Farewell to the Football Season
The final weekend of Spring Term fixtures brought the end of the football season and matches against Epsom College proved the perfect climax to a season that has seen 200 fixtures take place, involving over 350 pupils across 23 teams.
The 1st XI led the way on Saturday, battling to a hard fought 2-1 victory sealed by a stunning strike from midfielder Lukas. It was a fitting end to a pleasing season for the senior side who have played an attractive brand of football leading to impressive wins including against Whitgift, Tonbridge and Charterhouse under the lights at Leatherhead FC.
In addition, the 2nd XI have had a fantastic season, led superbly by their Captain Tom, reaching the semi-finals of the London Independent Schools Cup and coming third in their League. The spirit and camaraderie of the team have been exemplary. The 3rd XI also grasped their league title on the last day of the season but, unfortunately, missed out on being crowned champions by one point.
The Under 16A side, having won their League last year, were rewarded with six players from that side making 1st XI debuts during the season which demonstrates genuine promise for the future. Braiden, who has been outstanding in midfield for the 1st XI, has represented the Under 16 ISFA National Team with distinction, having scored four times against Australia. Success has also been seen in the Under 15A side, which reached the last 16 of the ISFA Investec Cup and came third in the National Futsal Championships - a feat also completed by the Under 14A side which won all but one game during the season, including a 2-0 victory against St Paul's and 5-0 win against Epsom College. Our Under 12s and 13s have shared significant success, with the Under 13Bs amassing 60 goals in nine games including a mightily impressive 19 goals for Monte.
We are exceptionally proud of the achievements of Henry (Arsenal), Josh (Chelsea), Filip (Chelsea) and Hugo (AFC Wimbledon) who continue to make great strides at their respective academies and are on track to join Old Johnian, Joe Haigh, who signed his Scholars contract with Chelsea recently.
Director of Football, Mr Pepper, comments: "We are exceptionally proud of the sheer number of pupils who have represented the School this season and who have managed to score over 480 goals. Football at St John's is focused on enjoyment and pride in the sport and our school and these figures clearly show the continued joy and development of football at St John's.
"I am also delighted that this season has seen our Under 15As reach the last 16 nationally and the Under 14As come third at the National Futsal Championships, demonstrating our ability to perform at the highest level."