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Old Boys Celebrate 100 Years of Football

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Mr Paul Griffiths, the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, and over 100 Old Boys helped Bolton School celebrate 100 years’ of competitive football at the School.  A celebration match between an Old Boltonians’ AFC XI and a select Old Boltonians’ XI ended in an honourable 2-2 draw and with reputations intact.  

In a fun afternoon, the current pupils were represented by Mathew Hart (current 1st XI Captain) and Callum Kay (1st team player and 1st XI cricket captain); the oldest player on show was Mike Hancock, who left the School in 1968.  Craig Jolly, captain of the Old Boltonians’ AFC 1st XI, captained one side and Tom Whittaker (vice-captain of the OBAFC 1st XI) the other.  Mike Duxbury, former Man Utd and England player and Sports Coach at Bolton School Junior Boys’ School also took part in the game, cheered on by, among others, Senior School Coach and former Wanderer’s legend Keith Branagan, Chairman of Governors, Mr Michael Griffiths and Girls’ Division Headmistress, Miss Sue Hincks.  

Harry Lane, President of the Old Boltonians’ AFC coached one team and Malcolm Stevens, President of the Old Boltonians’ Association coached the other. 

Headmaster Mr Philip Britton said: “It was a terrific afternoon that marked the occasion of the presentation of the Makant Cup by the High Sheriff of Lancashire at Prize Day in 1913. The cup has been played for annually in the Senior House Competition for 100 years.  Over that time the School has produced a significant number of quality amateur football players, with many going on to play professionally for Bolton Wanderers, Man Utd and other top teams. This is one of a series of events in our 'decade of centenaries' leading up to the centenary of the Foundation and the 500th anniversary of the school. So far we have celebrated centenaries as diverse as the chess and photography, to the first school flagpole! It is very clear the school has an enduring ethos across those years which is constantly acted out in the context of the times." 

With honours even, the Makant Cup was re-presented to Mathew Hart by the High Sheriff for continued future competition at the School. 

The event raised over £250 which will go towards the Old Boltonians’ Lee Pavilion at Turton Football Ground, which is now the oldest still in use football pitch in the UK.

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100 Year of football at Bolton School

Supporters and players pose for a photograph to celebrate 100 Years of competitive football at Bolton School - click on the photo to enlarge it

The game ended in an honourable 2-2 draw

The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester

The Sheriff of Greater Manchester is flanked by the two coaches, Harry Lane to his right and Malcolm Stevens to his left