James Norwood Celebrates Success on the Football Field
James has seen massive successes on the field as striker for Tranmere Rovers. He scored the winning goal at Wembley in May to take the team back into the Football League after a three-year absence, and was awarded Sky Bet League Two’s August Player of the Month.
James says, “It’s nice to have this recognition, but I’m keen to keep working for success, play as high as possible and make the most of the time that I have in this career.
"It's great to have the opportunity to play upfront again, and being part of Tranmere Rovers is brilliant - it's a really fantastic team."
James is currently based in Liverpool, where he lives with his five dogs (three chihuahuas and two terriers). "I love living here," James enthuses. "There is a lot going on and lots of things to do."
Looking back on his time at School, James says, "I had a great time, even if I did get in trouble quite a lot! I spent most of my time at the Sports Complex, although I did enjoy academics - particularly studying Applied Business with Mr Rimmington.
"I had always played football, but Bede's introduced me to rugby, cricket and athletics. Rob Buchanan [English rugby union footballer who plays for Harlequins] and Luke Wells [cricketer who plays for Sussex] were in my year - there was a lot of athletic talent in my year group, which was a lot of fun."
Luke Wells, Rob Buchanan and James Norwood
James has fond memories of being coached in football by Mr Leggett (he is a family friend and they are still in touch, occasionally meeting up for Sunday morning breakfasts) and Paul Turner, who coached the U15s as well as working as part of our Grounds team.
"One of my Bede's highlights was being part of the winning team that took home the ESFA U18 schools trophy in the 2008-2009 season," James says. "We competed against 3,500 teams to come out top. It was great to be part of creating history for the School."
Back row, left to right: Paul Turner, Samuel Jackson, Ben Hinnell, Macsen Lake-Edwards, Luke Hodges-Ramon, David Leggett
Front row, left to right: Phatrick Murray, James Norwood, Daniel Gorringe, Seb Hards
Despite having the opportunity to pursue business on a scholarship in the US, James chose football as his profession without hesitation - and signed with Exeter City shortly after leaving school. "I had the Leavers' Ball on the Friday and I left for Exeter on the Monday - it was very quick!" James explains.
Since leaving school, James has played for England C, Exeter City, Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere Rovers.
"I really enjoyed my time at Bede's," James says. "I learned a lot, and it was a good learning environment that gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream career. I'm very grateful to everyone involved."