Two schools progress to John Radford Trophy Final

Holly Primary School and Mapplewells Primary School have booked their place in this seasons John Radford Trophy final, after progressing through qualifying Group A at the RH Academy last night.

The long running trophy has taken on a new format this season to accommodate more game time for Primary School Children, with schools having to battle it out in three qualifying groups spread across two dates at the RH Academy – the first time the complex has hosted the competition.

Entering schools have been split into the three qualifying groups playing for the four spaces in the grand finale, with the number of progressing teams from each group arranged by school availability – with two teams progressing from Group A (played last night) and one team from Groups B and C which will both take place on Thursday 28th March.

Group A consisted of Holly Primary School, King Edwin Primary and Mapplewells Primary with the teams taking each other on twice, seeing Holly Primary narrowly top the group with a 1-0 victory over second placed Mapplewells, who also progressed, in the evening’s final match.

Community Manager & PL Primary Stars lead Gary Shaw said “This season’s competition has been really popular once again which has allowed us to move the tournament up to the excellent RH Academy and provide more game time which has been of the upmost priority for us this academic year.

“The area has lots of young Stags fans and as soon as they hear the Chairman’s name they up their game! We’ve already seen the biggest number of entrants we’ve ever had for the EFL Under 11s kids cup which is the same age group and we’re well on course to achieve that again with the JR Trophy and future competitions.

“Yet again we’ve seen some really good football on show within the new format of qualifying groups and it’s been played in really good spirits – I’m sure the final will be just as competitive as will qualifying group B and C next week. Well done to all involved.”


King Edwin 0-2 Mapplewells
King Edwin 1-1 Holly
Mapplewells 0-1 Holly
Mapplewells 4-1 King Edwin
Holly 0-0 King Edwin
Mapplewells 0-1 Holly


John Radford Trophy 2018/19 Qualifying Group A
Holly 4 2 2 0 3 0 3 8
Mapplewells 4 2 0 2 6 4 2 6
King Edwin 4 0 2 2 2 7 -5 2