THEY did what Huddersfield Town sadly failed to do.
They won at Old Trafford on Play-Off Sunday.
And now there has been civic recognition of the greatest primary school football team in the country.
Meltham CE Primary School, celebrating a double victory after winning the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) Under 11s Schools’ Cup for Boys and the npower U11 Kids’s Cup, were praised by the Mayor of Kirklees.
Clr Eric Firth was at the school to pass on his congratulations to those heaped on the team.
Hundreds of teams from primary schools across the country had taken part in both competitions.
The nine-player Meltham team fought through local, regional and national rounds to become champions of England in both tournaments.
The team, of year five and six pupils, beat Warren Park, from Havant, Hampshire, 1-0 in a tense final at Watford FC’s training ground on May 21.
The lads then went on to lift the npower cup after beating Henleaze School, from Bristol, 2-0 at Old Trafford.
That was the day that Town lost to Peterborough in the Division I play-off final.
The team was helped to victory thanks to coaching from ex-Leeds United midfielder Gary Speed who visited the school before the final.
Teacher and team manager Julian Rose said: “We’re scared of making claims yet they are the top primary school team in the country and that’s there for everyone to see.”
Mr Rose added: “We said when we had the matches coming up that it would be a bit of a dream to win but it’s become a reality.
“The boys have been very level headed. I feel like I’ve gained nine extra sons!”
But Mr Rose declined to name a player of the season.
He said: “It’s not down to a single factor. We have some very good players, individually and as a team.
“They’ve always given everything in every single game. You could never grumble that they weren’t trying.
“They get on very well off the pitch and that helps on the pitch.”
But the team has played its last game.
Several of the players are moving on to other schools and with a new squad next season Mr Rose said it would be difficult to match the year’s achievements.
But he added: “It certainly sets the standard”.