Redmond leads 'Next 20' as Premier League begins
Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ initiative involves 20 young players from across the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Women’s Super League, who represent the organisation as ambassadors and help to spread the key messages of equality and inclusion.
Ross Hobart provides the latest update from the 2016-17 season, as our ambassadors begin their campaigns on the pitch.
Nathan Redmond scored on his competitive debut for Southampton as they drew 1-1 with Watford at St Marys. Etienne Capoue struck early in the first half to put the Hornets ahead, only for Redmond to equalise just before the hour mark, with a smart left-foot volley from Dusan Tadic’s corner.
Callum Wilson started for Bournemouth in their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, but was replaced midway through the second-half. Goals from Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimović had put Jose Mourinho’s side three up, before Adam Smith netted a consolation for the Cherries.
Ben Davies was an unused substitute as Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 away at Everton. Ross Barkley’s wicked free-kick crept in the far post to put the Toffees in front, before Erik Lamela glanced in Kyle Walker’s cross to earn Spurs a point.
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku missed the game against Spurs due to a heel injury, while Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland was ruled out of their opener against Middlesbrough after suffering a minor setback in his rehabilitation.
In the Championship, Romaine Sawyers completed 90 minutes for Brentford as they beat Ipswich Town 2-0 at Griffin Park, thanks to John Egan’s quick-fire double. Egan headed in the opener three minutes after half-time before pouncing upon a loose ball in the box to double the Bee’s lead and secure their first league win of the season.
Jamaal Lascelles featured in Newcastle United’s 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield Town, with Jack Payne grabbing the winning goal for the Terriers eight minutes from time.
Jason Lowe played for Blackburn Rovers as they suffered their second straight league defeat, losing 3-0 to Wigan Athletic after goals from Will Grigg, Nick Powell and an owl goal from Shane Duffy.
In League One, MK Dons fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Millwall at Stadium MK. Tony Craig and David Worrall put the Lions into a commanding lead, only for Dons debutant Kieran Agard to score a brace to level the score line. Daniel Powell completed 90 minutes for Karl Robinson’s side.
Down in League Two, Wycombe Wanderers scored in stoppage time through Anthony Stewart to secure a 2-1 victory over Grimsby Town at Adams Park. Michael Harriman featured for the Chairboys in their first league win of the campaign.
Danny Rose managed 70 minutes for Mansfield Town as they drew 1-1 with National League champions Cheltenham Town. Mitch Rose had opened the scoring for the Stags, but his strike was cancelled out by Daniel O’Shaughnessy’s long-range stunner for the visitors.
Rangers secured their first Scottish Premiership victory since May 2012 with a hard fought 2-1 win at Dundee. First-half goals from Harry Forrester and Kenny Miller put Mark Warburton’s side into a commanding position. Wes Foderingham played 90 minutes for the away side, but was unable to prevent Mark O’Hara reducing the deficit just before the break.