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City News

21 October 2019

While last year’s Nottingham Schools’ U11s were performing in the glamorous surroundings of Barcelona as they competed as representatives of England in the Danone “World Cup”, the current U11 teams from twenty three Nottingham primary schools came to play in their own possibly slightly less glamorous 6-a-side Karnival competition. This was played at the Forest “Zone” courtesy of Nottingham Forest Community Trust and had its own continental flavour as the trophy played for is the Kilpin Cup named after the Nottingham born nineteenth century football enthusiast Herbert Kilpin who helped found AC Milan.

With the match officials ably assisted by several enthusiastic young Nottingham Forest scholars who refereed and helped with the admin of the competition, the afternoon saw some very entertaining play as the teams competed in four leagues to produce four semi finalists. The competition provided some excellent football as well as some outstanding goalkeeping. The semi finalists were Old Basford who played Southwark and High School who played Haydn. Both games were very evenly contested and both had to go to extra time to produce finalists. Old Basford and Southwark drew 1-1 with the latter scoring the only goal in extra time to progress and the 0-0 deadlock of the other semi was only broken by an extra time goal from Haydn. In a final fitting the quality of the competition, two goals from Southwark saw them lift the trophy which was presented to the winners by Nottingham Schools’ FA chairman Colin Hammond.

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