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Wembley win crowns a record season

WHAT this group of talented primary school footballers achieved this year will probably never be repeated.

WHAT this group of talented primary school footballers achieved this year will probably never be repeated.

Unbeaten in 28 competitive games, the Solihull district have won every single competition they have entered this year.

The remarkable success is something that will probably never happen again but for each of these individuals the memories will live long in their minds.

The squad of 15, which is selected from all the primary schools in the borough, topped off a faultless season last month when they beat Southampton 2-1 to win the national seven-a-side finals at Wembley Stadium.

St Anthony’s School striker Bailey Ralph was the hero as he notched two goals in the final which was a curtain-raiser for the England v France Under-18 International.

Beforehand Ryan Reidy, Brandon Hague and Reece Mitchel all scored in the run-up to the finals which saw Solihull beat Southampton, Sunderland and Brighton at Watford FC’s training academy in the earlier stages.

Overjoyed manager, John Reidy, was delighted with his side’s achievements and says the borough should be proud to have such local talent.

“This is a group of players that have an incredible amount of talent,” he said.

“It’s been a brilliant achievement to be part of and all of the squad that have played in any capacity have been a joy to work with.

“What makes it even better is that we’ve done it with a healthy mix of players from the north and south of the borough.”

It all started eight months ago when Reidy and coach John Connor had to cut 176 under-11’s down to just 15.

What the team went on to achieve was unthinkable as they became Wolverhampton, Midland and then National seven-a-side champions, West Midlands 11-a-side champions, and winners of the 11-a-side Witney Cup and Burton Shield.

 

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