Primary seven pupils from Drumlanrig school gained top marks during their visit to Merseyside last Friday, when they watched Tranmere Rovers FC’s top-of-the-table clash with Sheffield United at Prenton Park.
Fifteen youngsters, all of whom attend Drumlanrig’s football training, and two members staff headed south at 7.30am for the school’s ninth trip to Liverpool.
Before the match, the children undertook a whistle-stop tour of Liverpool, starting at Aintree Racecourse, the home of the Grand National, and on to Everton’s Goodison Park, and then Liverpool FC’s Anfield where they left a scarf at the Hillsborough Memorial, saw the Shankley Gates and statue and went shopping. The youngsters also took in the city’s iconic waterfront including the Liver Buildings, the Cunard Building, the new Liverpool museum and the Mersey Ferries.
The party then made their way to Trandmer’s Prenton Park where they trained with the community coaches at the club’s indoor recreation centre. Pupils took part in matches, drills and competitions, after which Sam Kelly, Ben Cairns and Alex Jones were presented with medals for their outstanding efforts. Head coach Steve Williams was again highly complimentary about the pupils’ attitude and behaviour: He said: “The visit from the Drumlanrig children is a real pleasure. They are always incredibly polite and well behaved.”
The pupils then moved into the stadium where they had their faces painted and were presented with Tranmere Rovers sweets by the match-day stewards. The young Teries also got a mention over the PA system, on the stadium scoreboard and in the programme.
Unfortunately, their spirits were dampened slightly as Tranmere lost to their promotion rivals 1-0 thanks to an own goal by centre-back Ash Taylor.
After the match, the children returned to Liverpool to visit the two cathedrals before stopping on the outskirts of the city for fish and chips. They arrived back in Hawick around 10.30pm, tired but having enjoyed their day out.
Teacher Stuart Hunter said: “The Drumlanrig pupils have again represented the school and community brilliantly. It’s just a pity they didn’t bring Tranmere any luck!”