St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance

Special Event - A Special Day at the Hawthorns

2 April 2011

On Saturday 2nd April a group of around 50 pupils and parents from St John Bosco went to the Hawthorns as part of the WBA matchday community package.

On arrival we enjoyed an hour's football coaching before being taken on to the club shop and on a tour of the ground. During the tour we got to sit on the manager's and substitutes' benches and were really fortunate that a number of first team players were on their way to the dressing rooms and stopped to say hello and have their photos taken.

At around 2.30pm we went into the ground. There was already a good atmosphere as the mighty Man Utd had beaten one of West Brom's relegation rivals 4 – 2. We then took our seats for the game.

The first half was an exciting but goalless affair. At half time birthday boy Owen Carter heard his name read out on the tannoy, it was then time for the 2nd half. After little more than 5 minutes the crowd by silenced after a goal from Liverpool, a towering header we saw clearly from our seats – another day of disappointment? No fear. Not much more time had passed when the Baggies were level – a brilliant penalty scored by Chris Brunt. After 88 minutes everyone could barely look – especially Miss Ellicott when Brunt stepped up to take his second penalty of the day following a foul by Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

The ground was rocking, the Baggies bouncing and most of the St John Bosco party delighted as West Brom held on to beat Liverpool and complete a great day for everyone who went.

We look forward to going again next season.