Crewe Alexandra were crowned the Professional Development League Two champions last night with a single-goal victory over Queens Park Rangers.
19-year-old Max Clayton scored the only goal for Crewe at Loftus Road.
Billy Waters and Brad Inman had the closest efforts on goal throughout a goalless first half.
Clayton, who has made over 30 appearances for England at youth level, netted a few minutes after the break.
Ajay Leitch-Smith provided the cross that Clayton turned on before firing past Joe Lumley in the QPR goal.
It could have been two if Lumley did not palm Waters’ 80th minute effort on to the post. Waters was searching for his 16th under-21 goal of the season.
The Professional Development League Two is the second tier of Under 21 football, the first being the Barclays U21 Premier League.
It seems as if the triumph for Crewe offers no promotion. They are a category two academy side and therefore cannot progress to the top division (which from 2014/15 will be the second division), which is made up of category one academies only.
Crewe have a rich history of producing young, talented players and Max Clayton is just one of those coming through the ranks who is sure to be a success.
Nick Powell, Rob Hulse and former England internationals Dean Ashton and Seth Johnson have all graduated from The Railwaymen’s academy.