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The next big thing in English football sits down, tugs at his baseball cap and talks about the enjoyment of being in the play-offs. Enjoyment? Nail-biting, gut-wrenching, nerve-shredding torment more like. But he's 17. And Dean Bowditch, 18 in June, is ripping up records as quickly as he tears past opponents.

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"LET IT snow, let it snow, let it snow'. I can't remember which of this century's great Christmas lyricists was blessed with the inspiration for this uplifting refrain. But, as it wafted tinnily from the ceiling of my local branch of Homebase this week, I was moved heartily to concur.

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