SCHOOLBOYS have done Oxford City FC proud after playing at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

As reported in Friday's Oxford Mail, the under-11s team at St Philip and St James’ CE Primary School in Jericho

made it into the final of the U11 National League Cup


The match took place at Wembley in London on Saturday, and although the team lost 1-0, it was nonetheless a dream experience for the young footballers.

They represented Oxford City FC, and wore kits provided by the club.

Oxford City manager Mark Jones and football development manager Ryan Gurton travelled with them to offer their support.

A post shared by Oxford City on its Sport in the Community twitter page said: "What an experience for Phil & Jim primary school.

"Unfortunately losing 1-0 in the final but every single player was absolutely amazing.

"We are all very proud of you all."


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The school's team earned a spot in the final after winning the southern leg of the competition, while their opposition - representing Solihull Moors in the West Midlands - had won the northern tournament.

Last week they got to hone their skills at Oxford United's training ground, and received tips in person from manager Karl Robinson, who led a training session.

Pavana Pillai, whose son Akul played in the match, said on Friday that the trip to Wembley would be the 'the experience of a lifetime' for the boys, whatever the result.

Solihull Moors posted on its community Twitter page: "Great achievement from both team regardless of result.

"Experience to live with them for life."