On Thursday 16th May 2013 Bishop Walsh under 15s football team will travel to Villa Park for
the second time in two years after making it to another Birmingham schools cup final. The Under 15s repeated last year’s impressive feat by beating Lyndon School, Solihull 3-1 in an away leg and 2-0 in a home leg to progress 5-1 on aggregate. This notable achievement has also been accompanied by retaining the Sutton Coldfield schools football league title this year and making their way to the final of the local Sutton Coldfield schools Cup too. After two pieces of silverware last year the team are determined to go one better this year and win all three competitions. The Birmingham schools football cup, named the Aston Villa Charity Cup at Under 15s level, was established in 1887 and has only been won once in the past by Bishop Walsh in 1971.
Looking to break a 42 year run without winning this Bishop Walsh team have had an extraordinary record this year, with sixteen games played so far, they have won all sixteen! In fact the team remains unbeaten at home in nearly four years! Their success in the local Sutton Coldfield schools cup also means a journey to Aston Villa’s training ground at Bodymoor Heath. This was accomplished after an impressive 3-1 victory at home to Great Barr.
The manager of the team and head of year, Mr O’Rourke commented, “This has been an incredible achievement by the boys, they are all very committed, talented and most of all they work hard as a team. I am very proud of them.”