18 May The Road to Goodison Park….
The time had finally come and at 9:30 on Monday 16th May we set off for Liverpool. The excitement levels from the team, the parents, Pete and myself were very high. After a 6 hour coach journey we arrived in a very sunny Liverpool and set…
The time had finally come and at 9:30 on Monday 16th May we set off for Liverpool. The excitement levels from the team, the parents, Pete and myself were very high.
After a 6 hour coach journey we arrived in a very sunny Liverpool and set off to explore the beautiful Albert Docks. Sammy and Ethan both met the fab 4 (or statues at least!) while the rest of the team discussed tactics and what they were going to have for dinner!
The Arsenal boys (James and Samir) then gave the team their kits and reality started to set in. We decided that an early night for all was best as we had a 6am start…
The hotel was buzzing on Tuesday morning – there were 5 other teams in the hotel, all dressed in their clubs strip and no longer were we Gillespie Primary School, we were Arsenal!
I’ll admit I had a lump in my throat arriving at the ground – and then tears in my eyes as Sammy led the team out of the tunnel onto the pitch with the premier league anthem playing.
In our group we had Tottenham, Chelsea, Newcastle and Bournemouth. Our first match was against Chelsea and the enormity of the occasion definitely hit the team. This wasn’t Market Road, this wasn’t AMSI, this was Goodison Park! We lost 2-0.
Next up we had Tottenham and the team played beautiful football. Tottenham had one lucky shot on target and won 1-0. This was a hard loss as we had most possession and played creatively.
We played Bournemouth next who were strong, physical and played attacking football. Ethan scored an outstanding goal but we couldn’t keep them out and lost 3-1.
For our final game against Newcastle it was decided that enjoyment needed to be the key – and that’s exactly what they did. Sammy scored a great goal and we drew 1-1.
In between matches, the team got some wonderful experiences. They had a samba drumming lesson in the directors box overlooking the pitch, they got a team photo with the premier league trophy in the first teams dressing room and Hetty became our very own Jamelia Vardy in an interview with the BBC.
I want to thank the team; Sammy, Hetty, Ethan, Ruby, Finn, Katie, James and Tyler for giving me the opportunity to be part of the competition. They are winners through and through and I was honoured to be with them. Thank you.