Shelton making big strides
By PAUL ANDRE-WALKER, Staff Reporter from Jamaica-Star
Wolmer's Luton Shelton (centre) tries to shoot the ball
past Ascot's goalie Elvis Hart, while another Ascot player, Justin
Anderson,puts pressure on Shelton durng their Manning Cup game at
Wolmers's October 15,2002 - File
LUTON SHELTON OF Harbour View is a young forward to watch. At 17
he has already shown the ability to be a winner and the requisite
maturity to be a star. As a student of Suthermere Preparatory, Luton
started playing football as an afterthought. His first inclination
was towards the track.
At Suthermere, his pace on the football field led him to 28 goals
in the Alberga Cup for Prep schools and he has never looked back.
Since his 1998 exploits at Suthermere he has gone on to win the
Under-14 and Minor League Under-16 competitions with Harbour View
Football Club. In 2001 he received an invitation to play with the
national Under-17 team and scored a memorable goal against the United
States in the World Cup qualifiers.
He has high praises for former Wolmer's Manning Cup coach Michael
Francis. He also speaks highly of Harbour View coach Ludlow Bernard,
who he credits for many of his successes to date. Luton spoke of
one of those moments, scoring a hat-trick in the Under-16 Minor
League final against Waterhouse. After leading Wolmer's to the Manning
Cup final last year, he has decided to take football to a more serious
level and play in this season's Wray and Nephew National Premier
When asked about the transition to the big stage he said it was
not difficult. "The only difference is now I play against opponents
that are just as hungry and as aggressive as I am," he said.
Luton has shown an affinity for playing at the highest level and
has proven himself to be an able strike partner for Fabian Taylor.
The talented teenager was recently invited to train with the national
Under-23 squad and said he wants to do well for his country. When
asked about the typical distractions that a seventeen year old goes
through Luton responded with a level of maturity rarely found in
one so young, he said he is level-headed. "I don't go out a
lot and I don't run around with many girls," he said. "I
have a girlfriend who I have a lot of respect for and I appreciate
the way she pushes me to do better all the time. "Right now
I have to concentrate on my career and nothing will distract me
from that." Luton was invited to try out with English Premier
league team Bolton Wanderers recently. He wasn't offered a contract
but there is no doubt that if he continues to improve,the sky's
the limit for him.