RORY DELAP’S son Liam is listed among the substitutes for Manchester City in their Premier League opener at Wolves tonight.
The 17-year-old helped the Eastlands club to the Under-18 Premier League Cup final, when they beat Stoke City 6-0 in March.
Delap is an England underage international who joined City from Derby County in 2019. His grandfather John is a native of Letterkenny.
The official Manchester City website describes Liam as follows: “Mixing power with panache, the 17-year-old also boasts an explosive turn of pace, prodigious skill and a genuine hunger and thirst for goals.
“A traditional leader of the line and standing over 6ft, Delap relishes the physical side of the game and despite his tender years he is a formidable presence on the field.
“But he marries that athleticism with guile and skilful creativity to make him a hugely exciting prospect.
“Born in Winchester, Delap made a big impression in Derby’s Academy set up from an early age and has been capped by England at Under-17 level.
“Despite some early disruption to his City career through injury Delap emerged as one of the talismans of our Under-18s’ hugely successful 2019/20 campaign.”
Rory Delap played 11 times for the Republic of Ireland, as well as a lengthy club career that stretched from 1994 to 2013, representing Carlisle United, Derby, Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke, Barnsley and Burton Albion. Rory is the nephew of Brendan, Paddy and Anthony, who all are well-known in Letterkenny. And no, Liam does not have a particularly long throw-in