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8 May 2012 | PR 12/84

Football comes home in stadium opener


Photo c/o Neil Plumb at Plumb Images

Loughborough Football has made a return to campus, with the first fixture at the new Loughborough University stadium.

The game was the first celebratory fixture at the new development that has been built to create a permanent home for the club at the University, and provide changing facilities for the Holywell Park pitches at the West end of campus.

Despite the inclement weather conditions a sizeable crowd attended the historical evening, in which the students gave good account of themselves against a Tottenham Hotspur U18 XI.

To celebrate the opening fixture Loughborough University Sports Hall of Fame member Bob Wilson was the special guest, and spoke passionately to invited guests about his time as a student.

The Loughborough team have enjoyed another fine season, finishing in fifth place in the Midland Football Alliance and winning the League Cup. So expectations were high before the match.

However the students started nervously. An early goal from Darren McQueen gave Spurs a 1-0 lead. Loughborough came into the game as the first half progressed. Goals from Daniel Nti and Matt Collino put Loughborough 2-1 ahead at half time.

The second half saw fine performances by both teams, who were intent on playing passing football.  Loughborough looked like they were going to claim a famous victory through an Nti penalty and a Jack Beckett goal that gave the students a 4-3 advantage. However an own goal in the 90 minute gave Spurs the equaliser. 

The visitors eventually took the spoils, winning the penalty shootout 4-1.

Despite the result Loughborough Football Head Coach Stuart McLaren was pleased with the performance and the occasion.  Speaking pitch side after the match he said:

“A draw was a fair result. In the early part we stood off them and gave them too much respect.  But once we got into our rhythm we caused them problems…Tottenham were very complementary about how we played.

“The stadium was first class. We’ve been looking forward to playing here and it was everything we expected it would be.  There are a number of professional football clubs who would be jealous of this facility.  We are excited about playing our football here.”

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Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
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E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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