(From Leicester Mercury)
He will soon be saving the world from Daleks - but it could have all been so different for the new Doctor Who.
Ten years ago, Matt Smith was a promising young footballer who was signed to Leicester City's youth academy.
It was only when a back injury ended his football career that he turned to acting - and, ultimately, one of the top jobs in television.
Leicester City Academy manager Jon Rudkin has fond memories of his former pupil.
He said: "Matt was a smashing young lad who could have had a big future in the game if it had not been for a back injury cutting his attempts to become a professional short when …