A MUM is going head to head with her own son – on the football pitch.
Teacher Jeanette Lennox is manager of Barnes Junior School’s Year 6 football team, which will take on St Mary’s RC Primary in the Sunderland schools’ Watson Cup finals tomorrow.
But her son, Joseph Lennox, 10, is an attacker in the St Mary’s team and will be playing in the match, leaving the proud mum with a dilemma.
She said: “It is a bit of divided loyalties really, but I will be shouting for Barnes.
“St Mary’s beat us earlier in the season, so they think they are going to do it again, but I have been building my boys up to the final.”
Jeanette said she only became involved in football because her own two sons, Joseph and his younger brother, Adam, eight, are so interested in it. They play in various teams and she is regularly on the pitch sidelines, cheering them on.
She agreed to take on the running of the Barnes Junior school team about a year ago.
She said: “We played St Benet’s RC School, Castletown Primary and Farringdon Primary to get through to the finals and then we found out we were playing against St Mary’s.”
Joseph’s team won’t be short of support with his dad, Jason, brother Adam and even his grandparents going along to the match, which is being held at Hasting Hill Primary School at 4pm.
Jeanette said there has been a bit of banter among the pupils, but the whole event is about having fun.
She said: “The pupils do take it in good fun. Everyone will be playing their best to try to win, but at the end of the day it is about having fun and hopefully everyone will enjoy themselves.”
Joseph said although he would like his team to win, he was taking his mum’s feelings into consideration as well.
He said: “I’m a bit nervous because it’s my Mam and I don’t want to make her sad by beating them. I’d be really happy if we won but I’d feel a bit sorry for my Mam’s team.”
And Joseph said the match will be a tough call.
He added: “To be quite honest I don’t know who will win. Last time we won them six - one but they have improved and improved so it’s a bit hard to say who it’s going to be.”