Rochdale teenager sits exam morning after Man Utd equaliser

Will Ford

16-year-old schoolboy Luke Matheson, whose equaliser for Rochdale rocked Manchester United in the EFL Cup, was back in class this morning to take a psychology exam.

Luke Matheson explained how there was little chance of his sudden stardom going to his head as he is still prioritising his A-levels at Trinity C of E School in Hulme, just four miles from Old Trafford, the Telegraph reports.

His scored the equaliser on a dramatic night which saw Rochdale eventually beaten on penalties in the EFL Cup.

“I struck it and it hit the roof of the net and my body just took over,” he said.

“I sprinted to the Dale fans and did knee slide. I thought I was going to go down the hill…It’s a special, special moment. A dream come true for anyone.”

The teenager was reluctant to take Wednesday off school to prepare for the cup tie.

He said: “I am going in tomorrow to make up for it, I have a psychology test…I can’t wait for that.”

The right back is in the first year of his A-levels, taking psychology, history and sociology, having passed 10 GCSE’s last year.

“Education is something I am very fond of, I love it.

“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.”

“It will be nice when everyone comes up to me and says ‘you scored against United’,” he added.

“Most of my best mates are United fans,” he said. “I have not turned my phone on yet. I am dreading it. I can’t wait.”

“I don’t think I will sleep tonight,” he said. “It is what I do. I go in once a week and try to go in more if possible, depending on training. It is what I have done for 10 years of my life. It is no different. I just play football a bit more now.”

Matheson expressed his gratitude to Rochdale manager – Brian Barry-Murphy – and his teachers.

“They’re all incredibly supportive people,” he said. “They’re just so supportive. I couldn’t actually ask for them to do any more.

“Trinity have actually sort of made their timetable around me to accommodate what I want to do. Rochdale have allowed to do the A-levels so I just cannot thank them enough for supporting me for what I have chosen to do.”