English Martyrs named Hartlepool Mail team of the year at schools awards

Hartlepool Mail Team of the Year, English Martyrs.

Hartlepool Mail Team of the Year, English Martyrs.

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A SCHOOL team who had won nothing for four seasons before sweeping the board in their final year have clinched more silverware.

English Martyrs Yr11 side were last night named as the Hartlepool Mail team of the year at the third staging of the Hartlepool Schools annual football awards. Martyrs pipped the gifted High Tunstall Yr10 side to the prestigious prize, which is sponsored by Drive Vauxhall.

Mail sports editor Roy Kelly said: “It’s the toughest choice the judges have had to make at these great awards. “All four nominees were out of the top drawer.

“Hartlepool Under 15s won in Amsterdam, which was a brilliant achievement, and High Tunstall’s Yr8s swept the board.

“But two teams stood out – Tunstall’s Yr 10s and the Yr11s of English Martyrs.

“High Tunstall were truly outstanding – they got to the last 16 of the English Schools FA cup as well as winning the Town league and cup.

“Martyrs Yr11s though had an incredible season – their team had won nothing before through their time in school.

“But they won the town eight-a-side without conceding a goal, took the town league with a 100 per cent record and then lifted the cup by beating Manor College on the Vic.

“The players and coaches deserve tremendous credit.”

SEE Tuesday’s Mail for full round-up of last night’s awards night