MILES STOREY SPECIAL: From teen rejection to an international cap

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town's Miles Storey scores against Aston Villa Swindon Town's Miles Storey scores against Aston Villa

ON TUESDAY night, a product of Swindon Town’s youth programme started for England Under-19s.

Here was an 18-year-old lad who picked himself up from the heartbreak of being released by his boyhood club Wolves, a young man who refused to believe a Stevenage coach’s blunt words 12 months previously that he’d be flipping burgers at McDonald’s right about now, a budding star who left home at a tender age to pursue a dream.

In the crowd at Telford’s New Bucks Head ground, Miles Storey’s parents - Mandy and Martin - watched their son take the latest step on a career path which has seen its trajectory adjusted considerably in recent weeks.

You can only imagine their emotions.

“As parents we have been so proud to watch him play at a very young age for the District and then move up through the levels,” Mandy told the Advertiser. “To even get to the West Midlands county was a big honour so now, to get the call for our country, is just mind-blowing. It’s just fantastic news.

“He’s very level-headed and he would not allow himself to get carried away and I think the reason for that is the setbacks he’s had in his life. He doesn’t take anything for granted. For him to get to this level now he’s had to work so hard and made sacrifices.

“Where his friends would go out on a Friday night, Miles never would. Saturday would always be a matchday for him. He has made sacrifices in his personal life and still does.”

Mandy and Martin have provided their only child with the firmest of foundations from which to excel.

With Martin’s job in sales taking him around the country on Saturdays, Mandy has been Miles’ chauffeur, advisor, best friend and biggest fan since he first started playing competitive football for Sandwell Dynamos in his native West Midlands aged just six.

She’s ferried her son from training to home to school to training to matches to trials and back again for the best part of 10 years. Now the Storeys are reaping rich rewards for their collective perseverance and dedication.

But it hasn’t been the simplest of roads for a tight-knit family.

After showing massive promise during his Sunday League days with Sandwell, Miles moved quickly through regional representative sides. He featured for Sandwell District before progressing into the West Midlands County team.

Picked up by Wolves aged eight, Miles spent the best part of seven years with the club he supports and with whom his entire family were season-ticket holders until his relocation to Wiltshire. However, just over three years ago he was released.

Mandy said: “He was absolutely devastated when he was released because he had been with the Wolves for seven years. At that point he decided to have a year out from academies.

“He went back to playing school football again and he went back to a Sunday League squad and continued playing for the West Midlands County.”

After his sabbatical, Miles was taken on by Coventry – but Mandy felt her son was still struggling to recover his passion for the game.

“Looking back at his time with Coventry you could still tell that he was absolutely devastated about what happened to him at the Wolves and I felt at the time that it was just going through the motions, to please us as well really,” she said.

“As parents we’ve put a lot of time and effort in, from the age of seven, up and down the country. I actually felt at that stage of his life that he was going through the motions but he was still devastated.

“At the age of 16 he had the other setback and he was released by Coventry while he was taking his GCSEs. However, he took it upon himself to enter the player exit trials and he did really, really well at the exit trials.”

From those exit trials, everything changed for the Storeys. Miles received 12 offers of trials from clubs up and down the country – including Rangers and Manchester United – but he plumped for Swindon Town.

Robins’ youth team coaches Paul Bodin and Jeremy Newton handed the striker a scholarship having seen him play just a handful of games, and Miles packed his bags to move out of the family home aged 16.

“After a lot of consideration Miles and us decided, as a family, that we believed that Swindon was the next port of call for Miles,” said Mandy. “We could tell within a couple of months that Miles started to enjoy his football again after his setbacks.

“The next huge step then, at the age of 16, was for Miles to leave home. I’ve got to say - from both sides, from Miles’ point of view and our own – it was absolutely heart-wrenching.

“He’s a bit of a home boy but Miles knew to follow his dream it had to be done, he had to leave home, he had to take his scholarship down at Swindon.

“For the last two-and-a-half years he’s been living with a wonderful family in Swindon. He’s been looked after really well. This is such a big comfort to myself and Martin because that aspect I’ve never had to worry about.

“We have a huge amount of respect and gratitude for Paul Bodin and Jeremy Newton. They have both been absolutely great with Miles - with his development and obviously Paul giving him his debut from the bench at the age of 17 when Paul was caretaker.”

This year, after coming runner-up to Manchester United-bound Nick Powell in the Football League Apprentice of the Year awards, Miles embarked on his first professional contract and the opportunity to work with Paolo Di Canio and his first-team squad.

Di Canio has been quick to play down the youngster’s rise to prominence, and the Storey family are 100 per cent behind him.

Mandy said: “He is learning from him all the time. At the moment PDC is quite sensibly taking a steady and nurturing approach with Miles which Miles fully understands.

“As for going forward, he has got his feet completely on the ground. He’s trying to keep himself on an even keel, not get carried away and, as parents, we will continue to support him with reality.

“He knows there are areas of his game that he needs to improve on. He is prepared to work at his game and improve. He will listen to PDC and take on board what he says to improve his game, for himself but most of all for the team.”

Last month, Miles made the transition from youth-team prospect to, in the words of his manager, a first-team protagonist. He headed home Town’s third goal against Stevenage, cueing Mandy to go bonkers in the stands.

“The Stevenage goal was Miles’ first goal for the first team and as soon as he headed it into the net I just knew how important that goal was for him.

“I was in the stands going absolutely ballistic myself. I could tell it just meant that much to him and then his next target was his first goal at the County Ground. He’s wanted that so bad so at the Villa game it was brilliant. It was such a special moment.”

Two more goals against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup followed, and that leads us to Tuesday night and a starting place in Noel Blake’s Young Lions side to face Finland.

It’s a remarkable and heart-warming story, and Mandy knows it would not have been possible without the backing of one particular group of people.

“As parents we’d like to thank all the fans at Swindon Town for their support, kindness and friendliness to Miles and especially to us at the games. They’re absolutely fantastic,” she said.

“They all come up to me and we have a chat – it’s like I’ve known them a long time. I just want to say thank you.

“We’ve always been big fans of the Wolves and we were Wolves season-ticket holders. When Miles went to Swindon we gave that up and I would say now we’re Swindon Town fans to be honest.

“We’re really, really proud of him. Miles will say ‘I haven’t made it yet, I’ve got so much to do, so much to work on’ and that’s the way he is. We honestly believe Swindon Town was the right club and I’m hoping now it’s all paid off.”

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6:25am Thu 15 Nov 12

graham81 says...

Wow miles you've taken over the whole adver this morning :)
Wow miles you've taken over the whole adver this morning :) graham81

6:38am Thu 15 Nov 12

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! says...

What an enjoyable read
What an enjoyable read Ollie Reed's Parky dance!

7:06am Thu 15 Nov 12

smirg kcab says...

Looks like s.m is winding up di canio with all the hype headlines. I'm sure one Article would have done.
Miles is a no body YET.
Onwards and downwards
Looks like s.m is winding up di canio with all the hype headlines. I'm sure one Article would have done. Miles is a no body YET. Onwards and downwards smirg kcab

7:10am Thu 15 Nov 12

Haydonender says...

While I'm as excited as anyone by Miles' development, 5 articles today because he played an hour for the under 19s???

Adver seems to have completely missed/disregarded Paolo's request not to hype the kid up massively.
While I'm as excited as anyone by Miles' development, 5 articles today because he played an hour for the under 19s??? Adver seems to have completely missed/disregarded Paolo's request not to hype the kid up massively. Haydonender

7:12am Thu 15 Nov 12

KojaktheWarg says...

Yes Sam.. is someone winding someone up?

Although it shouldnt distract from the fact that we should be saying "very good for you Miles, keep it up"
Yes Sam.. is someone winding someone up? Although it shouldnt distract from the fact that we should be saying "very good for you Miles, keep it up" KojaktheWarg

7:34am Thu 15 Nov 12

smirg kcab says...

I wouldn't like to be in someone's shoes today.
Don't think we will be having any interviews from our manager for some time, and who can blame him.
Onwards and downwards.
Maybe a journo job going next week
I wouldn't like to be in someone's shoes today. Don't think we will be having any interviews from our manager for some time, and who can blame him. Onwards and downwards. Maybe a journo job going next week smirg kcab

8:02am Thu 15 Nov 12

smirg kcab says...

BREAKING NEWS
FROM YESTERDAY but I will tell you

Charltons Danny Hollands has signed on loan untill 5th January
Onwards and downwards.

Can't find this article at all today,
BREAKING NEWS FROM YESTERDAY but I will tell you Charltons Danny Hollands has signed on loan untill 5th January Onwards and downwards. Can't find this article at all today, smirg kcab

8:13am Thu 15 Nov 12

Since 1950 says...

Miles is certainly grabbing all the headlines in the Adver today! Good luck to the lad. He's worked hard to get where he is, and with the backing of his Mum & Dad.
I just hope he isn't being 'bigged up' ready for the January Sales.

COYR!
Miles is certainly grabbing all the headlines in the Adver today! Good luck to the lad. He's worked hard to get where he is, and with the backing of his Mum & Dad. I just hope he isn't being 'bigged up' ready for the January Sales. COYR! Since 1950

8:34am Thu 15 Nov 12

EastleazeRed says...

F#%king hell I bet Di Canio is fuming with this , he's trying to stop the hype and the adver dedicate the whole paper to him , not a good move and dont expect him to be in the squad this weekend.
F#%king hell I bet Di Canio is fuming with this , he's trying to stop the hype and the adver dedicate the whole paper to him , not a good move and dont expect him to be in the squad this weekend. EastleazeRed

9:00am Thu 15 Nov 12

Robinonfire says...

Great Storey of Storey

Come on you REDS
Great Storey of Storey Come on you REDS Robinonfire

9:05am Thu 15 Nov 12

the don69 says...

Blimey!Miles Storey Special,hogging all the headlines!better watch out Miles!the Boss ol Big-Head will be Jealous !LOL!!!!!!!!
Blimey!Miles Storey Special,hogging all the headlines!better watch out Miles!the Boss ol Big-Head will be Jealous !LOL!!!!!!!! the don69

9:06am Thu 15 Nov 12

stigger says...

Miles has no control over what the local press write about him, so if he were to be dropped from the matchday squad because PDC was angry with the press what would that say about PDC. I'm sure he will pick the squad based on training and will only drop Miles if he thinks the hype is affecting his performance. At least i hope so!! We all know PDC is volatile. COYR! On another note this article did make me really want him to succeed
Miles has no control over what the local press write about him, so if he were to be dropped from the matchday squad because PDC was angry with the press what would that say about PDC. I'm sure he will pick the squad based on training and will only drop Miles if he thinks the hype is affecting his performance. At least i hope so!! We all know PDC is volatile. COYR! On another note this article did make me really want him to succeed stigger

9:29am Thu 15 Nov 12

Davethered says...

Can't ever remember any one person having their picture all over the back page of the adver before.
Di Canio is going to be p****d off with this.
Enjoy every moment of it kid , because it can change in an instant
Can't ever remember any one person having their picture all over the back page of the adver before. Di Canio is going to be p****d off with this. Enjoy every moment of it kid , because it can change in an instant Davethered

10:29am Thu 15 Nov 12

Oi Den! says...

smirg kcab wrote:
BREAKING NEWS
FROM YESTERDAY but I will tell you

Charltons Danny Hollands has signed on loan untill 5th January
Onwards and downwards.

Can't find this article at all today,
Spot on Grim. This coverage is way over the top. I'm sure we all wish Storey well but this is absolutely ridiculous. Even David Howell, when part of a winning Ryder Cup team and facing Tiger Woods down on the last day of a big event, was given nothing like this coverage by the Adver. A sense of perspective is needed. Good luck Miles. I hope you don't take all this stuff too seriously.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: BREAKING NEWS FROM YESTERDAY but I will tell you Charltons Danny Hollands has signed on loan untill 5th January Onwards and downwards. Can't find this article at all today,[/p][/quote]Spot on Grim. This coverage is way over the top. I'm sure we all wish Storey well but this is absolutely ridiculous. Even David Howell, when part of a winning Ryder Cup team and facing Tiger Woods down on the last day of a big event, was given nothing like this coverage by the Adver. A sense of perspective is needed. Good luck Miles. I hope you don't take all this stuff too seriously. Oi Den!

10:55am Thu 15 Nov 12

bobh says...

This is a very good story! It is intersting, informative and demonstates how proud his parents are at Miles hard work and dedication to overcome his two major setbacks. It is a role model many young and (not so young) people could learn from and be inspired by. There is nothing for PDC to be angry about.

It has been well featured by the Adver because it is such good news. How often do we supply an England player at any level? Well done to Paul Bodin and his staff for bringing him to STFC.
Bob H of Weybridge
This is a very good story! It is intersting, informative and demonstates how proud his parents are at Miles hard work and dedication to overcome his two major setbacks. It is a role model many young and (not so young) people could learn from and be inspired by. There is nothing for PDC to be angry about. It has been well featured by the Adver because it is such good news. How often do we supply an England player at any level? Well done to Paul Bodin and his staff for bringing him to STFC. Bob H of Weybridge bobh

11:08am Thu 15 Nov 12

Psychedelic Syd says...

Thank goodness Storey has had 2 big disappointments already in his career because that above all else will stop him from getting carried away by the hype. He knows how quickly it can all end in tears. Morshead is too interested in his journalistic career / sensationalism to consider the consequences of some of his articles. He might be a Town fan but STFC obviously come second to his desire to get noticed.

Storey sounds like a very grounded and sensible young professional. His attitude sounds exemplary. If he manages to continue developing and avoids injury, he could be pretty good. Bostock must have gone through similar hype at an even earlier age, without the major disappointments Storey has encountered. His subsequent time at Spurs must have been an object lesson in the fickleness of football. When all is said and done it is still an incredible achievement for Storey to make England U19'S from a L1 team.
Thank goodness Storey has had 2 big disappointments already in his career because that above all else will stop him from getting carried away by the hype. He knows how quickly it can all end in tears. Morshead is too interested in his journalistic career / sensationalism to consider the consequences of some of his articles. He might be a Town fan but STFC obviously come second to his desire to get noticed. Storey sounds like a very grounded and sensible young professional. His attitude sounds exemplary. If he manages to continue developing and avoids injury, he could be pretty good. Bostock must have gone through similar hype at an even earlier age, without the major disappointments Storey has encountered. His subsequent time at Spurs must have been an object lesson in the fickleness of football. When all is said and done it is still an incredible achievement for Storey to make England U19'S from a L1 team. Psychedelic Syd

11:30am Thu 15 Nov 12

RobinsTalk says...

Apparently news filtered through to Miles today that Jose Mourinho read today's Adver with great interest.

'Not even in my wildest dreams could I imagine that I could one day get to work with the special one'........commente
d Mourinho.
Apparently news filtered through to Miles today that Jose Mourinho read today's Adver with great interest. 'Not even in my wildest dreams could I imagine that I could one day get to work with the special one'........commente d Mourinho. RobinsTalk

11:51am Thu 15 Nov 12

Oi Den! says...

bobh wrote:
This is a very good story! It is intersting, informative and demonstates how proud his parents are at Miles hard work and dedication to overcome his two major setbacks. It is a role model many young and (not so young) people could learn from and be inspired by. There is nothing for PDC to be angry about.

It has been well featured by the Adver because it is such good news. How often do we supply an England player at any level? Well done to Paul Bodin and his staff for bringing him to STFC.
Bob H of Weybridge
Of course it's good news. Nobody disputes that, but what happened to good old English understatement? One congratulatory piece would have done the job nicely. Five separate articles?! As Grim put it, bluntly but accurately, and as PDC has been trying to tell us, Storey has achieved nothing in the game yet.
.
A bit unfair to point the finger at Sam Morshead. Surely such a young journalist doesn't make editorial decisions at the Adver?
[quote][p][bold]bobh[/bold] wrote: This is a very good story! It is intersting, informative and demonstates how proud his parents are at Miles hard work and dedication to overcome his two major setbacks. It is a role model many young and (not so young) people could learn from and be inspired by. There is nothing for PDC to be angry about. It has been well featured by the Adver because it is such good news. How often do we supply an England player at any level? Well done to Paul Bodin and his staff for bringing him to STFC. Bob H of Weybridge[/p][/quote]Of course it's good news. Nobody disputes that, but what happened to good old English understatement? One congratulatory piece would have done the job nicely. Five separate articles?! As Grim put it, bluntly but accurately, and as PDC has been trying to tell us, Storey has achieved nothing in the game yet. . A bit unfair to point the finger at Sam Morshead. Surely such a young journalist doesn't make editorial decisions at the Adver? Oi Den!

11:52am Thu 15 Nov 12

Malkym says...

RobinsTalk wrote:
Apparently news filtered through to Miles today that Jose Mourinho read today's Adver with great interest. 'Not even in my wildest dreams could I imagine that I could one day get to work with the special one'........commente d Mourinho.
Ahhh you can't beat a good dose of sarcasm - a well over the top reaction from Le Rag!

Sorry BobH but the kid is only just dipping his toe in the water - it's not even as though they've even won the frigging tournament ffs!

Like many others I hope the lad does do well but feet on the ground to start with please!
[quote][p][bold]RobinsTalk[/bold] wrote: Apparently news filtered through to Miles today that Jose Mourinho read today's Adver with great interest. 'Not even in my wildest dreams could I imagine that I could one day get to work with the special one'........commente d Mourinho.[/p][/quote]Ahhh you can't beat a good dose of sarcasm - a well over the top reaction from Le Rag! Sorry BobH but the kid is only just dipping his toe in the water - it's not even as though they've even won the frigging tournament ffs! Like many others I hope the lad does do well but feet on the ground to start with please! Malkym

11:58am Thu 15 Nov 12

Wilesy says...

As a one-off article this is excellent but after barely 200 minutes of football (if that) a 'This is Your Life' day is very OTT.

After Paolo's attempts to keep his feet on the ground, Wooooosshhh!! - the Adver have launched the lad into orbit.
As a one-off article this is excellent but after barely 200 minutes of football (if that) a 'This is Your Life' day is very OTT. After Paolo's attempts to keep his feet on the ground, Wooooosshhh!! - the Adver have launched the lad into orbit. Wilesy

1:01pm Thu 15 Nov 12

SeanG92 says...

Paolo says about keeping Miles grounded and then the Adver goes and runs 4 Miles Storey Special articles on the lad.... Brilliant.
Paolo says about keeping Miles grounded and then the Adver goes and runs 4 Miles Storey Special articles on the lad.... Brilliant. SeanG92

1:34pm Thu 15 Nov 12

eastmidsred says...

Never a dull moment at STFC. Sam had better check for a horse's head in his bed tonight!
Never a dull moment at STFC. Sam had better check for a horse's head in his bed tonight! eastmidsred

4:23pm Thu 15 Nov 12

the don69 says...

eastmidsred wrote:
Never a dull moment at STFC. Sam had better check for a horse's head in his bed tonight!
Yes Sam had better watch out or he'll be sleeping with the Fish!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]eastmidsred[/bold] wrote: Never a dull moment at STFC. Sam had better check for a horse's head in his bed tonight![/p][/quote]Yes Sam had better watch out or he'll be sleeping with the Fish!!!!!!!!!!!! the don69

5:15pm Thu 15 Nov 12

smirg kcab says...

These stories are trending in the di canio household
Onwards and downwards
These stories are trending in the di canio household Onwards and downwards smirg kcab

7:51pm Thu 15 Nov 12

the don69 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
These stories are trending in the di canio household
Onwards and downwards
Are they trending in the Morshead household Grim!lol.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: These stories are trending in the di canio household Onwards and downwards[/p][/quote]Are they trending in the Morshead household Grim!lol. the don69

7:54pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Wilesy says...

eastmidsred wrote:
Never a dull moment at STFC. Sam had better check for a horse's head in his bed tonight!
Horsehead for Morshead haha!

Sorry Sam couldn't resist.
[quote][p][bold]eastmidsred[/bold] wrote: Never a dull moment at STFC. Sam had better check for a horse's head in his bed tonight![/p][/quote]Horsehead for Morshead haha! Sorry Sam couldn't resist. Wilesy

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