.Are you good enough to play for Staffordshire?
The County Schools FA will be announcing their trial dates at the end of this week. Nomination forms will be going into schools and teachers will be asked to nominate players who are of the required standard. Staffordshire run six teams, U14, 15, 16, 18 Boys and U14, 16 Girls.
Girls in particular who play for clubs and especially those in the excellence or development programme, should tell their teachers as the chances are that they do not know as so few schools run girls teams. Boys who are registered with pro clubs can play County football and their clubs are not allowed to prevent them from doing so despite wht they may say. There is a memorandum of agreement betweeen the FA and the ESFA which gives school activities priority.
Players who represented the County last year will not be required to attend the first trials as the managers know their capabilities and they will be invited to the second trials in September.
There is a ful programme of matches for all teams as well as national competitions giving players lifelong experiences.
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It is quite pleasing to have had over 20 entries so far but it still means that just over 20% of Staffordshire schools have entered the competitions , which offer schools the opportunity to play fixtures against schools that they would normally not meet.
Listed below are the schools which have entered highlighted and hopefully lots of other schools will avail themselves of the chance to play in these excellent competitions.
Alleyne's High School, Stone,
Biddulph High School, Knypersley,
Bilbrook CofE Middle School, Codsall,
Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College,
Blessed William Howard Catholic School, Stafford,
Blythe Bridge High School, Blythe Bridge,
Brewood CofE Middle School, Brewood,
Cannock Chase High School, Cannock,
Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School, Cannock,
Chase Grammar School, Cannock,
Chase Terrace Technology College, Burntwood,
Cheslyn Hay High School, Cheslyn Hay,
Chesterton Community Sports College, Chesterton,
Christ Church CofE Middle School, Stone,
Churnet View Middle School, Leek,
Clayton High School, Newcastle-under-Lyme,
King's School, Kidsgrove,
Codsall Community High School, Codsall,
Codsall Middle School, Codsall,
De Ferrers Academy, Burton-on-Trent,
Edgecliff High School, Kinver,
Endon High School, Endon,
Erasmus Darwin Academy, Burntwood,
Fair Oak Academy, Rugeley,
Great Wyrley Performing Arts High School, Great Wyrley,
Hagley Park Academy, Rugeley,
James Bateman Junior High School, Knypersley,
John Taylor High School, Barton-under-Needwood,
King Edward VI High School, Stafford,
King Edward VI School Lichfield, Lichfield,
Kingsmead Technology College, Hednesford,
Landau Forte Academy Amington, Amington,
Landau Forte Academy QEMS, Tamworth,
Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form, Tamworth,
Leek High Specialist Technology School, Leek,
Madeley High School, Madeley,
Moorside High School, Werrington,
NCHS - The Science College, Newcastle-under-Lyme,
Nether Stowe High School, Lichfield,
Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Newcastle,
Norton Canes High School, Norton Canes,
Oldfields Hall Middle School, Uttoxeter,
Ounsdale High School, Wombourne,
Paget High School, Branston,
Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle,
Paulet High School, Stapenhill,
Penkridge Middle School, Penkridge,
Perton Middle School, Perton,
Repton School, Burton
Ryecroft CofE Middle School, Rocester,
Sir Graham Balfour High School, Stafford,
Sir Thomas Boughey High School, Halmer End,
St Edward's CofE Academy, Leek,
St John Fisher Catholic High School, Newcastle,
Stafford Grammar School, Stafford,
Stafford Sports College, Stafford,
Staffordshire University Academy, Hednesford,
Tamworth Enterprise College, Tamworth,
The Cheadle Academy, Cheadle,
The Friary School, Lichfield,
The JCB Academy, Uttoxeter,
The JCB Academy, Rocester,
The Rawlett School, Tamworth,
The Rural Enterprise Academy, Penkridge,
Thomas Alleyne's High School, Uttoxeter,
University Academy Kidsgrove, Kidsgrove,
Walton High School, Walton-on-the-Hill,
Walton Priory Middle School, Walton,
Weston Road Academy, Stafford,
Westwood College, Leek,
Wilnecote High School, Wilnecote,
Windsor Park CofE Middle School, Uttoxeter,
Wolgarston High School, Penkridge,
Wolstanton High School, Newcastle-under-Lyme,
Woodhouse Middle School, Biddulph,
Landau Forte Academy QEMS, Tamworth,
Moorlands Sixth Form College, Cheadle, sixth form college
Rugeley Sixth Form Academy, Rugeley, sixth form college
Chasetown Community School, Chasetown,
Burton & South Derbyshire College, Burton on Trent, fe college
Buxton and Leek College of Further Education, Leek, fe college
Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Newcastle under Lyme,
Haywood HS, Stoke
St Peters Academy, Stoke
St Margaret Ward,Stoke
Holden Lane, Stoke
Birches Head, Stoke
Ormiston Horizon Academy, Stoke
Coop Academy, Stoke
Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Stoke
Thistley Hough, Stoke
Discovery Academy, Stoke
St Thomas More College, Stoke
St Josephs College, Stoke
The curtain came down on the Staffordshire season in a disappointing fashion with a 6-1 mauling for the Under 18 boys against national champions Humberside in the final of the MCF cup. The game played in Nottinghamshire on a beautiful evening started brightly for Staffordshire who, after a defensive mix up, led inside the first five minutes.
Five minutes later Humberside were level when a harsh penalty was awarded and minutes later it was three one after two disastrous defensive errors. Humberside went further ahead with a well taken goal to leave Staffordshire a mountain to climb just to maintain a semblance of respectability.
To their credit Staffordshire responded well and gave a far better account of themselves in the second half but two goals in the final minute gave the score a lopsided look as the Staffordshire boys had responded to their management teams urgings in the second half.
The positives to be taken out of the game were that the Stafffordshire squad were very inexperienced at County level and 13 of the eighteen players are available next season.
The Under 18 Boys bid to emulate the girls teams by retaining their MCF crown when they meet Humberside SFA in the MCF final on Thursday in Nottingham. This will be a tough test as Humberside are the national Champions but the Staffordshire boys will provide a real test if they play to their true potential.
The game is being played at the poplars sports ground in Burton Joyce with a 6-15 KO, Postcode is NG14 5AN
Manager mark Culverhouse has named the following squad for the game;
Staffordshire Team to be selected from: School/College
GK BRANDON McELENY King Edwards VI – Stafford
2 ALEX RUSSON Codsall High
3 BEN DOUGLAS Stafford College
4 GEORGE DIXON Stafford College
5 KALUM BETTS Codsall High
6 OLIVER RITCHIE Thomas Alleynes
7 KEENAN POWELL Stafford College
8 MALAKI NORFORD Stafford College
9 WILL CARNEY (Capt) Thomas Alleynes
10 MACAULEY ROWE Moorlands 6th Form
11 JACK ALEXANDER MMU
12 CALLUM STREET King Edwards VI – Lichfield
14 RYAN NESBITT Stafford College
15 JACOB CAMPBELL Moorlands 6th Fom
16 FLETCHER RUSHTON Painsley
17 ALBIE HILTON JONES Endon
18 JOE MINToN University Academy Kidsgrove
GK STEVEN O'SULLIVAN King Edwards VI - Lichfield
Staffordshire Under 16 Girls followed closely in the footsteps of their Under 14 counterparts with a resounding victory over Derbyshire in the final of the MCF to bring down the curtain on what has been an outstanding season for the girls. They played nine games and the only defeat came at the hands of Cheshire in the quarter final of the ESFA Trophy, and that after extra time and penalties.
The final took place at South Normanton FC on lovely spring evening in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Staffordshire attacked from the start and it was clear from an early stage that it would be a hard night for the Derbyshire girls. After a series of raids Anna King arrived late in the box to see a wonderful header smack the crossbar and rebound to safety. The precise delivery from Holly Gibson was repeated five minutes later but this time the Derbyshire keeper made an error of judgement and Staffordshire led. It seemed as if it would only be a matter of time before Stafffordshire would increase their lead but surprisingly a needlessly conceded corner resulted in a scramble near the goaline and Derbyshire forced the ball home to level the scores,
Staffordshire went close twice before a clinical finish from Shania Hales restored their advantage and when Kelsey Richardson was allowed time to bring the ball down in the area she made no mistake from 8 yards to give Staffordshire a nice cushion and a 3-1 half time lead.
The second half was a mirror of the first with Derbyshire playing for pride but a defining moment came shortly after the break when Derbyshire and England International Katy Gigg smashed the ball from 35 yards spotting Charlotte Clarke off her line but Charlotte backpeddling, pulled off a superb save to keep the two goal margin and a strong base which allowed the Staffordshire players to express themselves and play some excellent attacking football.
They were rewarded with further goals from Holly Gibson and Shania Hales to run out comfortable winners by 5-1.This was just reward for the disappointments in cup competitions where the girls have been close to winning a title but have just been foiled at the last.
Below are some photographs of the Staffordshire girls and their parents who have been absolutely outstanding in support of their daughters. Severl of the girls played their final game for Stafffordshire and we wish Holly Gibson, Hannah Price, Ria Elsmore, Holly Nelson, Tia Lander and Kelsey Richardson every success with their examinations and their future footballing careers.
The under 14 Girls celebrate their achievement.
The Under 14 Girls season came to a more than satisfactory conclusion in the past ten days.
The Under Girls played Shropshire at Stafford Town FC on the 8th of May in a game which would decide the Midland Counties Federation title and Staffordshire knew going into the game that nothing but victory would suffice, anything less and Worcestershire would lay claim to the spoils.
Understandably Staffordshire were a little hesitant and the game was played very cautiously without either side posing a real threat. As the game settled down Staffordshire began to become the dominant force and just before half time gained the advantage with a well taken goal that calmed the nerves.1-0 at half time and one hand on the trophy.
The second half began well for Staffordshire and they constantly posed a threat going forward but as nerves crept in Shropshire began to get a foothold in the game and after a period where Staffordshire kept giving away possession it was no surprise to see Shropshire draw level. They were having their best spell of the game and came agonisingly close to moving ahead when a cross shot drifted inches wide of the far post.
Driven on by skipper Molly Bruton a piece of magical finishing from Shev Watson put Staffordshire ahead and a third goal quickly followed to give Staffordshire some breathing space. Shropshire to their credit never gave up the fight and when they scored a second a minute from time their were some nervy moments before the final whistle.
Staffordshire's 3-2 victory gave then the title of Midland Counties Champions, a first for a girls team in Staffordshire and great credit must go to manager David Ebberson and the girls, not forgetting the magnificent support that the parents have given throughout the season.
The following squad have been selected by coach Kieran Newey to play Debyshire in the Midland Counties final at South Normanton Athletic FC on Wednesday 13th of May KO 7-00pm
They will be hoping to lift the trophy for the first time in Staffordshire's history and to add to the league title won by the Under 14 girls last week.
Players are asked to reportto the ground as near to six as possible and usual dress code applies.