Rochdale's 16-Year-Old Goalscorer Luke Matheson Will Take Psychology Exam At School Today
Last year, a relatively unknown teenager walked into Trinity High School as Rochdale's youngest ever debutant, aged 15 years and 336 days.
Luke Matheson strolled into class that day with a Man of the Match award under his belt after playing an absolute blinder in the Checkatrade Trophy win over Bury.
It was a remarkable achievement for a player his age but now, with a number of first team appearances under his belt, the midfielder will take a Psychology exam after his incredible heroics at Old Trafford.
The 16-year-old scored a late equaliser against Manchester United in the EFL Cup this week, and helped the League One side reach a unprecedented penalty shoot-out.
Unfortunately for the underdogs, it just wasn't to be as United slotted away all of their spot-kicks.
But for a teenage Matheson, it was a night he will never forget, especially considering he should have been at school on Wednesday after a trip to Old Trafford got in the way.
Don't you just hate it when that happens.
After the full-time whistle, the youngster spoke of the importance of studying.
"I would have been at school today." he said. "I am going in tomorrow to make up for it when we have day off as I have a psychology test. I can't wait for that. I don't think I will sleep tonight.
"Rochdale and the school have been so supportive of me. I love learning; it is what I want to do.
"Football is not a guarantee. You never know what will happen. You could be the best player in the world but anything is possible.
"I want to have that back-up plan just in case."
Having a good week? Footballing pupil Luke Matheson from Trinity High School is! Played his first full match for his team @officiallydale on Tuesday and picked up a brilliant set of GCSE results today! Congratulations Luke!#GCSEResultsDay2019 pic.twitter.com/4mpaEAU7fT
- Manchester City Council (@ManCityCouncil) August 22, 2019
Matheson achieved top grades in his GCSE results earlier this year.
In total, he picked up 10 grades, including a grade 8 in GCSE PE, a 9 in history, 8s in Chemistry, Physics and R.E, 7s in English Language, Maths and Biology, a 6 in Spanish and a 5 in English literature.
Reflecting on what an amazing year he's had on and off the pitch, he told the Manchester Evening News:
"Everything has happened so fast. I am so lucky. You do have to have some sort of skill but it just takes dedication.
"I have made a lot of sacrifices. I've stayed at home instead of going out with friends so I can do some extra training.
"It's been 100 per cent worth it and Rochdale have been amazing. Without Rochdale, I would be nothing. I've got them to thank for everything."
Now that is what you call dedication. Well played, young man.