Friday 15th December 2017

The Road to Wembley for DNC

This is a live-blog following the trials, tribulations and many goals of our year 8 football team in the DNC2013 final in London!

Our boys will feature on Sky Sports 2 tonight at 6pm, be sure to tune in!

The Liverpool Echo have also been in touch and will be carrying a write up in next week's Junior Sport supplement on Tuesday which is great news.

Monday 9 September

Mr Forgie, England team coach popped into the BBC Radio Merseyside studios this evening to talk about the events of the last week live on the drive-time show.

Sunday 8 September

See a short video of all of the action on Saturday in London via the Daily Mail Website

Check out Our School Flickr Page for a gallery from the tournament (thanks to Pitch PR for the photos)

Saturday 7 September

England will be playing Russia today at Wembley, fingers crossed we get the same result as last time!

Mr Forgie, England team coach and Heenan PE teacher said first thing this morning: "As experiences go for 11 and 12 year old boys who live for football the DNC has got to be one of the greatest events ever. It's been an incredible journey and we're ready for the big finish. Bring on Wembley and Russia!"

As well as the football spectators enjoyed a special performance by dance group Diversity and had the chance to take part in a host of activities ranging from face painting, freestyler football demonstrations and interactive games for the whole family.

Follow all the highlights and results from Wembley online via the below channels:

On Facebook :
On Twitter : @danonenationcup / #DNC2013

Update: England won 3 - 0 against Russia in front of a lively home crowd to claim ninth place in the competition. After the France v Brazil final (which the French won on penalties) representatives from Danone presented a series of awards to players and Cardinal Heenan's own Bobby Duncan scooped 'Best Scorer' of the competition!

Friday 6 September

England's 1/8 final match first thing this morning was against the Netherlands. After some near misses and almost total domination by the home side the match ended 1 - 1 which triggered a penalty shootout. Despite a heroic effort England lost out to the Netherlands on penalties however it's still all to play for in the rankings and it's game on for England!

The team face down Spain 1 - 0 before lunch (goal by Duncan) and took on the Czech Republic at 4pm winning this match 3 - 0, scorers were Connell x1, Duncan x2, what a result!

Keep an eye on the rankings here -

Off the pitch the boys had the chance to take part in lots of activities and team captain Luca Connell even got to interview Danone ambassador and footballing legend Zinedine Zidane for CBBC's Match of the Day coverage of the event!

Update: England have played six games over the last two days, they won five and drew one (but lost on penalties). Our boys can certainly be proud of their professional conduct and the 17 goals they've clocked up, well done once again to:

Ethan Sansbury Maddox, Sam Clarke, Tom Williams, Jack Heard, Sonny Hilton, Patrick Haskell, Luca Connell, Bobby Duncan, Ellis Jones and the three boys from Emerson Academy in London who completed our team in the competition.

Thursday 5 September

England played their first 'Group B' match today at 10am against Russia and won 1 - 0. The only goal of the match was scored by Bobby Duncan.

Spectacular result for the second match of the morning, England 6 - Belarus 0! Goals - Haskell x2 Heard x1 Connell x1 Hilton x 1 and Duncan x1.

The team played their final match of the day at 2.50pm against Algeria and won 4 goals to 0!

After 11 goals in three matches which bagged them nine points, England are at the top of the table at the end of the first day of play.

You can find all of the results here -

Wednesday 4 September

The team caught the train from Liverpool Lime Street in the wee small hours of the morning and arrived in London for 8.30am.

They then headed out to Surrey Sports Park in Guildford to get kitted out and have one final training session before the DNC opening ceremony (during which the captain of each country to sign the 'fair play' pledge). By the end of the day the boys have met with, mingled and high-fived almost all of the countries taking part!

Early to bed in preparation for the first game tomorrow, exciting!


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Deuteronomy 6:5


Obviate (verb)

"To anticipate and prevent or eliminate difficulties, disadvantages, etc., by effective measures."


Peace (Advent)

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."