Ollie Watkins - 'our shining example of making a dream come true'

Mum and son

Ollie and his biggest fan, mum Delsi May - Credit: Submitted

Ollie Watkins’ rise to international football stardom is an example of how any youngster from South Devon can achieve their dreams.

The Torquay-born star was the first Exeter City graduate to play for England since Cliff Bastin in 1938 when he made his debut against San Marino in March, and he scored!

Ollie made 99 appearances for the Grecians, scoring 28 goals before his £1.8 million move to Brentford followed by another transfer for £28 million to Premier League Aston Villa.

He was born in Torbay Hospital and grew up in Teignbridge and was educated at Decoy Primary School in Newton Abbot and then South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton.

At a full meeting of Teignbridge Council, councillors were full of praise for the 25-year-old whose mother is Delsi May, otherwise well-known as South Devon-based professional singer Ruby Washington, who talked exclusively to the Torbay Weekly after Ollie's sensational England debut just a few weeks ago.

Council chairman John Petherick started the meeting by issuing ‘congratulations to Ollie.

Cllr Gordon Hook added: “Even coming from Devon, you can reach the very top in any given profession or pursuit, and Ollie Watkins is a success by any standard.

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“Quite obviously he is a very good footballer and from my limited knowledge a good role model, and by that I mean he isn’t a play-actor, he doesn’t fall over in a puff of wind trying to con referees.

“He is a loyal team man and he gives it his best and is a 100 per cent trier. He is an admirable role model for aspiring youngsters. Let’s celebrate achievement and say to every youngster to dream your dream, aspire to achieve, and if you aim for the sun and only hit the moon, you will have done your best. Local Ollie Watkins did it from Devon and so can you.”

Cllr Richard Daws said: “I have some experience with Ollie directly when he was running a training event at Exeter City where he was the star striker and the treasured photograph we have in our house is the award he gave our daughter."