PREMIER LEAGUE Champions Manchester City gave Saddleworth School pupils a day to remember as they visited to show off their glittering silverware.
Oldhamer Bernard Halford, who is Life President at Manchester City, arrived armed with the Premier League trophy, Capital One Cup and Continental Cup, the latter clinched by the women’s team which plays in the Women’s Super League.
Previously City’s secretary for 38 years before being appointed Life President four years ago, he drew on his experiences and insider knowledge to give an intriguing talk before answering questions from pupils.
Bernard, who once played for the well-known St Gregory’s football team in Ardwick, revealed he has already visited 8,000 children in schools across Manchester.
And alongside community events, he spends his days working with the City first team and under 21s, travelling the length of the country to games.
Bernard, who was accompanied by Bill McCallum from Stalybridge Celtic and friend John Watkins, said: “It’s the best job in the world.
“The children asked some great questions here – I was pleased I was able to answer them all!”
Pupils could make a £1 donation to have their photo taken with the trophies, which saw the school raise around £150 for charity.
Excited student Sam Darke-Williams said: “It’s great to be able to see the real trophy. I have not missed a City home game in eight years and I’m a big fan.”
PE teacher Richard Meadowcroft, who arranged the event after a suggestion from a parent, is also a life-long City fan.
He added: “It’s been fantastic. Not many people can say they have got this close to the real Premier League trophy.”