Samuel Barlow School have successfully defended their title of the John Radford Trophy, topping the final league table by four clear points, following last Thursday’s (4th April) final at the RH Academy.
The Clipstone based Primary School’s success means they’ve now won the competition three times, having first won it in 2015 and again in 2018.
Success was far from easy as Samuel Barlow’s year four & five pupils faced stern opposition from Holly Primary, Mapplewells and Greenwood Primary who all secured their places in the final via the qualifying groups.
Playing each other twice in a league format on a cold, wet and windy night – the four schools competed in high spirits, all eager to get their hands on the trophy, with only four points separating the top two sides.
Community Manager Gary Shaw said “This year’s competition has really raised the bar with the standard of football played, I think the more years the tournament is played, the more children hear about it through their school and their previous experiences – Samuel Barlow are prime example of year after year, putting a team out that pushes to seal the crown.
“I’ve been really pleased this year with the way schools have responded to the format and venue change, I think everyone understands now that by moving venue [to the RH Academy] we can have more teams enter to improve the competition, but also give teams more game time.
“Congratulations to Samuel Barlow who took the crown for the third time in the competitions six year history, and commiserations and well done to Mapplewells, Greenwood and Holly who all gave a good account of themselves and made it the most competitive final to date.”
The Pupils will be presented with the Trophy by Mansfield Town FC Chairman John Radford and CEO Carolyn Radford at a date to be arrange in a special assembly after the Easter Holiday’s, where the pupils will also receive winners medals from Football in the Community as the Trophy is presented to the players in front of the school.
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