Boreham Wood footballer Greg Morgan rubbed shoulders with soccer's elite and lived the dream when he played the part of a Newcastle United star in the hit film Goal!

Greg, who turned 18 on September 31, the day the film was released, was selected as Kieron Dyer's main double the result of a chance meeting with the film's co-producer, Andy Ansah.

"If it wasn't for my little brother, I would never have been in the film," said Greg.

While watching a game featuring his 12-year-old brother, Anton, who recently signed for Arsenal, Greg was spotted by Ansah, who noticed his resemblance to the Newcastle midfielder. Soon afterwards Greg was working on the film set of Goal! the story of a Hispanic boy who ends up playing for Newcastle United in the final game of the English Premier League season.

"We went to Newcastle for a week to film," said Greg. "It was a lot of work but I loved every minute of it. It was an experience I'll never forget."

He appears in the movie alongside famous faces such as David Beckham, Alan Shearer and World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane.

Greg was filmed impersonating Dyer playing football and working out in the gym. He even had a small speaking part, asking the main character to pass him the ball during a match.

Asked what it was like coming face to face with the football star he was to be a double for, Greg said: "I look nothing like him but it's amazing what cameras can do.

"We were both shocked and we had a little laugh."

Even away from the silver screen, Greg, who lives in Croxdale Road, Borehamwood, is well known in his home town.

He signed with West Ham at 12 and trained with Wimbledon before moving to Boreham Wood FC. And while playing for Wood, Greg has come up against some of football's biggest names.

When Arsenal took on Wood in a friendly earlier this year, Greg found himself marking striker Jose Antonio Reyes.

"It was brilliant," he said. "It was nerves and excitement. I wanted to impress my coach and I wanted to do well for myself.

"But sometimes I felt a little startled, playing against World Cup heroes in front of a packed crowd. I have never played in front of so many people before. It was a great experience and I'm really enjoying playing with Wood.

"It's great to represent my town, the place I grew up in, and play first division football."

Greg has already come a long way, even though his career is still in its early stages. If determination is anything to go by, he is destined for further success on the playing field.

"My dream is to be a football player," he said. "And I'm willing to do what it takes to get there."