On Thursday 28 November 2013, the boys’ football team played in the national Kids’ Cup, hosted by AFC Wimbledon. The boys were placed in a difficult group in the morning. They drew 1-1 with Esher Church School, beat Honeywell 10-0, beat Christ Church New Malden 1-0 and last year's runners up Cleves 2-1. In the quarter-finals, the team beat Latchmere 4-0, and then in the semi-finals beat Robin Hood (with a player from Crystal Palace Academy) 4-1. Stanley had reached their second final in the space of a week!
The winners of the final would play at AFC Wimbledon against all the other southern teams that would represent their League 2 sides (Portsmouth, Dagenham and Redbridge, Plymouth, Torquay, Southend, Cheltenham, Wycombe, Oxford, Exeter and Bristol Rovers, to name a few).
Stanley's final opponents were Corpus Christi, the best team in England for the past three years. With three Chelsea Academy players (one being paid a monthly wage!) and one Fulham player, Stanley were in for a tough test. Unfortunately the team were overcome by their opponents and lost in the final, but were runners-up in the tournament. The boys acquitted themselves tremendously throughout the course of the day and Andy Scates and Mr Watson are incredibly proud of their achievements this season. An invaluable experience for all. Runners-up in a tough competition is a fantastic result. Well done, boys.
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