This was stolen from some Michael Owen website, he technically not Welsh at all but he could have been i suppose.
Michael Owen was born in Chester on the 14th December 1979. Although being born in England Michael spent all his childhood in Hawarden, in the Welsh County of Clwyd. Michaelís love of football developed in a happy and hard-working family environment shared with his brothers Terry and Andrew and sisters Karen and Lesley.
Although Michaelís father Terry had an illustrious football career spanning over a period of 14 years with clubs such as Everton, Bradford City and Chester, he never pressurised Michael to follow a similar path. In fact, his father first encouraged Michael to enter the ring at Hawarden Boxing Club, believing it would hold him in good stead for the future. It soon became apparent that it was on the football pitch where Michaelís interest lay. By the age of seven Michael was playing for local club Mold Alexandraís U10ís side against bigger and stronger boys. His determination and strong will is exemplified at this early age when in his first full season he scored 34 goals in 24 games. This success continued after being selected for Deeside Schools, beating Gary Speedís record for youngest player to be selected and Ian Rushís record of most goals in a season. Michaelís goal-scoring feats continued at Hawarden Rangers and St Davidís Park attracting much interest from league clubs around the country.
Numerous clubs were courting Michael, among them was Manchester United Youth Director Brian Kidd, who was eager to sign him after watching Michael score six second half goals for his school team. However Manchester United could not follow up their interest following FA regulations restricting the distance a boy could travel. Michael visited many other clubs including Arsenal, Everton, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest. In the end it was Liverpool who Michael and his father believed was the right choice, after hard work from youth director Steve Heighway who had been monitoring Michael for years. The club had arranged for the Owen family to go to games and supplied Michael with football boots during the early years. Michael signed apprentice forms with Liverpool at the end of 1990.
At his new club, Michael was considered to be one of the most promising young players in the country and consequently was selected to join the FAís School of Excellence at Lilleshall. Michael valued his time here immensely and blossomed under the direction of head coach Keith Blunt. Playing alongside him at this level were Wes Brown, Michael Ball and Jon Harley, all of whom went on to play Premiership football. This intense soccer-training programme was invaluable to Michael, and he relished the opportunity to learn and improve every aspect of his game, both technically and mentally. Michaelís goal scoring continued for the England U15ís where he netted eleven goals in seven games. His success was recognised when he was selected to play in the FA Youth Cup for Liverpool at the age of 16, unusual for a player so young. Michael had a blistering run of goals, scoring two in the fourth round and a hat trick in the next round to knock-out defending champions Manchester United. He scored three times in the two semi- final legs and went on to lift the 1996 FA Youth Cup final when he scored in the final in front of 20,000 fans. At the same time, Michael also managed to pass all of his 10 GCSE exams.
Nearing the end of his time at Lilleshall, it was time for Michael to consider his professional future. Although a bond had been established with Liverpool, his father believed it would be advisable to accept a few invitations to visit other clubs to extend his education. Michael visited Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, meeting Alex Ferguson, Glenn Hoddle and George Graham on the way as well as looking at Oldham, Norwich, Man City and Everton. Liverpool however stood out from the crowd, mainly due to the three youth coaches Michael had previously worked with, Steve Highway, Hughie McCauley and Dave Shannon. Michael signed a professional contract for Liverpool on his seventeenth birthday in December 1996 and only five months later he would be appearing in the Liverpool first team.