Eddies Make Football History in the Town
6 June 2017
Thursday 25th May 2017, will go down as a day where Wigan Schools football history was made, and we could not think of any better venue than the DW Stadium in Wigan to host such an event. For the first time, St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School had all five year teams represented in the Wigan Schools finals. The whole day and experience was brilliant and one that the pupils, staff and parents will remember for a lifetime.
Our Year 11 team had already secured the championship, going five years undefeated in Wigan Schools cup fixtures - a record never accomplished before. This game was held at Ashton Athletic Football Club earlier on in the month, beating St John Fisher 2-1.
Our first match was the Year 9 final, where our pupils were up against a very strong Hawkley Hall school side. In a very hard contest, our team came off second best, losing 3-1. The effort that all players put in could not be disputed, in what was one of their best performances to date.
This match was then followed by the Year 8 final, in which our school was playing Fred Longworth. A great game to watch, with our team being victorious with a 3-0 win, and our very own Declan O'Shaughnessy being awarded 'Man of the Match'.
The penultimate match saw our Year 10 boys in action against previous rivals Golborne High School. These teams have played each other many times before, in some very hard fought games, and this was no exception. St Edmund Arrowsmith recorded the win, beating Golborne 2-1, with Sam Birch being named as 'Man of the Match'.
The last game of the day was our Year 7 team, new to Wigan schools football competitions, but raring to go. Our opponents were Golborne High School, and just like every other encounter with this school, a tough game played in the best spirit possible. This match saw our school securing its fourth Wigan Schools championship this year with a 3-1 win - with Rhys Thomas being named 'Man of the Match'.
This achievement has been an accumulation of hard work from all involved: players, staff and supporters. Through this hard work and great attitude, it has resulted in what was an exceptional day of football. We would like to take this time to thank the Wigan Schools Football Committee, especially Paul Santus, (St Peter’s High School) for organising the day. A massive thank-you to the staff at the DW Stadium for allowing us to play at their venue, which we hope to play at again in the finals in the near future.
As a school, we are very proud of the pupils and staff. Their approach, attitude and time that goes into the training and fixtures does not go unnoticed, and we are delighted to reward the pupils with such an amazing experience.
by Mr D Morgan, Head of P.E.