Welcoming him to the school, chair of governors Peter Davies underlined Eddie Gray’s long personal association with the school, both as a father and grandfather.
Head boy Myles Kirk and head girl Emily Pye reminded parents and students of Eddie Gray’s status in football.
One of a tiny number of footballers inducted into both the Scottish Hall of Fame and its England equivalent, Eddie Gray is credited with scoring the greatest Leeds United goal of all time – the same goal (his second against Burnley in 1970) is ranked by The Times in the top five in the history of world football.
He gave an inspiring, amusing and heart-warming address about the joy and pain of professional sport. Making the best of whatever talent you have, will bring its own rewards.
Head teacher Rob Pritchard added his own words of welcome and reported on St John Fisher’s “phenomenal” success in the recent summer exams.
The GCSE results placed the school as the highest achieving non-selective school in the whole of Yorkshire.
He congratulated the students on their achievements and thanked the staff in making it possible. Peter Davies also thanked the Parents’ Association for its support.
The new minibus, provided by the association, has been a fantastic asset for the school and the eagerly awaited new state-of-the-art football surface has also been a major community effort.