Kalvin Phillips' first time in the local paper before Leeds United and England success

Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips is a regular feature in the Yorkshire Evening Post these days, but he made his first appearance in our sister paper more than a decade ago.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 1:47 pm
Kalvin pictured alongside Whingate Primary School classmates Peter Hogan and Kirsten Richards in 2007.

The 25-year-old defensive midfielder, who was born in Wortley, first graced the pages of the Leeds Weekly News in 2007.

His appearance came after his school, Whingate Primary School, held an event called 'Spirit Alive', inspired by London's successful bid to host the Olympics 2012.

During the event, the pupils were involved in a range of sport actives, forming teams to represent different countries and competing against each other.

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In the article, dated September 25, a young Kalvin can be seen smiling alongside classmates Peter Hogan and Kirsten Richards.

Kalvin's no stranger to trophies now, and it appears it was the same back then as he clutched onto his winning cup.

According to the article, bakery Greggs were also at the school giving out goodies - however, it seems Kalvin was given a fruit salad pot as part of his winning prize, rather than a sausage roll.

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A mural of Kalvin Phillips following Leeds' promotion to the Premier League.

During this time, Kalvin was playing for his local club in Wortley and it wasn't until he was a 14-year-old pupil at The Farnley Academy that he joined the Leeds academy.

His talent quickly saw him rise through the ranks, becoming the captain of the development and under-18 teams.

Now he is a key member of the Whites squad, helping the club secure promotion as champions to the Premier League.

Phillips was named in England boss Gareth Southgate's final 26-man squad for this summer's Euros on Tuesday, June 1.