Pilgrim Cup attracts Football League club representatives

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Youngsters representing clubs from the Championship to non-league competed at the sixth Boston United Centre of Excellence and United in the Community Pilgrim Cup tournament.

The competition, played at RAF College Cranwell, saw more than 180 teams take part across nine different age groups, with a record 4,000-plus people attending.

Clubs such as Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Rotherham United, Chesterfield, Peterborough United, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and Watford sent teams, aged from under eights to under 16s.

United’s Centre of Excellence teams finished runners-up at under 14 and 15 levels.

Lincoln won the under 10s, 11s, 15s and 16s categories while Doncaster Rovers were victorious in the under 8s, 12s and 13s sections.

Peterborough United won the under nines age group and Qualitas took the under 14s competition.

Tournament organiser Lewis Thorogood said: “I would like to thank all the teams, coaches, parents and spectators who attended this record event.

“I would also like to thank RAF College Cranwell for allowing us to host the event, Duncan & Toplis and Listers BMW in Boston who sponsored the tournament and all the staff, students, referees and volunteers who gave their whole weekend to make this event a success.

“We are looking forward to welcoming teams for the 2016 Pilgrim Cup.”