Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings looks set to make his England debut against Bulgaria on Monday night.
The imposing centre-half, whose father played for Gloucester City in two spells between 1996 and 2004, has been a key figure in Dean Smith’s side since joining from AFC Bournemouth in January.
Adie was a former fans favourite at Gloucester City, playing over 100 matches for the Tigers as a striker scoring 45 goals. He made his debut in 1996 against Ashford Town, and went on to enjoy three years at Gloucester City before his final match against Cheltenham Town in 1999.
Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure.— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) July 8, 2019
You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
Blessing to have my Nan, my biggest supporter, and my parents with me today ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XYBB7QZBHn
Mings returned to the Tigers in 2004 for his second spell. His second debut came against Yate Town, but Mings’ return to City only lasted five matches, scoring one goal in the process.
Adie also played for Melksham Town, Chippenham Town, Bath City, Worcester City, Gloucester City, Forest Green Rovers and Yate Town.
Like his father, Tyrone also played for Chippenham Town in 2012. Tyrone started life at Southampton as a scholar, however budget cuts were made to the youth system – forcing Mings to ply his trade in non-league.
An out-of-the-blue transfer from Chippenham to Ipswich in 2012 sparked Mings’ astronomical rise through the English leagues, and now the Aston Villa defender is expected to make his international debut on Monday night.
Mings will join a select group of England international’s whose careers began in non-league. Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright started his career at Greenwich Borough, AS Roma defender Chris Smalling started out at Maidstone United, and current England striker Jamie Vardy enjoyed spells in non-league with Stocksbridge Park Steels and F.C Halifax Town.
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