33 - Sam Hewson Profile
Born in Bolton, Hewson began his career at his local club, AFC Bolton, at the age of eight. He played two matches for the team before being spotted by Manchester United's youth scouts. He was then offered a place in the Manchester United Academy a year later, and started training with the club before he had even reached ten years of age.
Hewson started playing for the Manchester United under-17 team during the 2003–04 season, and scored in his second game. The following season, he only played one game for the under-18 side, in which he was substituted by Jamie Mullan. He signed a trainee contract with United in the summer of 2005, and became a regular in the under-18 team during the following season, playing in 28 matches including four in the FA Youth Cup. He also made his debut for the reserves on 26 September 2005, coming on as a substitute for Markus Neumayr against Newcastle United.
In 2006–07, Hewson was named as the captain of the Manchester United under-18 side, and made 26 appearances for the team, including eight appearances in the FA Youth Cup, his five goals helping United to the final, where they lost to Liverpool. The following season, he signed his first professional contract and became a regular in the reserve team, playing in 22 matches in all competitions. After being handed a first team squad number (43), he also received his first taste of first team action on 12 December 2007, when he was named as an unused substitute for United's final Champions League group stage match away to Roma. He also helped the reserve team to the finals of both the Manchester Senior Cup and the Lancashire Senior Cup, beating Bolton Wanderers in the former and Liverpool in the latter.
Despite being given a new first team squad number (33), he continued in the reserve team in 2008–09, and was ever-present in the side until January 2009, when he went on loan to Hereford United for three months. He made his Hereford debut in a 5–0 home win over Oldham Athletic on 17 January 2009, but was substituted in the 79th minute. He scored his first goal for Hereford in a 4–1 defeat to Stockport County. In the next game, he scored twice as Hereford beat Cheltenham 3–2.
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