Young Blues at Wembley for Manchester cup clash

Joseph Bulmer

Bideford Blues and Appledore Junior FC enjoyed a day out at Wembley to watch the FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Manchester United, courtesy of the FA’s Community Partner, McDonald’s,

The club was given tickets to the match after they hosted Trevor Francis earlier this year when he visited Bideford to re-live his own grassroots football journey to help raise awareness of the second annual FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s, and to encourage people to nominate their own local footballing heroes for an award.

The awards were founded in 2010 and aim to recognise and rewards clubs, leagues, coaches and volunteers who dedicate their time to grassroots football in the local community.

The national awards ceremony was held at this year’s Community Shield match and Bideford Blues and Appledore Junior FC got to see all eight of the national awards winners as they took to the pitch at half-time.

Club members watched with over 77,000 fans as Manchester United beat Manchester City to claim the first piece of silverware of the new football season.

The club, which has 15 teams, enjoyed the day out before heading back to Bideford to start their own training for the start of the new season.

Keith Greenleaf, chairman of Bideford Blues and Appledore Junior FC, said: “We were thrilled to be given tickets to watch the match and it was a really great day for the club. We watch grassroots football most weekends and each follow our preferred teams, but to watch a game like this at Wembley with some of the biggest premiership footballers involved was such an experience - the atmosphere was amazing.”

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