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Friday, 07 May 2010
Over forty teams from primary schools from Bolton and as far
away as Preston, Manchester, Wigan and Leigh took part in the
Crusader Cup, a five-a-side tournament organised and hosted by
Teams competed in three competitions: an A League, a B League
and a Girls' League.
Initial group matches were played to decide which teams would go
through to the knockout stages for the chance to fight it out for a
place in the final. Despite gloomy skies, the weather held
out and boys, girls and parents enjoyed playing and watching some
The Girls' League concluded first and saw St Paul's Astley
Bridge overcome St Thomas Canterbury, 3-0. The B League
was won by Sacred Heart, who beat Horwich Parish 3-1 in their
final. The winners of the A League were St Philips who, in a
closely contested final, edged a victory over Johnson Fold
The event is ordinarily organised by Bolton School's Director of
Coaching and ex-Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper, Keith Branagan, but
this year he was unavailable due to a knee injury. Mr Rich
and Mr Prentki gallantly stepped up and ran the competition along
with the help of the School's Year 11, 12 and 13 football teams.
Mr Rich handed over the trophy to the winners and said: "I
can honestly say that I have witnessed some fantastic football this
afternoon and watching the winning celebrations one sees how
seriously these primary school pupils take their football!
I'd like to offer a massive thank you to our own lads too, who have
selflessly dedicated their free time and helped make the running of
this event possible."
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