Burnley school football team reaches national final

Young footballers from Burnley’s Blessed Trinity RC are just one match away from something that has never been done before.

The Year 10 team from the secondary have reached the final of the English Schools Football Cup – and are bidding to be the first team from Burnley to lift the cup.

Victorious year 10 football team at Blessed Trinity who have reached the English Schools Cup Final.'Photo Ben Parsons

Victorious year 10 football team at Blessed Trinity who have reached the English Schools Cup Final.'Photo Ben Parsons

Having already created history by being the first team in 20 years to reach the national final stage they want to go one better and bring the famous silverware back to Blessed Trinity.

Wins against teams from Liverpool, Leeds, Bradford, Allerdale, Bury, Rochdale and Knowsley scoring 38 goals along the way and conceding only seven saw them into the semi final and a trip to Telford in Shropshire to play Thomas Telford School – who the Burnley boys despatched 4-2.

Manager and former St Theodore’s old boy James MacMahon said: “From day one these boys have carried on the great football traditions set in place by St Theodore’s teams of past, playing with pride and passion.

“A lot of the boys’ parents were Ted’s lads and the nickname seems to have stuck. As a new college Blessed Trinity have already started to show this same passion for the game – and hopefully we will be the first school in the town to win this prestigious trophy and start our own history.”

The boys are now waiting to see who their opponents will be in the final which will be held at Derby County’s Pride Park on May 15th. The school is hoping to make the day one to remember and is offering all Year 7-10 pupils and staff a chance to go and watch the game.