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24 March 2015

Chopper guides Rayleigh Boys to Cup triumph

Less than 24 hours after seeing his first win as interim manager of The Lions cruelly snatched away in injury time at Griffin Park, he was back on the touchline guiding Rayleigh Boys (Blues) to a glorious Essex Cordell Under 13s Cup Final win against Chelmsford City.

If anyone knows about the ups and downs of football it is Neil Harris.

Chopper, who used to play for Rayleigh as a youngster, oversaw a sensational comeback as Blues - featuring birthday boy Cameron Harris - overturned a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 with a last-gasp goal from Daniel Monk.

 after Sunday's game Chopper said: "I played here myself, so I knew that the slope was a big factor. At 1-0 at half time I wasn't too disappointed. The boy who scored the winning goal, Daniel Monk, has been out with a broken elbow, so he hasn't kicked a football for eight weeks and that was his first time. He only played in the second half, but he made an impact because he got the strike that mattered.essexfa.comSpeaking to

"A lot of these boys have been here since the age of five, and the reason that I stayed (as manager) until today, even though I'm managing at Millwall, is because I care about the boys. Some of them have got really bright futures, so to work with them since the age of five and to see them develop, is extra special. I feel really privileged and really proud of them."

Speaking about his son Cameron, Chopper added: "I'm proud for my son. To lift the trophy like that on his 13th birthday is a terrific achievement for him and something that he’ll never forget."

A full report from the game is available on

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