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Young Dagenham commentator wows West Ham

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 02 February 2016

Lewis Barr, centre with Enner Valencia, left and Adrian, right

Lewis Barr, centre with Enner Valencia, left and Adrian, right

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Watch out John Motson and Jonathan Pearce – a 10-year-old is after your job.

Lewis Barr pitchside at the Boleyn GroundLewis Barr pitchside at the Boleyn Ground

Hunters Hall Primary School’s finest football expert, Lewis Barr, has his eye on the commentator’s chair after he was chosen to be West Ham United’s first “Junior Journo”.

The youngster, who lives in Hunters Hall Road, Dagenham, was picked for the job after impressing club staff with his confidence and knowledge when he turned up at official events.

“I got to interview Mark Noble, who’s my favourite player, and it was really fun,” he said after covering the club’s 2–2 draw with Manchester City.

“I definitely want to be a journalist now – I decided the other day. That’s if I don’t become a footballer – or maybe I could do what Gary Lineker did and be a player and a commentator.”

For mum Clare Hallinan, Lewis’s success is no surprise.

“There’s not much he doesn’t know,” she said. “He studies form, he studies the game. And he speaks so well and gets it across with so much confidence – I’m so proud. He’s got commentator written all over him.”


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