Junior Boys a Step Nearer to Wembley
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Bolton School Junior Boys’ Year 6 football team has won the local Primary School Football Championship. The boys’ team beat Blackrod Church Primary School 5-1 in the semi-final and found themselves up against Egerton in the final, who had overcome Eagley 2-1 in the other semi. The matches were played out on the astroturf at Bolton Wanderers’ Eddie Davies Football Academy.
The Junior Boys’ team was in fine form and eased to a 3-1 unassailable half-time lead. The second half was closer but Bolton ran out winners by 5 goals to 2 with Piers Barker-Smith, Jameson Goloba (2), Luca Williams-Denton and Cian McDermott all netting. Eagley overcame Blackrod 2-1 in the Third and Fourth Place off game and all matches were refereed by Year 10 boys from Bolton School.
As winners, the Junior Boys will go on to represent Bolton Wanderers Football Club in the Football League Trust Kids’ Cup. This competition is held annually, between teams chosen to represent championship clubs through local competitions, such as the Primary School Football Championship. This year, there are a number of prestigious clubs taking part in the regional competition alongside Bolton Wanderers: Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Burnley, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forrest, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic. Each club will send their team to the regional competition, which will be hosted by Bolton Wanderers at the Eddie Davis Academy in March. The North regional winner will progress to compete in the final against the South regional winner in May at Wembley Stadium!
Over 40 schools in the Bolton area competed in this football knockout, which was organised by the Bolton Schools' Sports Partnership. Those teams who were knocked out in earlier rounds will get the chance to return to Bolton School in February for the first round of the Plate competition.