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A look ahead to the Utilita Kids Cup Grand Finals

24 May 2023

Ahead of the EFL Play-Off Finals, the Utilita Kids Cup Grand Finals take place at Wembley Stadium with six teams battling it out to lift a trophy at the home of football.

Here’s what’s in store…


The Championship Final will be contested between Sheffield United – represented by Concord Junior School – and Watford – represented by Brookmans Park Primary School, taking place on Saturday 27 May at 15:30.

Twelve northern schools, who won their respective local tournaments, represented their local Club’s community organisations in the regional final of the competition, but it was the Blades who were the overall winners. They overcame St Edwards RC Primary, representing Middlesbrough, 2-1 in the final to progress to Wembley.

As for th Hornets, they eased past Queens Park Rangers in the Semi-Final winning 5-2 to take on Reading. With both teams unbeaten throughout the day and topping their groups, Reading started off on the front foot, scoring an early goal to take the lead. However, the Hornets responded well, winning the final 4-2.

League One

The League One Final will be contested between Plymouth Argyle – represented by Bickleigh Down Primary School – and Shrewsbury Town – represented by Baschurch Primary School, taking place on Monday 29 May at 13:45.

Plymouth were victorious in the regional final blowing away the opposition during their group stage, scoring 18 goals and failing to concede a single goal. In the final, Charlton Athletic took the Pilgrims to penalties as they held them to a 0-0 draw. However, after a missed penalty from Charlton, Plymouth scored their final spot-kick to advance.

Meanwhile, the decision on who progressed through to the semi-finals was decided on goal difference as Shrewsbury Town beat Sheffield Wednesday to reach the final where they faced Derby County. It came down to a nail-biting penalty shoot-out with Shrewsbury emerging winners after a sudden death tie-break and two fantastic goalkeeper saves.

League Two

The League Two Final will be contested between Stockport County – represented by Disley Primary School – and Walsall – represented by Cooper and Jordan Primary School, taking place on Sunday 28 May at 12:15.

The second semi-final saw runners up Stockport County take on third place finishers Tranmere Rovers. Stockport won their game 3-2 with a late goal to take on Crewe Alexandra in the final. The final was a tight affair, with Stockport sneaking a 1-0 win and progressing to the grand final at Wembley.

Elsewhere, after going undefeated in their group with two wins and two draws, Walsall finished just behind Leyton Orient as group winners. The Saddlers then overcame Northampton Town and Mansfield Town in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. And the final saw Walsall edge past Sutton United in a tight affair, eventually winning the game 2-0.

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