NZ girl will continue family football dynasty at under 17 World Cup
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 12:00a.m.
When a nervous Bridgette Armstrong runs out for the under 17 women's World Cup opener next Tuesday she will have family support like no other.
“It's a real privilege to be creating history by having three generations in the sport and just go out there and I suppose do my family and my country proud,” Armstrong said.
Bridgette's Uncle Brian and dad Ron both played for the All Whites, while her Mum Jenny played for Auckland
So it is no surprise Bridgette's carrying on a family tradition.
“There isn't another sport in our family ya know football is the thing and ya know with Ron and I both playing, there was nothing else,” Mrs Armstrong said.
The family dynasty started with Ron and Brian's late father Ken.
He earned one England cap during 11 years at Chelsea where he played over 400 games and won the club's first league title, before moving to New Zealand to coach and play for the All Whites.
“I went back to Stamford Bridge and the people who used to pull me aside and talk to me about dad and what a player he was and it was only then that I really did realise did they just score? hang on, we missed that did ya get that?? Ron Armstrong said.
Now Ken's sons are seeing his legacy live on through Bridgette.
It looks like some of Ken's coaching techniques have been passed down the line along with some great football talent.
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