From delivering post during Euro 2012 to playing in Euro 2016 for ex-St Ives Town star Conor Washington

Conor Washington came on as a substitute in Northern Ireland's opening fixture at Euro 2016. Picture

Conor Washington came on as a substitute in Northern Ireland's opening fixture at Euro 2016. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Former St Ives Town striker Conor Washington’s footballing fairytale now has a new chapter.

Washington received his first taste of Euro 2016 football yesterday when sent on as a substitute midway through the second half of Northern Ireland’s 1-0 defeat against Poland in their Group C opener in Nice.

Washington was working as a postman and playing for Saints in the United Counties League when the last European Championships took place four years ago.

Since the 24 year-old, an ex-St Ivo School pupil, has risen from Step 5 of the non-league system to the international game.

He earned his fourth cap for Northern Ireland - a country he is eligible to represent through a grandmother - yesterday.

His side are in action again on Thursday when they face Ukraine in their next group game.