The game against West Midlands will be at Wulfrunians Castlecroft Stadium on 28th of April, the day that pupils return to school from the Easter break.
All 21 players nominated below need to confirm their availability with team manager Gary Spruce by Thursday, 24th April using the usual email ...
the nominated 16 players should arrive at the ground in Wolverhampton between 6.00 - 6.15pm in readiness for a 7.00pm KO
1 FARR BEN
2 BOWMAN Dominic
3 DAVIES Ryan
4 FOX Morgan
5 DAVIES Rhys
6 WOOTEN Lewis
7 HUGHES Mark
8 CANDLIN Mitchell
9 WARA Scott
10 DUNNING Jacob
11 BROWN Jackson
12 COOPER Jamie
13 GLOVER Adam
14 HAYWARD Max
15 CAPEWELL Ed
16 BLAKEMAN Harry
STANDBY - non travelling reserves
Res MELVIN Jack
Res BRADBURY Owen
Res TOLLEY Josh
Res ARDEN Jack
Res GRZESIAK Jack
Staffordshire Under 18 boys progressed to the final of the Midland Counties federation Final after recording a 2-1 win against Humberside. The game was played at Stafford Town FC in near perfect conditions and despite having to wait due to the late arrival of Humberside, Staffordshire started very strongly.
Staffordshire's possesion game was working well and Alex Curtis caused panic in the Humberside rearguard every time he was in possession of the ball. Sam Golden was put through on goal with an exquisite pass from Liam Haycock but in trying to round the keeper he was crowded out and the chance had gone. Staffordshire continued to press and the odd flurry of activity in their own half was more than competently dealt with by a strong Staffordshire back line,
It came totally against the run of play when Humberside took the lead. Staffordshire were found wanting for the first time and poor decision making allowed Humberside to lead with a well taken goal. This knocked the confidence of the Staffordshire players and the welcome relief of the half time whistle allowed the management team an opportunity to iron out the minor gliches which had resulted in the first half deficit.
The first half of the second half was nip and tuck with both teams creating and spurning chances but Staffordshire levelled with a well worked goal finished clinically by Sam Golden. This was the fillip Staffordshire needed and substitute Louis Downes, who was having a greater influence on the game, scored the Staffordshire second goal with 8 minutes remaining.
Cue an aerial barrage from Humberside who threw the ball into the Staffordshire box at every opportunity and from every angle. Staffordshire stood strong and saw the game out winning 2-1 in a very keenly fought encounter.
The under 18 boys take on Humberside in the MCF semi final tomorrow night with a final waiting for the winners of Derbyshire or Shropshire.
Tomorrows game is at Stafford Town FC with a 6-00pm KO scheduled. Admission is £2adults and £1 concessions.
The FA did not live up to their promise and open the funding window on the 1st of April. There is also a new link
Get your applications in before this window closes so that as many schools as possible are readily equiped for the start of next season. The Premiere league window for applications for a new playing kit has just opened details are on the football foundation website in the funding section.
Staffordshire Schools FA under 18 Schools will host Humberside Schools in the semi final of the MCF cup at Stafford Town FC with a 6-00pm KO.
Staffordshire earned the right to host the semi final by winning the western division of the competition whilst Humberside by losing 3-1 at homw to Derbyshire in their final fixture finished as runners up in the Eastern Division on goal differnence.
Admission charges will be £2 and concessions at £1.
Manage mark Culverhouse will name his squad in the next 48 hours.
The next window for applications for funding 50% of the cost of goalposts for 9v9 funding is the 1st of April. Only the FA could have chosen that day. All under 12 football next season will be 9v9 so make sure that you get your application in early if you have not got goals already.
The above is the relevant reference for applications. If schools need advice then please contact the website.
Staffordshire Schools Football Association Cup final Dates
All matches at Stafford Town FC
St Edwards Middle v De Ferrers Tuesday 1st April KO 5-30pm
Under 13 Final
Landau Forte Amington v De Ferrers Tuesday 1st April KO 6-45pm
Under 14 Final
Repton v Cheslyn Hay Tuesday 29th April KO 5-30pm
Under 15 Final
Painsley v Cheslyn Hay Tuesday 29th April KO 7-00pm
Under 16 Final
Sir Thomas Boughy v King Edward VI Stafford Tuesday 8th April KO 6-45pm
Under 18 Final
Landau Forte v Codsall Tuesday 8th April KO 5-00pm
Under 13 Girls Final
De Ferrers v Clayton HS Monday 31st March KO 5-30pm
Under 16 Girls
St Margaret Ward v Landau Forte QEMS Monday 31st March KO 6-45pm
Our very own Anna King, a pupil at Wolgarston School in Penkridge, made her debut for England in an Under 15 Invitation International against the Republic of ireland at Maidstone United FC's Gallagher Stadium on Saturday. Anna started the game and was absolutely rock solid as the right full back. As an Association we can be extremely proud of Anna as she follows in the groundbreaking footsteps of Milly Elson and Holly Gibson who were the first Staffordshire girls selected to represent their country last year.
Girls can only be selected if they play County Football but a large share of the credit has to go to the Stoke City centre of excellence who have been instrumental in the progress and development of all three girls. The sound working relationship between the two organisations is certainly paying dividends for the girls and long may it continue.
A match report is on the ESFA website at