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Thursday, 13 March 2014
Having won the local Primary Schools' Football Championship back in January, the Bolton School Junior Boys’ Year 6 football team today took part in and won the Northern final of the Football League Trust Kids’ Cup! The competition was made up of winning primary school teams from across the northern half of the country who then represented Football League Championship teams. The Junior Boys represented Bolton Wanderers and found themselves up against primary schools representing Burnley, Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town. The other two leagues comprised of teams representing Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers. The matches were played out on the astroturf at Bolton Wanderers’ Eddie Davies Football Academy in front of a large crowd of parents.
The boys progressed in 2nd place from a very close league after beating Burnley 1-0, drawing with Huddersfield Town 1-1 and losing to Wigan 2-1. Jameson Goloba and Luca Williams-Denton (2) netted for the Bolton team.
Progression from the league meant the boys were pitched against Sheffield Wednesday in the Quarter Final and they ran out comfortable winners at 5-1. Overcoming Doncaster 3-1 in the Semi-Final, meant they were up against Burnley in the final, who they had already beaten once in the group stage. In a closely fought game, the boys ran out winners 2-0, which makes them champions of the North and secures a trip to Wembley where they will play the Southern winners before the Championship Play-Off Final on 24 May.
Mr Mike Duxbury, the boys’ Football Coach and former Manchester United and England player, said: “It really was a case of starting slowly and then the further we went, the better we played. It goes without saying that the boys are now so excited about Wembley and the chance to play on the pitch before the play-off final!”
Today’s event was organised by BWFC Community Trust and Bolton Schools’ Sports Partnership with the games being refereed by players from Wanderers’ International Soccer School.
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