Mansfield Town loan striker remembers Lambs youth days

‘Some of the best days in his football career’ is how Tamworth striker Kane Hemmings has described his time as part of the Lambs’ youth set-up. Mansfield Town striker Hemmings began his career at Tamworth FC back in 2005 and this week spoke to the Herald about his time at the club and how it set him up for the future. He said: “Some of my best football memories are from when I was at Tamworth all those years ago, it set me up for the future and I really enjoyed being at The Lamb." “I never played in the FA Youth Cup myself, but playing in the youth team was just brilliant and I learnt a lot from that which set me up for the rest of my career. “The fact that the team have gone a long way in the FA Youth Cup this season is good to see. That is a great step forward and something they should be proud of. “Hopefully they can keep progressing in the tournament. “I know they play the games at different stadiums, so hopefully they will get the opportunities to play at big grounds and this will also help their development.” Hemmings progressed from Tamworth to Glasgow Rangers and made his first team debut for the Gers back in 2011. He went on to play for Cowdenbeath, Barnsley and Dundee before making the move south to Oxford. This season he has been on loan at Mansfield Town and is settling into life at the club. Tamworth progressed into the first round of the youth cup after second-half strikes from Ethan Hetherington and Junior Mpofu secured a 2-0 win against Alfreton Town. Their next opponents will be Nottingham-based Dunkirk tomorrow (Friday) night. A fifth win of the youth cup campaign would mean progression into the second round proper, and equal the club’s best-ever performance in the competition. Kane said: “The youth set-up is fantastic here in Tamworth now, it is great to see that it is back to full strength. “We never had the scholarship programme when I was here and I really think that is brilliant. “If I would have had something like that back in my day, I would have jumped at it so I am really pleased that has been introduced. “Andy Morrell and Mike Fowler have done a great job here in Tamworth and I hope it keeps getting stronger.”

‘Some of the best days in his football career’ is how Tamworth striker Kane Hemmings has described his time as part of the Lambs’ youth set-up.

Mansfield Town striker Hemmings began his career at Tamworth FC back in 2005 and this week spoke to the Herald about his time at the club and how it set him up for the future.

He said: “Some of my best football memories are from when I was at Tamworth all those years ago, it set me up for the future and I really enjoyed being at The Lamb."

“I never played in the FA Youth Cup myself, but playing in the youth team was just brilliant and I learnt a lot from that which set me up for the rest of my career.

“The fact that the team have gone a long way in the FA Youth Cup this season is good to see. That is a great step forward and something they should be proud of.

“Hopefully they can keep progressing in the tournament.

“I know they play the games at different stadiums, so hopefully they will get the opportunities to play at big grounds and this will also help their development.”

Hemmings progressed from Tamworth to Glasgow Rangers and made his first team debut for the Gers back in 2011.

He went on to play for Cowdenbeath, Barnsley and Dundee before making the move south to Oxford.

This season he has been on loan at Mansfield Town and is settling into life at the club.

Tamworth progressed into the first round of the youth cup after second-half strikes from Ethan Hetherington and Junior Mpofu secured a 2-0 win against Alfreton Town.

Their next opponents will be Nottingham-based Dunkirk tomorrow (Friday) night.

A fifth win of the youth cup campaign would mean progression into the second round proper, and equal the club’s best-ever performance in the competition.

Kane said: “The youth set-up is fantastic here in Tamworth now, it is great to see that it is back to full strength.

“We never had the scholarship programme when I was here and I really think that is brilliant.

“If I would have had something like that back in my day, I would have jumped at it so I am really pleased that has been introduced.

“Andy Morrell and Mike Fowler have done a great job here in Tamworth and I hope it keeps getting stronger.”

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