MORE than just Catholic sporting excellence was on show last weekend when Liverpool's Ian Rush slipped the ball past Sunderland's goalkeeper Tony Norman to seal Liverpool's victory in the FA Cup Final for both players went to the same Catholic secondary school.
Liverpool's star goal-scorer Rush was a pupil at St Richard Gwyn High School in Flint, Clwyd, just three years below his opponent Tony Norman.
But old school rivalries must have been the last thing on his mind when he slotted home the second goal of the afternoon in front of a capacity 80,000 crowd at Wembley to clinch the cup for the Merseyside team.
Head of PE at the school, Glyn Owen, remembers coaching both players as pupils. "We never had enough for a rugby team, so I would say to Rushie that if he wanted to play football he also had to play rugby!"
He recalls that Rush now one of England's best strikers and a Welsh international was once told by a teacher at St Richard Gwyn: "You get on with your Geography, lad you don't make a living out of football."
Both Rush and Norman represented the school at athletics and rugby as well as football, and played in the Great Britain Catholic Schools' team before embarking on their professional careers.
Mr Owen says that he nearly didn't make it to the match to see his boys "I only managed to get a ticket at the last minute!"