Moorland School from Clitheroe, Lancashire, have beaten the odds yet again to reach another national final. Moorland School’s U13 team have battled through six tough encounters to reach the final, to be staged at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium on Thursday 2nd of March (1.15pm KO).
Moorland has long had a reputation for upsetting the odds in national football tournaments. Indeed, Moorland won the ISFA U16 Shield in 2014, along with the Lancashire Cup in the same year. Last season (2015-2016) Moorland reached the final of the ESFA U12 Trophy, held at Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium.
The latter represents a remarkable achievement for a school of Moorland’s size (210 students in total). With a total of around 15 boys in each year group to choose from, Moorland’s Head of Football Development Charlie Jackson, has proven time and again that quality is more important than quantity. Charlie is a Lead Development Coach for Manchester City FC, as well as being a Regional Centre of Excellence Coach for the Scottish FA. The Manchester City and Scottish FA Regional Centres are based at Moorland School.
Moorland School also boast an official link to Blackburn Rovers Football Club and their Category 1 Academy. Therefore, Moorland has a number of boys on the books of Blackburn Rovers Academy.
These links underpin the quality of the Moorland Football Academy and the success on the pitch of the Moorland School team. Moorland are proud to represent ISA in such prestigious tournaments.
Reaching the final of the ISFA Cup has been a wonderful achievement for our U13s this year. Naturally, we hope to go one better and win the tournament when we contest the final at Burton Albion on March 2nd. Moorland has had to beat some big hitters to reach the final and it has been an emotional rollercoaster along the way.
The Preliminary Round saw Moorland overcome the might of Bolton School 7-4 away. Round 1 then witnessed Moorland triumph over Grange School 8-0 at home. Moorland then went on to beat Birkdale School comprehensively 8-0, again at home. Round 3 brought Moorland School and Grammar School at Leeds together, Moorland running out deserved 5-1 winners. The Quarter Final was a battle between Prestfelde and Moorland in Shropshire, with Moorland outclassing their opponents 4-0 on the day. Moorland then clinched their place in the final with a classy display to beat Shrewsbury House from Surrey 5-1. A remarkable journey for the Moorland boys that will conclude in Burton!
Moorland School are also registered to compete in the Gothia Cup in July 2017. The Gothia Cup is the World’s biggest and most prestigious youth cup competition. Moorland would love to go to Gothenburg already with a national trophy in their cabinet!
Written by Carl Lightbown