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.
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"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.
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