the best of luck for the future. nonnogeppetto

10:11pm Mon 19 Sep 11

AfcbBlues says...

Josh, well done thanks for acting as an inspiration to all the local boys playing in U7/U8/U9 etc,etc... every weekend, all these boys can believe dreams do come true.
Josh, well done thanks for acting as an inspiration to all the local boys playing in U7/U8/U9 etc,etc... every weekend, all these boys can believe dreams do come true. AfcbBlues

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