By Amy Cutler 

By Following another successful football season UCFB Burnley, the Men’s First Team were crowned the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Northern 6C Football League champions following a 5-0 victory against Keele University in a momentous final match of the 2014/15 season.

Captain Sam Swanton led an impressive effort whilst third year student Danny Walsh ensured a perfect leaving present by scoring in what was his final game playing for UCFB. Other goal scorers included second year student, Jake Osgathorpe and first year student, Jack Bennett, who scored a hat-trick. Jack commented after the game:

“As a team we were excellent, everyone worked hard for each other and it was a great performance. On a personal note, it’s always nice to score three goals but the most important thing was that we won the game and secured the league title. It was also the perfect ending for Sam and Danny to win the league in their final game for UCFB.”

The UCFB Burnley Men’s First Team finished top of the league, having been victorious in eight out of the ten matches they played this season and with a fantastic goal difference of +26. After an amazing season, the team have now been promoted to the Northern 6B league; the most competitive league that any UCFB football team has ever played in. Next season will see the UCFB Burnley Men’s First Team playing against the likes of Hull, Sunderland, Huddersfield, York St John and Chester.

Chris Purdie, Sports Coordinator at UCFB Burnley commented on the league title win:

“It’s a fantastic achievement for the UCFB Burnley Men’s First Team to win the BUCS Northern 6C League. The Team have worked tirelessly for one another over the course of the season and it is a fitting end by winning the league. It is a great accomplishment for all those involved and we will look to next season with great anticipation.”

Mike Walsh, First Team Coach and BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching Academic at UCFB Burnley, added:

“It’s a great triumph for the students to win the league and they thoroughly deserve it due to their hard work and attitude to play in the right way throughout the season. It’s been even more impressive with only two third year students in the team meaning this squad of players can look to build on this season and replicate this year’s success next season.”

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