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They play between prayers

The game of soccer, some say, originated 11 centuries ago in England, when a few dedicated youths started kicking around the head of a Dane who had been captured while raiding one of the coastal villages. The dedicated soccer players (above) probably would not go that far to obtain a ball, but they do approach the game just as enthusiastically. All are seminarians at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic training college in Up Holland, Lancashire, and they have not been beaten in two years. "We'd like to play even more," sighs Center Half Denis Cunningham, the team captain, "but our studies keep us too busy."

While St. Joseph's seminarians do most of their booting against other religious institutions, they have the manpower to compete against town teams as well. One of the center forwards who keeps them winning in this faster company is another Cunningham, Martin (far right), a former Irish Rugby Union player, whose studies, apparently, have further educated his toe. One of the team's stars is Goalie Michael McKenna, who regards each goal scored against him as an offense against charity. The St. Joseph's players are always perfect gentlemen on the field. "They do not answer back," says a satisfied official, "and they never—well, they hardly ever—foul."