South Failsworth Primary School are Wembley winners once again.

The Paddock Lane youngsters, representing Oldham Athletic, were victorious in this year’s EFL Kids Cup League Two Grand Final in a game played before the play-off final between promoted Tranmere and Newport on Saturday. 

Two first-half goals, one from Stephen Maylett and the other from Finlay Boardman, saw them beat Broadclyst Community Primary, who were representing Exeter City, under the iconic arch.

It saw them win the competition as they had done in 2016, having been runners-up 12 months ago. 

Teacher and coach Lee Lawton said: “I’m so proud of the lads, they’re a credit to themselves and their school. 

“There’s some unbelievable talent in the team, as we saw out there.

“There’s no better place to do it than Wembley, and this will live with them forever. 

“It’s a fantastic competition with a prize of playing on the Wembley pitch, and that’s something that’s hard to put into words. 

“It’s been fantastic and Wembley has certainly treated us well. We can’t thank the EFL enough.”

Goalkeeper Zack Tobin said: “It felt amazing, the best feeling ever. 

“Without the EFL we wouldn’t be here, it’s great to play at Wembley and we want to do it again next year! 

“It was a team effort and it’s a dream come true to win.”

The school beat off competition from 31 other Oldham teams as well as triumphing at the EFL Kids Cup northern finals to also represent the region, going unbeaten on their run to Wembley.  This was their fifth final in 11 years. 

Across the country, more than 1,900 schools and 15,000 took part in this years EFL Kids Cup. 

South Failsworth: Xander Taylor (capt), Zack Tobin, Stephen Maylett, Harley Higgins, Leo Mason, Finley Boardman, Macauley Harrop, Kian Leckey