Manchester 2016: A School Trip In A Different League

Following on from our unforgettable trip to Manchester at the start of this month, one of the boys whop attended the trip, Archie Budge, very kindly wrote an account of the trip from the boys’ perspective:

SCHOOL TRIP IN A DIFFERENT LEAGUE

When people say to me: “I am going on the school trip”, I think of a trip to Dunnet Forest or the Tesco fish counter. I don’t think of  a trip to see two of the world’s best football teams 470 miles away at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. At first it seemed like a joke where more than 35 boys from Wick High School would end up seeing the multimillion pound stars from Manchester City and Barcelona FC. It was like a dream but due to the hard work of Mr Ross and Mr Mackenzie along with janitor Sandy Mackay and Mr Ross Senior, it was a dream come true.

It was a trip with a lot of travelling. We left Wick at 4am on the day of the match. It was a cold dark morning but quite warm on the bus. The bus was very comfortable and definitely made the journey more enjoyable. We arrived at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester at around 6pm which gave us plenty of time to soak up the pre-match atmosphere.

The stadium was amazing. It’s a massive bowl-shaped stadium lit up  with a green tinge. We were sitting in the Colin Bell Stand. The home fans were very friendly towards us. We watched both teams warm up before the match began. The game was very fast paced and went from end to end with many chances. It was a very exciting match to watch.

Barcelona opened the score with a great goal from their star player Lionel Messi. The score was brought level when Manchester City equalised just before half time. The second half was to see more great football with the home team scoring two goals to win a famous 3-1 victory. The Wick High School pupils had an amazing view of De Bruyne’s well placed free kick. A few of the boys captured the goal on their phones. The atmosphere in the stadium when the final whistle was blown was amazing. A famous victory for Manchester City which we were incredibly fortunate to be part of.

After a comfortable night in a Premier Inn in Preston we returned to the other side of Manchester to visit one of the most famous football stadiums in the world – Old Trafford. The stadium is steeped in history and was very interesting to see round. The Wick High pupils took a lot of photos in the changing rooms beside the shirts of the big stars. It was time to head back to Wick and after a very exciting two days we arrived home at around midnight.

It had been an incredible trip to watch Manchester City and see Leo Messi- the most famous footballer in the world. It was an experience we will remember for the rest of our lives.

Archie Budge, S3

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