The last few days of April are set to bring a huge divide to the usually United City of Manchester. Just twice a year, the gloves come off and the shirts go on – and you’re either sporting red or blue.
But this year – good things come in threes as the Manchester Grammar School is preparing for its very own Manchester Derby, as MGS’s First XI will take on their arch rivals (for one day only!) the MGS Second XI in the Final of the Manchester Schools Cup.
Both teams have impressively qualified for the final, and bragging rights within not only the School – but the whole of Greater Manchester will be up for grabs.
The two teams will meet at a neutral venue and the Final will be held at F.C. United’s ground at Broadhurst Park, north-east Manchester, on Friday 28th April – the day after Manchester City and Manchester United battle it out at The Etihad.
The First XI booked their place in the Final with a 6-0 win over Loreto Sixth Form College on 29 March, just two days after the Second XI progressed to the Final with a tense penalty-shoot victory over St Bede’s College.
It is the first time in nine years the two MGS teams will contest the Final of the prestigious Manchester Schools Cup, and it promises to be a nail-biting battle to the finish.
Director of Sport at MGS Mark Walmsley said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to have not just one, but two teams from MGS competing for the Manchester Schools Cup, and we encourage good old healthy competition!
“It is testament to the schools excellent coaches, especially our Head of Football Gus Wilson, and the determination, talent and skill of our boys that we are able to field two quality teams who will play each other in the Final.
“I’m sure the Final will be a memorable day for everyone here at MGS, particularly as it will be played in F.C. United’s stadium which will give the fixture even more prestige – I’m sure it’ll a day the boys won’t forget. The only issue will be who the supporters and staff will be cheering for!”