Footballing brothers celebrate a hat-trick

Jacob,. Joseph and Liam Bednall of Bonsall.
Jacob,. Joseph and Liam Bednall of Bonsall.

THREE footballing brothers from Bonsall enjoyed a night to remember when they each scooped an award at the Wirksworth Colts FC annual presentation evening.

Jacob Bednall, 15, an Anthony Gell School pupil, won the under 15s sportsman of the year award, brother Joseph, 12, who attends the same school, gained the manager’s player of the year title for the under 12s, while Liam Bednall, 8, a pupil at Bonsall Primary School, won the under eights players player of the year winner, in his first season, and has also been put forward for a Derby County trial by one of the Rams’ youth coaches. 

The boys’ club believes this is the first time that three brothers have won awards in the same year.

On hand to present the awards were Derby County players Frank Fielding and Jake Buxton, and Wirksworth Mayor Andy Pollock.  

Proud mum Sally Bednall explained: “There are so many teams now at the club that they had to hold it at two venues, Anthony Gell School and the leisure centre.

“The boys were split between the two, so my husband and I went to one each. It wasn’t until we all met up afterwards that we realised they’d all won, which we were delighted by. It was a lovely surprise for us all.”

Sally Bednall went on to praise the way the club is run: “It’s a very good set-up there.

“For example, Liam took part in preparatory sessions for Year Two lads before they started playing in the under eights side, so they are all very well prepared by the coaches.

“It’s a very inclusive club and it’s not just all about the best players playing every week, they like to give as many as possible a game. Perhaps that means it’s not as competitive an atmosphere as at some clubs but it’s an ethos that is proving successful and that’s why they attract so many boys and girls who want to play for them.”

Wirksworth Colts FC welcomes girls and boys of all abilities, who can start training from school Year Two.