Josh Chamberlain, the scorer of the spectacular long-range goal that went viral today, was released by Tottenham Hotspur as a teenager and was on trial at Queens Park Rangers.
The goal, scored from just inside the opponents half in the FA Vase on Saturday, has been played on the website of just about every national media outlet and led to interviews on talkSPORT and BBC Three Counties Radio today.
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Chamberlain, 22, has scored 43 Premier Division goals for Berkhamsted in the last two Spartan South Midlands League seasons and has ten to his name already this time round. He has played at Broadwater for his hometown club ever since being released by Spurs as a teenager.
“I was at Spurs at a young age but it didn’t quite work out,” he told talkSPORT. “I’ve just been playing lower league football with Berko since I was 16. I played [at Spurs] when I was a young kid after being spotted by someone at their Centre of Excellence. I gradually moved up to the academy until I was released. When I was 16 I went for a trial at QPR but it didn’t work out.”
Chamberlain is one several players from the Dacorum area to have been snapped up by Spurs as a schoolboy. Harry Winks, a 19-year-old midfielder, and young goalkeeper Brandon Austin both went to Cavendish School while Hemel Hempstead pupil Cauley Woodrow started life out at Spurs before ending up at Fulham via Luton. Chamberlain said he has not given up hope of winning a professional contract and will draw inspiration from former teammate Connor Calcutt who was also at Spurs as a youngster.
Calcutt finished the 2013/14 season playing for Berkhamsted, scoring 23 league goals in 35 games, trained with Millwall in the summer before starting the 2014/15 season playing in the Football League for Stevenage. He scored against Plymouth in only his second league appearance.
Chamberlain’s goal in a 3-1 win against AFC Kempston Rovers, meanwhile, was no fluke: he scored a similar one against London Tigers in April.
“I thought I’ll have a go,” said Chamberlain when asked to describe the goal on the Hawksbee & Jacobs show. “The players said at half time they had seen the keeper off his line. I tried it and it worked. I think it had a bit too much height for him. I gave away the penalty [to give AFC Kempston the lead] and then pulled that [goal] out of the bag, so I was delighted.”
To read about the amount of talent Spurs have hoovered up from Watford and surrounding areas, click HERE