A TALENTED team of ex-Lyndon School footballers were given the full Wembley experience after qualifying for the FA Umbro Fives Finals last weekend.
Just like the Steven Gerrard’s and Wayne Rooney’s of this world, Deportivo were taken to the world-famous venue by the England team coach, given access to change in the home dressing room and entered the field to the national anthem.
Coached by veteran John Beadsworth - also a former Lyndon pupil - the local lads got off to a flying start with a 3-0 win over Kernow Rovers.
Star man Paul Beadsworth set up Dave Sheldon for the opener before Andy Sadler doubled their lead from the penalty spot.
Pete Beadsworth wrapped up the win but Deportivo were knocked out when they lost 1-0 to eventual winners Daily Stars.
Lee Pledger said the day, which was hosted by BBC’s Ray Stubbs, Garth Crooks and Steve Claridge was an adventure he will never forget.
“What an experience. It was such a special day and during the national anthem I was almost in tears.”
Anthony Adcock went as far as saying it was the “greatest day of his life” while Birmingham & District AFA Premier League winner Ryan Long was quick to praise the hallowed turf which the England team graced only two weeks ago.
“It was like playing on a carpet out there, I loved every minute of it,” said the Shirley ace.
Captain Pete Beadsworth admitted that it would be even harder to qualify for next year’s event but vowed to come back bigger and stronger next time around.