Kettering teachers hoping to give FA Cup lesson

Pupils from Kettering Buccleuch Academy get behind their teachers. Left to right: Brett Solkhon, Gary Mulligan and Eddie Odhiambo
Pupils from Kettering Buccleuch Academy get behind their teachers. Left to right: Brett Solkhon, Gary Mulligan and Eddie Odhiambo

Dozens of students from Kettering Buccleuch Academy are hoping to cheer on three members of staff to FA Cup success this weekend.

Brett Solkhon, Gary Mulligan and Eddie Odhiambo, who all work at the academy, play for Brackley Town, the lowest ranked team left in the competition.

On Saturday, 50 pupils will travel to Macclesfield to watch their teachers in action. And if Brackley avoid defeat, they will earn a place in the third round draw and the potential for a tie against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United.

Gary Mulligan, Eddie Odhiambo and Brett Solkhon, who all work at the academy, play for Brackley Town – the lowest ranked team left in the competition.

On Saturday, about 50 pupils will travel to Macclesfield to watch their teachers in action.

And if Brackley can avoid defeat, they will secure a place in the third round draw, potentially earning a glamour fixture against one of the big clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United.

Macclesfield Town play in the division above the Northamptonshire side, who took the scalp of Gillingham – three tiers above them – in the first round.

It was the first time the Saints had reached the second round of the FA Cup in their history.

Mulligan said: “It will be great. Brackley don’t get many away supporters.

“We are a confident bunch of lads. That win (over Gillingham) shows we can beat anyone.”

Odhiambo praised the initiative, adding: “It’s great how the club and the school are helping kids who can’t get to many games – it will keep them involved.

“We have got nothing to lose. It’s all on the day.”

The academy’s deputy principal Dino DiSalvo said: “What we are trying to do is for pupils to be inspired by the success on the pitch and beyond. What it demonstrates is hard work and discipline leads to reward.

“The whole academy is proud of what they have achieved so far.”