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Former Christ Church kids battle it out as pros in League One

Camden footballers who grew up just minutes away from each other meet in Swindon v Southend clash

29 November, 2016 — By Steve Barnett

Swindon Town goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux, and Southend United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth

THE spoils may have been shared, but there was no doubting who bagged the bragging rights on Tuesday night when two professional footballers flying the flag for Camden met in League One.

Swindon Town keeper Lawrence Vigouroux, who grew up on Ampthill Square estate in Hampstead Road, put in a man-of-the-match display to earn his side a 1-1 draw at Southend United.

The former Liverpool shot-stopper thwarted his opponents time and again. And what made all of his heroics even sweeter was that among the footballers bearing down on his goal was United star Anthony Wordsworth, who grew up just minutes away from him on Cumberland Market estate in Regent’s Park.

In the early days both players sharpened their skills playing for Christ Church Primary School in Redhill Street, and both turned out regularly in the Camden and Regent’s Park Youth Football League.

The match started well for Wordsworth as he set up Will Atkinson for the opener after only 12 minutes. But Jonathan Obika scored the equaliser to earn Swindon a draw – a result which was largely down to Vigouroux’s reflexes. The pick of his saves came in the 86th minute when Wordsworth was convinced he had headed home the winner from a corner, only to see his celebrations cut short by Vigouroux’s unbelievable acrobatics.

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