3rd February 2005




A leading football team from the University of Lincoln were celebrating today after winning the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) football league for the Midlands 1A.


The men’s first team drew 1-1 with Birmingham University to leave themselves six points clear at the top of the league with one game to go. On their way to the championship Lincoln have beaten every team in the league at least once, scoring 22 goals and only conceding nine in nine games.


Midlands 1A is the division below the illustrious Premier North League which includes other great sporting universities such as Loughborough and Nottingham.


“I expected the team to finish a comfortable mid-table but they have taken this league by storm,” said Phil Bell, President of the university’s Athletic Union. “To be six points clear and score 22 goals with one game still to play is truly a fantastic achievement.”


The team has played against several larger universities including Cambridge and Warwick to achieve the prestigious title of league champions, and first team manager Ed Thompson is equally pleased with the team’s performance.


“We have worked hard all season and have a great team spirit,” he said. “Everyone works for each other and as hard as each other and that is one of the reasons why we are where we are.”


Lincoln will now go through to the national finals and could be drawn against any of the top universities in a knock-out style tournament. They will also have to play in a promotion play-off game with the winners being promoted to the Premier North League.



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Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

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