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Byline: Michelle Ruane

SHARP shooter Adam Jones has been named the country's spot-kick king in a penalty competition.

The Normanby 16-year-old was crowned winner of the search to find the Wash & Goal penalty taking champion.

Adam was one of eight penalty takers to win a place in the national final after putting three goals past Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar in a regional heat held in May at Eston Leisure Centre.

Other national finalists were from Portsmouth, Sheffield, Leeds, Norwich, Reading, Manchester and Birmingham, with over 1,000 people initially entering the competition.

At the final, held at Birmingham City Football Club, the finalists again faced Grobbelaar on the pitch.

Adam, who was the youngest competitor in the whole event, was also the only penalty taker in the competition to put six goals in a row past Grobbelaar.

He said: "I'm chuffed that I've won. It's a great feeling to know I've won the title of best penalty taker in the country. The experience has been one to remember."

Having won a Ford Ka and a place in the final after winning the regional event, Adam has also won a trip for two to watch a European football game next season.

A competition spokesman said: "The aim was to find the nation's best penalty taker and in Adam, we certainly found him."

Adam is currently sitting his GCSEs and hopes to train as a BT engineer. The Evening Gazette teamed up with Wash & Go to find the region's top penalty taker.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2007
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