Parker family helps lead Alstonville to soccer cup success
AS footballing families go, Craig Parker and his tribe take some beating.
The 45-year-old and his twin 16-year-old sons Jarred and Matthew were part of the Alstonville side which claimed a dramatic Open B victory in this year's Tursa Employment and Training Anzac Cup.
The younger Parkers were among the heroes for their side, with goalkeeper Matthew making a crucial stop in the 7-6 penalty shoot out win over South Lismore.
With the spot kicks following an action-packed 3-all draw at Lismore's Oakes Oval, Parker senior said he had almost been too exhausted to join the jubilant post-match celebrations.
"Everyone was rushing towards Matthew (at the finish)," Parker said. "I couldn't keep up with them.
"I actually panicked slightly - I thought they were going to bowl him over.
"I was so nervous (during penalties) for the whole team and my two boys.
"It was a great effort by everyone and wonderful to win."
Parker, who plays for the club's men's sixth division side, was a keen soccer player as a junior.
He took up the sport again about five years ago after moving to Alstonville -and now all his family plays for the club.
Eldest son Brodie is a handy player for the club's men's premier division and premier reserve sides, while daughter Alesha plays for the girls 13-years teams.
His wife Louise has also been bitten by the soccer bug and plays for the club's fourth division women's side.
She also assists with canteen duties, while the family also chip in with other club matters.
"I think Louise was sick of everyone else playing," Parker said. "She wanted to have a go as well.
"I think football is something that's in our blood."
Parker said he was proud to have helped his club achieve silverware.
"I love the mateship involved (with soccer)," he said. "It's also something that keeps our family together.
"The club is a major part of the community in
Alstonville. It's just a big football family here.
"Without the club, I don't know what we would do here."
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Frank Lampard has been one of Chelsea and England's successful midfielders for more than a decade. His father Frank senior is a former England player and top coach. His brother-in-law Harry Redknapp has managed West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur and is boss of Queens Park Rangers. His son Jamie is a former Tottenham, Liverpool and England player.
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Les Ferdinand smashed in Premier League goals for QPR, Newcastle and Spurs among others, while defender and cousin Rio has captained Manchester United to Champions League glory and garnered various domestic honours to boot. Both have represented England, like Rio's brother Anton did at Under-21 level. Rio and Anton's cousin Kane, currently plays for English League One side Peterborough.