26 May 2007
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Congratulations to Queensqate School on winning the FA Community Cup.
The eight-strong year six football team from Queensgate primary school in Bramhall did Stockport proud on Saturday at the fabulous new Wembley Stadium.
Representing Stockport County, Queensgate won the Football League Under-11s Community Cup final in front of around 20,000 fans at Wembley after beating their Milton Keynes counterparts 3-1.
Having battled through numerous qualifying rounds to reach the Wembley final, Queensgate went 1-0 down early in Saturday’s game against Stanhope School, but they fought back superbly to secure a victory that none of the boys will ever forget.
The match took place an hour before the League Two play-off final between Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town, which in the end was watched by a bumper crowd of 61,000.
It was a dream day out for Queensgate though, and their coach Paul Hardy.
Stockport County’s Football in the Community boss Mike Smith escorted the Queensgate party to Wembley. He told us: "What a fantastic day everyone had, and for the boys to go on and win the cup was just a brilliant achievement.
"It was a memorable performance, and one that all the boys will remember for the rest of their lives."
Along the way to their cup final, Queensgate beat teams representing Bury, Wrexham, Macclesfield Town, Rochdale, Notts County, Grimsby Town, Lincoln City, Darlington and Hartlepool United.