29th May 2017
Cedarwood at Wembley…what an unbelievable experience!!
We departed from Cedarwood School on Sunday lunchtime; the children (and adults) full of hope, nerves and excitement. We made good time and the children’s excitement grew as they first set their eyes on the iconic Wembley arch.
The children enjoyed a swim at the hotel before devouring a hot buffet at the on-site restaurant and making their way to their rooms for a good night’s sleep.
A lovely breakfast was tentatively eaten as nerves began to show before the EFL representatives escorted us for a walk up Wembley Way. Photos in front of the arch and in front of Bobby Moore statue were taken and the boys felt more reassured when Mr Stroud, together with Governors Robin Spittle and Marcus Kwan, came to wish the boys well before we entered the stadium.
The tour went by in a flash and the boys, although thoroughly blown away by what the stadium had to offer, clearly had their minds on the game. We were treated to an enormous dressing room (a replica of the main ones) complete with neon lights and the boys wasted no time in getting changed and warming up in preparation.
Waiting in the tunnel was a tense moment but the boys soon made their way onto the hallowed turf to complete the formalities of coin toss and handshakes.
Despite having the kick off, Cedarwood soon found themselves one nil down after the Derby striker skilfully tucked the ball away after a quick break away. Cedarwood then dominated for the majority of the game, having numerous efforts on goal blocked or diverted wide. Davie Goffin hit the post shortly before Derby broke away to score their second goal with only their second real shot on target. Quick thinking from Reuben Swann saw his long distance effort sail straight in from kick off, reducing the arrears and giving us a little hope, but alas, it was too late.
Tears flowed as the final whistle sounded but the lads can be extremely proud of their efforts on the pitch and they conducted themselves superbly off it.
This once in a lifetime opportunity was simply unforgettable and the boys did themselves, their families and the school immensely proud.
Thank you and well done boys!