THAT’LL TEACH YOU A LESSON!
USUALLY it’s the students at Vandyke Upper School who brag about the weekend’s football results on Monday morning, but their headteacher Tim Carroll will be in on the act too! The Brackley Town press officer saw his side earn a replay at Stockport County yesterday to keep them in the draw for the FA Trophy semifinals. Meanwhile, his assistant headteacher, Sean Downey, wasn’t as lucky as his beloved Leighton Town crashed out of the FA Vase against 1874 Northwich. Carroll told The NLP: “It’s a very sporty school; often assembly has a sporty theme to it. There are frequent tales of what’s happened on Saturday – this time it’s us! I’ve followed the team for over 20 years and been involved for about 10. We’ve enjoyed such great success. It’s a privilege to be involved in some small way. “There’s a little bit of vying between myself and Sean, like all football supporters, but I have a lot of respect for him.” Downey, who is Leighton’s director of football, added: “I’ve been involved with the club since 1982, on and off as a player and manager. “We’ve had some difficult years at the club but we’re back on track. “We want promotion, but the Vase has been a great competition to be involved in.”
TOP OF THE CLASS: Leighton Town, left, and Brackley, right, have enjoyed prolonged cup runs in the FA Vase and Trophy respectively. Inset: Tim Carroll and Sean Downey