Champions! Bede's crowned title winners despite early end to season

Bede’s first XI football team have celebrated the end of a successful season by being named HUDL Independent Schools League champions.

Bede's first XI - champions of the schools league
Bede's first XI - champions of the schools league

The team from the Upper Dicker school impressed throughout the competition, winning all seven of their matches and amassing a plus-24 goal difference.

The league was halted before the final matches owing to the coronavirus pandemic, but the HUDL league committee voted with an overwhelming majority to award Bede’s the title because of the school’s advantageous league position, points total and goal difference.

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David Caryer, director of football at Bede’s, said: “For Bede’s to be crowned champions of such a prestigious league after going undefeated in all of their matches against some of the strongest footballing schools in the country is an outstanding achievement, and shows how much our football programme has developed in recent years.

“I must thank the other schools involved for showing great sporting spirit in their decision to award us the title.

“This success is testament to the players’ hard work and dedication to the sport and their squad. They were relentless in training, straight from the start of pre-season sessions. It was a fantastic team effort.”