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Pupils pitch questions to Burnley footballers

Lancashire Telegraph: Tom Heaton with Olivia Moffitt, Tabitha Connolly and Millie Schofield Tom Heaton with Olivia Moffitt, Tabitha Connolly and Millie Schofield

CLARETS heroes past and present were mobbed by schoolchildren as they took part in a question and answer session at a Burnley superschool.

Current Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton and ex-Claret Jimmy Robson visited Blessed Trinity for the event.

Twenty students from years seven, eight, nine and 10 spent an hour grilling the Turf Moor stars on a range of topics.

After the Q&A was over the two took time to meet pupils, with Tom in demand with the youngsters following his heroics in the Clarets promotion season.

Neil Stubbs, head of PE at Blessed Trinity, said: “It was a fantastic day, the children absolutely loved it and Tom and Jimmy really got involved as well.

“It was 20 pupils but with Tom being there we did invite all the goalkeepers from our school teams so they could ask him some questions.”

Jimmy played for Burnley in the 1960s and was part of the successful team who won the First Division championship in 1960. He also scored the 100th goal ever scored in an FA Cup final when Burnley lost to Tottenham in 1962.

“There were a lot of interesting questions and answers,” said Neil. “The children asked them a lot of questions about the differences between the two eras and how things have changed.

“They looked at things like diet and fitness, and how the football boots and pitches have changed over the years.

“They also asked about their favourite moments playing for Burnley and their memories of their time at Turf Moor.

“The school overlooks the stands at Turf Moor and we have a lot of Burnley fans here.

“Tom was mobbed by the rest of the school as he was leaving, children were asking him to sign shirts and ties and anything they could get their hands on.”

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