ON Sunday, March 26, a party of 41 players from Crediton Youth Football Club, supported by 12 coaches and parents, set off from Lords Meadow to make their way to London to tour the Emirates Stadium and to watch the England v Lithuania 2018 World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium.
The group was made up of players from the Under 14-16 sides.
First port of call was the Emirares Stadium home of Arsenal Football Club. The Crediton lads had the chance to see first-hand behind the scene areas of the stadium from pitch side to the state-of-the-art home changing room to the luxury of the director’s lounges and media suites.
Then after group photo’s the party had the chance to visit the Arsenal museum.
Next stop was Wembley, and arriving in plenty of time, the players had the chance to visit the Fans Zone, where many had their faces painted.
Before entering the stadium for the game, the group had the obligatory photograph taken next to the Bobby Moore statue.
The match itself was not a classic, but the crowd of 77,000, saw Jermain Defoe and Jamie Vardy score the goals which gave England a 2-0 victory.
England manager, Gareth Southgate had put out a strong side which gave the lads the opportunity to see many top England stars.
It was an extra special day for one of the Under 16 players, Connor Ridd, who was celebrating his birthday. Connor was surprised to see a photograph and a mention in the match day programme to recognise this.
Mike Edworthy, one of the trip organisers said: “It was again really great to be able to put on a visit like this for so many of our players.
“We had a great day and the boys were a brilliant group to take. Special thanks must go to Paul Morrison at Devon FA, for arranging the tickets and everyone else who made the day run so smoothly.”