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Friday, 13 June 2014
It has now been three weeks since the Junior Boys’ Kids’ Cup Final win at Wembley Stadium, and the team are still enjoying celebrity status in school and at home!
“It was brilliant,” said Jameson Goloba. “Especially the build up: the trip down, the overnight hotel, and the tour of the stadium! We got to go through the changing rooms and we saw all the players’ boots and t-shirts.”
Jameson was one of the three Bolton School goal scorers along with Joshua Stephenson and Cian Spencer-McDermott. The boys were delighted to re-live their memories from Wembley, and it is clear that this is something they will never forget.
“It was really good to score, but just to play there was amazing!” Josh said.
Cian added, “It’s great to think that there are some professional footballers who haven’t played at Wembley, and we’ve already played there and we’re only eleven!”
Josh’s dad Mark said, “Josh was lucky enough to score, but the whole team represented the school magnificently and that is the real story here. They are taught the importance of team work at school – and boy did they play like a team, every one of them.”
Like many of the parents who went to support the boys in the Kids’ Cup Final, Roger Diggle, whose son Harry made the first goal attempt of the match, is still buzzing too. “The whole thing was absolutely brilliant for everybody. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To have your boy play at Wembley is a dream come true! It really felt like the boys were part of the big Cup Final match. The Football League did a really good job of making them – and us, the team’s families – feel very special.”
For the SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final between QPR and Derby County, the boys were treated to comfortable VIP seats near to the managers, and were really close to the QPR dugout. As a result, when the match was over, a number of boys received items from players, including shirts and boots! There were plenty of autographs and selfies, too.
Afterwards, some of the QPR and Derby County fans were curious as to why the Bolton School team were kitted out in Bolton Wanderers gear. The Diggle family were some of the last to leave, and Roger ended up explaining the situation: that he had just watched his son play in the Kids’ Cup Final. One of the people he was talking to replied that he too had just watched his son play – and turned out to be none other than the father of QPR goalie Rob Green!
“It doesn’t matter that my boy played for fifteen minutes in the Kids’ Cup and his boy played for ninety minutes in the Cup Final,” Roger said. “He’s as proud as I am, it’s exactly the same.”
The boys and their parents are now looking forward to watching a professional recording of the game, which was filmed by the league, and re-living the amazing experience all over again!
Read more about the boys' Wembley victory here.
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