|West Lothian kid Count-ing up the medals|
Author: Kevin Hamilton
Blackburn United won the County Cup again this year, for the 2nd time. It was another cup win for them, but for one player, it made history.
James Mildren, 19 years of age, in the prime of his career, has taken part in the WLAYC County Cup (the top cup competition in West Lothian football) final 7 years in a row. Not with the same team, but moving on to different sides and enjoying his illustrious time as a juvenile footballer.
James has been at many sides. At under 13s and 14s James played with local team Fauldhouse 1992's, won the County Cup at 13's beating Whitburn 4-0, and then at 14s beating his current side Blackburn 3-1.
Playing right back in both games he was the defensive rock the team needed. The team was very successful reaching the semi-final of the Scottish Cup and winning 4 trophies.
Moving on in his career, he then went to Fauldhouse 93s and stayed at 14s, winning the County Cup by tipping Blackburn by 1 goal to nil, capping off 3 final wins in a week.
At 15s it was the first time the cup final was played at Almondvale in Livingston, beating Blackridge by 3 to 1, at 16s and 17s the streak finally ended as they were beaten by revenge seeking Blackridge and Blackburn.
Then the make or break year, James was out to seek his lost trophy, and he found it, beating Dunipace 3-1 in a thrilling encounter. This time playing at left-back, Mildren played a vital role in his team's victory.
When asked about his achievements James had this to say "I was dissapointed with the two defeats of course, but I'm just proud of myself to play at such a consistently high standard for all those years, the best feeling was in the changing room before this years final, the atmosphere was electric."
James told us he is excited about the up and coming season, and can't wait to win it again! It's great to see such an attitude and confidence. James is a commited individual who obviously only aspires to win, like every boy should, from the team at YFS we wish him good luck and bid him a long and successful career.