Footballer’s legacy lives on at Bowland

Mrs Connelly with the schools deputy headteacher Laura Fielden.
Mrs Connelly with the schools deputy headteacher Laura Fielden.

A cheque for almost £2,000 was presented by Mrs Sandra Connelly, the wife of the late John Connelly who was a member of the 1966 England World cup winning squad, to Bowland High School’s PE department.

During a special assembly led by Anthony Keefe, the school’s assistant headteacher and curriculum leader for PE at Bowland, Mrs Connelly spoke and showed students one of her late husband’s England caps as well as his World Cup winning medal.

The £1,966 donation is from a football association grant called the 66 for “66”!

Sandra chose the PE department at Bowland for the support its staff have given her grandchildren. The money will be used to buy a software system and equipment to improve the video analysis of pupils’ performance.

John Connelly played for Burnley, Manchester United, Blackburn and Bury as well as England. The school has close links with the family as Alex Wood, Michael, Rebecca and Jake have all attended the school and are John’s grandchildren.

Alex, who left last year, is following in his grandfather’s footsteps and is currently playing for Preston North End.