Down Memory Lane: What ever happened to these likely lads?
THESE three Nottingham Forest youngsters appeared to have the world at their feet when they graduated from the FA School of Excellence in 1992.
The trio – Danny Hinshelwood, Richard Smith and Justin Walker – had all played for England and looked destined for great things. Between them, they had represented England on 32 occasions. Twenty-one years on, how did they fare in the game?
Hinshelwood played 12 times for the England U16s and later won four England youth caps, playing in the European Youth Championships.
But his main claim to fame at the City Ground was that he used to take Brian Clough's dog for a walk.
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"My first year at Forest was his last year," he said. "But it was brilliant, he loved the kids.
"That year the youth team did the league and cup double. Before his last game in charge, he got us to run round for a lap of honour and he kissed every one of us in the tunnel."
After four years at Forest, Hinshelwood left for Portsmouth on a free and had short spells at Brighton and Torquay before dropping out of the professional game with a meagre 18 League appearances to his name.
At 24, he became one of the youngest senior manager's in the country when he took over at Selsey in 2004.
Nottingham-born Walker also found his chances limited during five years at the City Ground despite being part of the England set-up.
"It was great playing for England, it's what boys dream of," said Walker. "I played at Wembley three times and no-one can take those memories away from me.
"When Frank Clark left things changed. Looking back you think 'Was I good enough?' Probably not."
Walker failed to make a first-team appearance and joined Brian Laws at Scunthorpe, for a small fee, in 1997.
"I enjoyed it at Scunthorpe," said Walker. "Although I hardly got a kick for the first couple of weeks. Welcome to the real world.
"To be truthful, I was just happy to still be involved because good players I had been with in the youth team had dropped out of the game."
After over 130 League appearances, he teamed up with another ex-Red Alan Buckey at Lincoln City.
He played in the 1988-89 Division Three play-off final against Orient at Wembley.
After two years at Sincil Bank he was released due to financial difficulties and moved to the other end of the country with Exeter. But his solitary season with the Grecians ended with relegation.
Unlucky Walker was also relegated with Cambridge United and completed an unwelcome treble, when York went out of the League in 2003-04.
Incredibly, it was almost four at Chester City, but they staged a late recovery and managed to avoid the dreaded drop.
Walker was released in 2006 and moved closer to home with Ilkeston Town. Two years later he joined Nigel Jemson, at FC Halifax Town.
"I finally got fed up of living out of a car boot," said Walker. "The travelling was killing me, so I played part-time while I got a teaching degree."
Walker, who lives in Moorgreen, is currently enjoying life, working at Derby County's Academy.
He still keeps in touch with former Burton Albion player Smith, who works in Derby.