Former football star opens new school facilities

Former Huddersfield Town striker Andy Booth, centre, with footballers at Todmorden High School, with headteacher Andrew Whitaker and football coach Paul Duerden, far right.
Former Huddersfield Town striker Andy Booth, centre, with footballers at Todmorden High School, with headteacher Andrew Whitaker and football coach Paul Duerden, far right.

Former professional footballer Andy Booth visited Todmorden High School on bonfire night to officially open the brand new year 11 common room.

There was much excitement in the air as Andy cut the ribbon and the students got the first glance of their brand new facility which will be available to them outside lessons.

The main purpose of his visit was to present the school with a plaque recognising the brand new official school partnership between Huddersfield Town Football Club and Todmorden High School.

A number of the school’s football players came to meet with Andy and took advantage of the opportunity to ask an ex-professional some questions and get some advice.

Andy spoke with the students about his career which saw him play for the England under 21s, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham Hotspur.

When asked who is the most famous footballer he has met, Andy told the students that when he played for England, David Beckham was on the team at the same time.

Andy won four caps during his time playing for the England under 21s.

The students wanted to know what it felt like to play for the national team. Andy said: “It was the pinnacle of my career.

“When you put on that shirt and go out onto the pitch to hear your national anthem, it makes you really proud.

“It was the highlight of my career and I found it really interesting to play against other countries and experience an opposition team playing in different formations.”

Andy commented that the students were a credit to the school and he really enjoyed his time with us.

Talking about the partnership, Andy said: “It is great to team up with Todmorden High School Specialist Visual Arts College.

“Visiting schools is a key part of the school partnership and something that I really enjoy participating in.

“We look forward to working with the school more closely and developing the partnership.”