South Shields Boys’ Brigade football team wins national title at last

The 15th South Shields football team, back, from left, James Ingoe, 17, Daniel Gray, 18, Jordan Capeling, 18, Harry Edwardson, 14; front, Samuel Ingamells, 17, Luke Walker, 18, Jordan Brindle, 16, Harry Ludlow, 15. Pic: Stuart Buchanan.

The 15th South Shields football team, back, from left, James Ingoe, 17, Daniel Gray, 18, Jordan Capeling, 18, Harry Edwardson, 14; front, Samuel Ingamells, 17, Luke Walker, 18, Jordan Brindle, 16, Harry Ludlow, 15. Pic: Stuart Buchanan.

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A Boys’ Brigade team from South Shields has triumphed in the youth organisation’s senior five-a-side football finals.

The 15th South Shields team won four of five matches to clinch the 2016-17 title at an event hosted by the Glasgow Battalion.

The team were the runners-up in last year’s finals.

The winning team consisted of James Ingoe, Daniel Gray, Jordan Capeling, Harry Edwardson, Samuel Ingamells, Luke Walker, Jordan Brindle and Harry Ludlow.

The boys were presented with the trophy by Boys’ Brigade vice-president Alistair Burrow and John Sharp, director for Scotland, The Boys’ Brigade.

Member of the winning South Shields team, 18-year-old Daniel Gray, said: “This means so much. It’s my last year in the company after seven years. We finished runners-up last year – it was so close.

“This time I think we all just wanted it so much more. I think the team has got good depth and has a real chance of defending the title next year.”

Goalkeeper Jordan Brindle, 16, said: “It’s a big achievement considering we have tried many times before. We couldn’t have done this without the support from everyone at our BB company.”

Company captain Alan Greener said: “The boys in our team performed exceptionally well to win the UK five-a-side seniors final.

“We’ve been runners-up on a number of occasions, and to finally win the competition after many years of trying is a great achievement.

“The boys, and indeed their coaches, deserve an enormous amount of praise for all their hard work in training over the course of the year.”

“We would like to congratulate our fellow finalists, and in particular all of those involved in the refereeing, hosting and organisation of the finals.”

The finalists were welcomed by the Deputy Provost of South Lanarkshire Council, Pam Clearie and the boys from 15th South Shields.

Six teams – 15th South Shields, 4th Southampton, 2nd Gourock, 1st Buckie, 5th Carrickfergus and 4th Newtownabbey – competed at the Alistair McCoist Complex, East Kilbride.

Away from their success at football, the company, based at Bethesda Free Church, offers a full and varied programme, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award and music.