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Thursday, 27 November 2014
Teams from sixteen primary schools travelled to the Bolton Wanderers’ Eddie Davies Academy for the final stage of the local Primary School Football Championship. The numbers had already been whittled down by two previous group stages, leaving the best players to compete for the honour of representing Bolton Wanderers Football Club in the Football League Trust Kids’ Cup.
The Primary School Football Championship was organised by the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust. Bolton School Boys’ Division pupils volunteered their time to act as referees for the group stages, while BWCT staff stepped in for the final day of the competition.
The schools taking part in the final group stage were:
Bolton School Junior Boys
Claypool Primary School
Eagley Junior School
Heathfield Primary School
Horwich Parish School
Lever Edge Primary Academy
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams
Sharples Primary School
St Bartholomew’s Church of England Primary School
St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School
St James’s Church of England Primary School, Farnworth
St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School
St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School, Little Lever
St Matthews Church of England Primary School
St Thomas Golborne Church of England Junior and Infant School
After an afternoon of high-quality football, the top four teams who would go on to compete in the semi-finals were announced. Eagley Juniors were to face Heathfield Primary, while St John’s pupils played against the Bolton School Junior Boys.
The semi-finals were closely contested with the boys giving of their best. Eventually, the Bolton School boys won with a score of 3-1. The Eagley team also won their semi-final match with a score of 3-2.
Therefore, in a dramatic replay of last year’s final, the Bolton School team was once again to play Eagley for the opportunity to represent BWFC in the Kids’ Cup.
With parents cheering from the sidelines and everything to play for, both teams took to the pitch for the final. Eagley won the toss and kicked off the match. Both teams performed extremely well and the game was very close and evenly matched throughout. The spectators gasped and groaned as each team made multiple attempts at scoring, only for the ball to be narrowly saved by the keepers, or knocked off course by defending players.
It was the Eagley side which managed the first goal of the final in the first half. However, in the second half, the Bolton School team managed to turn the tide of the game and emerged victorious with a score of 2-1.
They were delighted to raise the trophy after the match, and are now looking forward to playing as representatives of Bolton Wanderers in the Kids’ Cup.
The rest of the teams will return to face each other in the Plate competition in the New Year.
For the Bolton School boys, their next challenge will be the Kids’ Cup Northern tournament. If they are successful and manage to beat the opposition, they may well find themselves following in the footsteps of last year’s team and competing against the Southern winners at Wembley in the final!
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