Bede’s 1st XI Footballers named HUDL League Champions
David Caryer, Director of Football

Many congratulations to our Bede’s 1st XI Football team, who end the 2019/20 season with a fantastic HUDL Independent Schools League win.

The boys impressed throughout the competition, winning all seven of their matches and amassing a +24 goal difference. The league was sadly halted before the final matches owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, however the HUDL League Committee voted with an overwhelming majority to award Bede’s the title owing to our league position, advantageous points total and goal difference.

Members of the Bede's 1st XI football team, photographed in line with UK government social distancing guidelines in August 2020

Mr Caryer, Director of Football at Bede’s, comments, “For Bede’s to be crowned champions of such a prestigious league after going undefeated in all of their matches against some of the strongest footballing schools in the country is an outstanding achievement, and shows how much our football programme has developed in recent years. I must thank the other schools involved for showing great sporting spirit in their decision to award Bede's the title.

“This success is testament to the players’ hard work and dedication to the sport and their squad. They were relentless in training, straight from the start of pre-season sessions. For some players, this success is the result of five years of devoted training as they have worked hard to develop each year to progress from the First Year to the Upper Sixth.

Bede's 1st XI footballers on a pre-season tour to Lisbon in October 2019

“The squad demonstrated fantastic teamwork throughout the season, especially in the difficult moments (for example, during the away match against Royal Russell when we were down to 10 men for the final 30 minutes and fought hard for a great 1-0 win).

“This was a fantastic team effort, and although I don’t like to mention individuals generally I think it would be only right to highlight some of the brilliant Upper Sixth pupils who have been stalwarts of the team, and will soon be leaving Bede’s for pastures new. My sincere thanks goes to Rex Lane, Nahje Smith, Archie Collett, Jack Hobden, Dylan Kiffin-Walton, Cosmo Sutton and finally our Captain Tom Collins, who has been a tremendous driving force towards our success over the past two years.

“Finally, I would just like to add that the challenge has been passed onto our younger Upper Fifth and Lower Sixth players to replicate this year’s success, as we look to retain the title next season.”

The Bede’s 2019/20 1st XI squad is:

Oskar Lockyer
Tom Frame
Jake Baker
Jack Hobden
Nahje Smith
Henry Crocombe
Tarun Rohilla
Archie Collett
Jayden Ebbin
Tom Howard
Tom Collins
Isaiah Corrie
Rex Lane
Dylan Kiffin-Walton
Cosmo Sutton
Teddy Jacobs
Josh Ogunkoya Howland
Toby Delaney