Lyndhurst lads to live out Wembley dream

Lyndhurst Junior School football team will represent Pompey at Wembley today
Lyndhurst Junior School football team will represent Pompey at Wembley today
Pompey's Gareth Evans. Picture: Joe Pepler

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LYNDHURST Junior School students will tomorrow ‘live out a dream’ as they represent Pompey at Wembley Stadium.

The home of football will play host to the North End youngsters before the League Two play-off final, after they earned the right to follow in the footsteps of their footballing heroes.

Fending off opposition from teams from as far afield as Newport, Plymouth and Luton – each representing their respective League Two side – Lyndhurst won the prestigious nPower Football League Kids’ Cup southern area title last month.

And that has set up a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity against northern area winners Huncoat Primary School, from Accrington, on the biggest stage of all.

For year six teacher and team manager Keith Grandison, it represents a thrilling time for all involved.

He said: ‘Everybody’s excited – lads, parents, teachers, the lot.

‘It was pandemonium when we beat Northampton Town in the southern area final.

‘Wembley is a once-in-a-lifetime thing – they are living out a dream.

‘At the moment, I am just pleased we got there but when the referee blows his whistle tomorrow afternoon, all our minds will be on trying to win the game.’

Lyndhurst, who travel up to the capital this evening and will stay in a hotel overnight, were guests of honour at Pompey’s training ground earlier this week.

Indeed, they will take to the hallowed Wembley turf adorned in traditional Blues colours and in stunning form.

Grandison added: ‘The boys are unbeaten this season claiming Hampshire and Portsmouth Cup honours and have won the local league title.

‘We are also in the Danone Nations Cup at Lilleshall next month, so it is fair to say we have got a good side.’