7th Pilgrim Cup

2nd June 2016

The seventh Boston United Centre of Excellence Pilgrim Cup tournament took place over Bank Holiday weekend at RAF College Cranwell.

A record 210 sides took part over ten age groups ranging from under-7s through to under-16s with over 4000 people attending the weekend in total.

A range of Football League and National Conference Clubs including the likes of Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Peterborough United, Norwich City, Doncaster Rovers, York City, Rochdale, Grimsby Town and Lincoln City took part including European representation from Dutch side TGG Den Bosch.

Day one saw Derby County dominate the foundation ages both winning and being runners-up in the under-7s and 9s age groups. Lincoln City beat Norwich City on penalties to win the 11s category whist the under-13s Chesterfield took the honours whilst Lincoln City were runners up. Finally elite development side PB Soccer beat Rochdale to take the under-15s title.

Day two continued on a similar theme with both Derby County sides in the final in the under-8s. East Midlands neighbours Nottingham Forest took the under-10s, 12s and 14s titles beating Peterborough United, Doncaster Rovers and Rochdale respectively. Finally in a repeat of the 15s tournament PB Soccer again beat Rochdale this time on penalties to take the under-16s title.

Tournament Organiser Lewis Thorogood commented, “This was our biggest ever tournament we have held at this level and was a great success, my thanks go to tournament sponsors Draytons Kia along with all the staff, volunteers and referees who gave their time over the Bank Holiday weekend to make this such a success. Without doubt this is the biggest tournament of this kind now in the area and rivalling anything elsewhere in the country putting elite youth development football on the map not only for Boston United but also Lincolnshire as a county”.

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