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History boys! Joy for District football aces

Islington and Camden Under-13s follow up success of Under-12s by winning schools league for first time since 1964

31 May, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Islington and Camden District Under-13s football team celebrate winning the Middlesex Schools’ Inter-District League

YOU know what it’s like: you wait a combined 99 years for a trophy, and then, out of nowhere, two come along at once.

The Islington and Camden District football team has yet again carved its name into the history books after winning the Under-13s Middlesex Schools’ Inter-District League for the first time since 1964.

The joyous news comes just weeks after Islington and Camden’s Under-12s got their hands on the Watkin Cup after winning their Middlesex Schools’ League for the first time since 1974.

The pride was there for all to see as Under-13s manager Marc Stocking, who runs the side with Paul Subaran, gathered the Invincibles together for a special photoshoot with their prize, the Compton Cup, at the artificial pitches in Market Road, Islington.

“I’m just so delighted. I’m so immensely proud of all the boys, what a fantastic achievement,” beamed Marc. “To be the first Islington and Camden team since 1964 to win this trophy is something the boys should be very proud of, especially as they finished the season unbeaten.”

Fittingly wearing Arsenal kits, the Under-13s ended their unbeaten campaign with a 4-2 victory over Hillingdon. While Marc was quick to praise “the team effort” it took to secure the silverware, sharpshooter Sean Chambers-McIntosh still found a way to stand out in the crowd as he scored all four goals.

Despite joining the team late, the striker, who goes to St Mary Magdalene Academy in Highbury, managed to score nine goals in just three games.

Islington and Camden’s dominant young charges ended the season winning six and drawing two of their eight games, while scoring an incredible 26 goals and conceding just nine along the way.

“We have all worked so hard this season, and now we have a trophy to show for it,” added Marc. “It’s been an absolute pleasure coaching all the players. Hopefully this success can be a platform for them to go on and become even better players, and, who knows, maybe carve out a career within the professional game.

“Our Under-12s squad that won the Watkin Cup, coached by Chris Mozo, is clearly a talented team, so hopefully they will retain the Compton Cup next season, while we’ll be turning our attentions to winning the Under-14s Bower Cup.”

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