Leek Town Chairman Jon Eeles has praised the staff and volunteers after the club successfully hosted the England U16s V Spain U16s UEFA Development Tournament tie. The match was played on the same day club secretary Brian Wain died while on holiday.
The young Three Lions lost 5-1 but were watched by a crowd of 2,132. The game was opened to the public in an effort to get the players used to playing in front of crowds.
Leek have hosted the England team before in March last year when the U17s came to play Finland at Harrison Park.
The Chairman said: “Hosting such a high profile game is difficult enough, but the circumstances on the day regarding the passing of our secretary Brian Wain, made it all the more difficult.
“However, everyone pulled together and there was a real sense of community around the Club, a fitting tribute to Brian and Andy Wain who had put in so much hard work coming up to the game”.
The 2018 UEFA Under-17 European Championships will be held in England and specifically in the Midlands with Leek a likely venue.
Some of the venues confirmed so far are St. George’s Park, Loughborough University and the University of Warwick. Leek however, do have plans to host more internationals this year.