A group of 35 boys from S1-S4 signed up for a football trip to Manchester during the Christmas holiday.
The first part of the trip was a visit to Old Trafford, home of Manchester United FC. The pupils saw the museum and had a guided tour round the whole stadium. There was a high level security at the stadium after an abandoned package led to a game being abandoned in the previous season.
The most amazing thing about the tour was spotting the school name in the old tunnel situated between the two dug-outs on the half-way line. Former pupil Archibald Leitch designed the original Old Trafford, and there was a memorial plaque and story about him on the wall of the tunnel, although the Hutchesons’ apostrophe was in the wrong place!
After MUFC, it was north and east across the city to The Etihad Stadium for the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal. An exciting game took place, with Arsenal going ahead early on much to the delight of Mr Bagnall. Manchester City fought back, eventually winning 2-1, much to the delight of Mr Russell. Mr Adams remained neutral and impartial throughout. A great day was had by all and the pupils arrived tired but in good spirits back at the school in the late hours of the Sunday night.
A football quiz, compiled by Mr Adams, kept the pupils entertained on the bus trip. Mr Bagnall won the staff event while Jayden Groden and Matthew Smith were victorious in the pupil version.