St Cadocs Youth Club had a special visitor on Tuesday night - Scotland legend James McFadden. The 800 strong Community Club were delighted that the former Motherwell and Everton star came along to take a training session for starry eyed 2006s. This came after the team's Eva Drummond had scooped the prize in a club raffle.
A St Cadocs' spokesperson said: "Nothing was too much trouble for James, happily posing for pictures, signing boots and chatting to the kids whose smiles said it all.
James joined in a game with the kids along with his own son. At time up he wanted to keep playing - and did!"
It was 10 years to the day since that famous goal in Paris and James reflected: "I loved playing for my country but like every kid I started at my local boys club team - West Park. I went to Hearts but left as I missed my Boys Club. I was so impressed tonight by the attitude of the kids. The weather was poor but their enthusiasm was there for all to see.
The coaches give up their time but you need that enthusiasm from the kids, it was brilliant to see. We agreed to just get them playing, running about and scoring goals . I loved it."
Asked about the facility at Eastwood High, James was full of praise. "My son plays on concrete at the moment and we need more of these 3G facilities. I was really impressed with the whole campus and the pitch itself. Credit to the council for supporting such a large community club.
"The fact there were 80 odd St Cadocs kids training on it and developing as potential players was brilliant to see.I 'm aware that Liam Lindsay (Barnsley FC) played with St Cadocs and he is going on to have a good career. I'm sure there will be many more as the years roll by."
St Cadocs 2006 Coach Paul O'Neill said: "We were very fortunate that James, who obviously has a great enthusiasm for the grass roots game in Scotland volunteered his services for this training session with our 2006 team. He had a natural way with the kids who revelled in being on the field with a Scottish football great. It just so happened to be on the anniversary of James stunning hit that won us the game against France... which the kids knew all about. Worth noting also that he stayed a lot longer than planned and was swamped by the kids coming to next training session."
"St Cadocs Youth Club thank James for giving up his time and wish him all the best at Queen of the South . He gained a lot of new fans tonight."