After a high quality trial match yesterday at Brocton FC managers Mark Culverhouse and Greg Valentine have named the following squad for the forthcoming Under 18 programme.
All players named below must send the following details to the website contact address as soon as possible.
Name, date of birth, school, e mail address, mobile telephone number ,home number, school/college attended, address.
This will show that you have seen the notice of the squad publication.
Congratulations to all boys selected and those who have missed out will be called upon if there are injuries or unavailability throughout the season.
The Under 16 girls will play Worcestershire SFA on Wednesday 5th of November at Stafford Town FC with a 7-00pm KO.
This is the first match in the quest for qualification for the national competition as well as the first game in the Midlands Counties East league, a league in which Staffordshire had a 100% record last season.
The squad named below need to report to the ground for 6-00pm, usual dress code applies. Those on standby will be contacted in case of injury or unavailability of the selected players.All players will need to confirm their availability by Saturday evening through the usual e mail to John.
Admission will be £3 for adults and £1 concessions.
Manager David Ebberson names the squad and details of the match for 5th of November aagainst Shropshire.
Dress code is School Uniform.
7pm KO, players to arrive by 6pm in usual dress code (shirt/tie or school uniform).
Players named below must contact the manager at email@example.com no later than Thursday 30th October to confirm availability. Any players not confirmed by this date will be withdrawn/replaced. With this is mind, ALL squad players should keep an eye on their email in case further squad changes are needed.
Jai Berry (C)
The management of the Under 18 team are holding an extra session on Thursday 30th of October at Brocton FC starting at 1-00pm. Anyone who wishes to be considered should make contact with the website and leave a contact e mail and a brief playing CV.
Anyone in post 16 education is eligible and in particular those at Colleges, where in a lot of cases there are no nominations, and boys are denied the chance of playing representative football.
As half term approaches the Staffordshire squads have played their way into the season nicely with only the Under 18 Boys and Under 14 girls side to still get underway.
The Under 16 boys beat Newcastle College U17's but lost by the odd goal in five to Shropshire in their first Midland Counties Federation fixture. They will need to improve if they are to progress in the ESFA competition when they meet Cheshire after half term.
The Under 16 Girls started well with a comfortable 4-2 win against Burton Albion and drew their second fixture 2-2 with Worcestershire in an enthralling game at Evans Park. They meet again in the ESFA competition in November.
Repton provided the opposition for a final trial for the Under 15's and after looking strong and leading 2-0 they fell away to concede four late goals. Manager Gary Spruce is convinced that the group will be stronger than last season as they search for their first win.
The Under 14 squad played their first competitive match against Warwickshire and drew 1-1 in a very entertaining game but one which Staffordshire should have won comfortably on the chances created in the first half alone. A stunning strike by Davy Watts levelled the scores after a defensive lapse allowed Warwickshire the lead with their first meaningful attack.The crossbar and two stunning saves by the opposition guardian kept the scores level and despite a more even second half Staffordshire may come to rue a missed opportunity to start their league programme with a win.
The management team have decided to name a squad of 23 players from whom a match day squad of 16 will be selected. The thinking behind this is that because of injuries and unavailability as well as trying to keep as many players involved as possible, there will be more flexibility and options available to the coach.
It was also incredibly difficult to single out players for omission as there is little to choose between some players and as a consequence a large squad has been selected.
The first competitive match of the season is on Wednesday the 5th of November. A squad of 16 will be named with three players on standby incase of injuries or unavailability.
Thanks to all players who trialled and have not made the squad.
Manager David Ebberson has named his squad and the details of their first competitive fixture .
Under 14 County Match: Staffordshire v Warwickshire
Wednesday 22nd October
Stafford Town FC, Riverway, Stafford, ST18
5.45PM (latest) Meet at the ground, 7PM Kick Off
Please arrive in school uniform & bring undershirt & raincoat/wear.
Due to the weather forecast for the week please check the website before travelling.
There will be an admission charge of £3 for adults and £1 concessions for spectators.
County ties will be available to purchase at £10.
The squad for the match is;
Managers Gary Spruce and Neil Davies send the following message:
Many thanks to all the boys who have taken part in the U15 trials this year. Difficult decisions have been made but the squad outlined is the 22 we are moving forward with.
The County programme has begun in earnest and last night the Under 16 boys became the first group to play a competitive game in the MCF competition. Played at Stafford town in monsoon conditions Staffordshire came up against an excellent Worcestershire side who twice came from behind to record a fine 3-2 win. Staffordhire will rue missed chances and point to the injury of centre back Joe Minton as being a key factor in their defet but after leading twice they were unable to hold onto their lead for more than a few minutes, allowing Worcestershire to respond immediately.
It was a game full of quality and excellent football, a real advert for all that is good in School's football with a team of young officials also enjoying the experience. Staffordshire will need to improve if they are to test Cheshire in their national cup fixture at Stafford Town on the 12th of November.
On Saturday the Under 15 squad, minus the Cannock contingent, travelled to play Repton Under 16's in an annual fixture. Following a very cagy first half which saw no goals Staffordshire scored twice early in the second half to race into a 2-0 lead. As the game wore on Repton's superior strength began to cause problems and when awarded a penalty, which when converted reduced the defici,t Staffordshire were on the back foot. They could have won the game but missed an open goal and then saw a rasping shot clip the crossbar. This miss was to prove decisive as last seasons defensive frailties raised their ugly head and three goals conceded in the last ten minutes gave Repton a scoreline which did not reflect the true nature of the game.
An Under 16 Girls XI hosted Worcestershire at Stafford Town and a game of high quality and excitement resulted in a 2-2 draw. Worcestershire twice struck the bar whilst the Worcestershire keeper denied Staffordshire three times with point blank saves. Both teams looked strong and the competitive fixtures between the two sides should be full of interest in the coming months.
Tonightthe Under 16 squad take on Worcestershire in a MCF fixture at Stafford Town FC with a 7-00pm KO Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. Due to the weather forecast being so poor please check the website before you travel.
The Under 14 Boys will have a final trial/training session on Friday at Thomas Alleynes School in Uttoxeter before selection for their first competitive game against Warwickshire in the Midland Counties Federation league.
The Under 14 girls have two fixtures confirmed in November.
Manager Gary Spruce hopes to name the Under 15 squad by the end of this week.
The Under 16 Girls squad will be named in the next day or so.
Several Staffordshire girls took part in the Midlands Trials for the England Schools Under 15 International squad. The competition was fierce but all of our girls performed well and they will now await a letter from ESFA to see if they have made progress to the next stage of the process.
There is still no news of further trials for the Under 18 squad although there may be a trial this Friday night at Brocton FC.
The proposed game for the Under 14 girls which was on the calender has had to be postponed due to the team manager being unavailable. There is a possibility that the Under 14 boys may play Warwickshire in a MCF fixture on the 22nd of October at Stafford Town FC. This will be confirmed later in the week along with the possibility of a session on Friday night after school, starting at 4-00pm at a venue to be decided.
Please follow the website carefully as things may change and all information will be posted here as soon as itis confirmed.
The Under 14 Girls have 2 games confirmed. November 19th v Cheshire at Congleton Town FC and on the 24th of November at Littleton FC against Worcestershire in the NCF competition.
Manager Gary Spruce sends this message,
All players should confirm their availability by emailing Gary Spruce at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 7pm
There are many Cannock based players unavailable due to a District fixture against Coventry so final county squad selection will take place after this weekend
The Under 16 Boys begin their Midland Federation programme with a home game against Worcestershire on Wednesday 15th of October at Stafford Town FC.
Admission costs will be £3 for adults and £1 concessions.
Details of squad and arrangements cab be found below.
Stafffordshire Schools FA Under 15 squad will play Repton School on Saturday 11th of October at Repton School KO 2-15.
Manager Gary Spruce will name the squad for the game tonight and the names will appear on the website this evening.
The arrangements for the game are that players selected will meet at the swimming pool car park at 1-00/1--15pm wearing school uniform. They will need boots pads and a towel. All other equipment will be provided.
This is a map reference for the school.
The Under 16 girls continue their preparation with a friendly game against MCF rivals Worcestershire at Stafford Town FC on Monday 6th of October with a 7-00pm KO.
The players named below are to meet at 6-00pm. Usual dress code applies.
Shania Hales shone in a 4-2 victory over Burton College at Stafford Town FC last night with a hat trick and an assist for Charlotte Friesners fourth goal but it was debutant Phoebe Warner who stole the show with an ultra confidant display which allowed her to demonstrate he full range of skills.
The first halfwas played in a deluge of biblical proportions and with the ground being so hard it helped the ball zip off the surface and was of immense benefit to those with a sure touch. Staffordshire were in total contro; of the game in the first half and the passig and movement at times was exquisite. With Sam Richards and Phoebe Warner pulling the strings wing backs Ellie Bruton and Sofie liggens were given licence to pile forward in support of their strikers. Several chances came and went before some great build up play saw Warner feed Shania Hales who dispatched the ball past a flailing Burton keeper.
Minutes later the lead was doubled when Ellie Bruton made a superb run down the right and sent in an inviting cross which Hales rammed in fron six yards.Burton worked hard but Staffordshire kept possession well and Alex Buck and Ria Elsmore at centre half both looked comfortable bringing the ball out and starting attacks from deep.
The only sour note of the first half was a sloppy moment when lost possession allowed Burton to break and a lofted shot completely deceived keeper Charley Lee. 2-1 half time..
Burton weremuch better i the second half and levelled with a really well struck shot from the edge of the area and custodian Clarke almost kept out with a despairing dive. The changes in Burton personnel disrupted the free flowing play displayed in the first half but i the last fifteen minutes Staffordshire put the game to bed with another two good goals, one from Shania Hales who then set up Charlotte Friesner after a great cut back.
A well deserved win and a bright outlook for future games to come
The Under 18 boys squad is in action against the Staffordshire County FA tomorrow, Sunday 28th at Walsall Wood FC with a 2-00pm KO
An Under 16 Girls XI will take on Burton College XI as part of the trials process at Stafford Town FC on Monday 29th of September with a 7-00pm KO.
Admission to the game is £3 and £1 for concessions. The increase in cost from last season is to try and help negate the increase in ground hire and the loss of grany aid which means that the Association is running on a shoestring budget.
Any person or company who may be interested in supporting the Association is asked to get in toucj through the website.
Over the past years several boys from the Staffordshire Under 18 squads have crossed the big pond to study in the USA on football scholarships. Last year Liam Haycock, a key member of the winning Midland Counties squad, was rewarded for his hard work and dedication with a scholarship to DC University in Washington and has written to tell of how he is getting on in the States.
His e mail to Staffordshire Schools FA is printed below and hopefully we will receive regular updates on his progress.
The girls named below will be invited to take partin a final session before the selection of the squad for season 2014-15.
Players and parents should look at the website reglarly for updates and new information.