Why Reece James’ dad missed his record breaking moment against Ajax

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Chelsea youngster Reece James became Chelsea’s youngest ever Champions League scorer in the 4-4 draw against Ajax on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge.

Reece James’ dad, Nigel, missed his son’s record-breaking moment for Chelsea because he was coaching Hanworth Villa to a FA Youth Cup win vs Gillingham.

“There was about ten minutes to go in our game and Gillingham were pushing for an equaliser when there was a large cheer in the stands,” Nigel James told Daily Mail.

“I looked round and a load of our supporters were shouting to me that Reece had scored. I was so proud but I had to hold my concentration until the end.

“Thankfully, the boys held on and I left the other coaches in the dressing room to celebrate while one of the supporters allowed me to watch the end of Chelsea’s game on their iPhone.

“You could see what it meant to Reece. He’s been at Chelsea since he was six years old and when you have been with a club that long it’s like family. A lot of passion came out in that celebration.

“I spoke to him on the phone after had left the ground and he was absolutely over the moon.”

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