Bolton School Senior Boys

National Football Champions!

Bolton School U13s football team has won the Rensburg Sheppards Independent Schools' Football Association (ISFA) Cup, beating Forest School from London, 2-1.

The final, which took place on Thursday 4 March at Burton Albion FC's ground, proved a nervy affair.  Bolton had secured a 2-0 lead by half-time with goals from Harry Stevenson and Nat Phillips and it could easily have been three or four.  However, their dominance waned in the second half and Forest pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to go.  It made for a tense last few minutes and there were some tired Bolton legs on this full size pitch but the boys held out for a deserved victory.

Coach, Dr Fraser Mullins, said: "This has been a tremendous team effort and over the course of the tournament we have had to count on each of the sixteen boys in the squad; they can be incredibly proud of themselves.  Today will have no doubt provided them with a lifelong memory.  It is certainly good preparation for our forthcoming tour to The Netherlands when we will play the Ajax Academy."

On their way to the final, the team had scored 28 goals and conceded none, beating King's Chester and The Grammar School at Leeds 6-0 and QEGS Blackburn 10-0 before beating Millfield Prep 6-0 in the Semi-Final.

The team was well supported on the day by the whole of Year 8 and approximately 40 parents.


The boys and their supporters celebrate

Team lines up

The team lines up ahead of the big game

The action

In the thick of the action