Fairfield wins the Woodcock Shield

Fairfield High School  is the 2024 winner of the Woodcock Shield, Bristol’s premier trophy for school football teams. 

Fairfield won with a 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate over Blaise High School. Hundreds of families, students, staff and community members came along to cheer on the teams agt  the home of Bristol City FC. Among those present were Bristol City Legends, including former players Geoff Merrick (pictured), Louis Carey and Scott Murray, who played in the Shield when they were at school, and who paid £350 for the stewards out of their own pockets! The Legends presented the Shield to the winning team.

This year has been incredible for Fairfield’s Year 10s, as they have been declared both Bristol and South Glos champions.

Jordan Goodchild, the school’s director of PE,  said:  “I am so proud of our football stars who have been on a winning streak all year, showing time and time again such astonishing skill and determination, whilst managing to keep a cool head. To come away with the Woodcock Shield is a dream come true! Commiserations to Blaise High who also played a great match and fought until the bitter end.”

Fairfield principal Edel Cronin said: “It was one of those events where we were honoured to see our students achieve at the highest level, and to be sharing this experience with fellow colleagues is something I’ll always treasure.”

Photo: Paul Gillis