The National League Trust Cup is a football tournament aimed at Spireites Partner Primary Schools which offers the opportunity to potentially play at Wembley Stadium. The school representing Chesterfield FC in the tournament was Killamarsh St Giles Primary School, after winning our Partner School tournament held in December at Outwood Academy Newbold. After winning the local tournament, the team went to Tamworth FC to compete in the regional finals. After a close group stage, the boys went through to the semi-finals and won 1-0 to set up a final against Solihull Moors representatives. Tense isn’t the word for the final, a 0-0 draw meant a penalty shoot-out ensued, with Chesterfield FC taking it 3-1 on spot kicks!
After winning this, Chesterfield FC player Sam Wedgbury went to their school to present their trophies and certificates for progressing to the Northern Finals, knowing winning their games at Bradford would lead to a spot at Wembley!
In the first game, they were drawn against Halifax, where a tight 1-0 victory occurred for Chesterfield. Their second game ended in a 2-0 defeat to York City, followed by a win and a draw, meaning a nervous wait to see if they had qualified for the semi-finals…which they did! The boys did themselves, the School and the Club proud, but unfortunately lost 1-0 in the cruellest way, a last minute winner.
Mr Davy, from Killamarsh St Giles said, “We are so proud of the St Giles boys. They played amazingly well and deserve the success they had. Each of them have a bright future ahead of them. Well done boys!”. Darren Parkinson, the Kids Cup Co-ordinator from Chesterfield FC Community Trust said, “It’s been a fantastic journey with all of the ups and downs that football can throw out you. The boys have given everything and done themselves, the School and the Football Club proud”.