Both the boys and girls Under 14 teams have been drawn at Home to play Mersyside Schools FA in their respective ESFA competitions. The girls will host the first game on the 7th of January with a 7-00pm KO at Stafford Town FC and the same venue will host the boys with the same KO time on Wednesday 14th of January.
Manager David Ebberson wil post both squads later today.
The Staffordshire Under 15 Boys entertained Northamptonshire at Stafford Town last night. The side was ravaged by injuries and illness but put up an excellent showing, going down by 2-0, to a physically strong Northamptonshire outfit.
The game was played in an excellent spirit and the skill levels of both teams was high. Staffordshire continue to improve ant the elusive first win is long overdue.
The Under 14 Girls were given a bye in their second rouns ESFA tie as greater Manchester withdrew from the competition. The draw for the quarter finals has been made and Staffordshire face the winners of the Merseyside /Worcestershire tie, due to be played on the 17th of December. This game is due to be played on or before the 19th January.
The calender for the new year will be on the website in the next day or so.
Apologies for any confusion regarding the Under 14 Girls. Staffordshire offered Monday night, 15th December, to three counties but they all refused the date for a variety of reasons. As the pitch was booked the under 15 boys were able to play a game against Northamptonshire who were able to accept the date.
On Sunday four Staffordshire girls will be bidding to secure a place in the England Under 15 Schools squad. The final trial takes place at Stafford Town FC with an 11-30 KO. Anna King (Wolgarston), who played last season, will be bidding to keep her place, Alex Buck (King EdwardVI Lichfield), Hannah Hampton (Kingsmead) and Phoebe Warner (Ounsdale) all have the best wishes of their County Colleagues and management team in their quest for International Honours.
Whatever the outcome it is still a great achievement to reach the last 32 in the Country and illustrates the strength in depth of the current Staffordshire squads. It should also act as an incentive to all girls who play football in Staffordshire to try and first of all reach the County squad and then prove, by performance that regional and International honours are attainable.
Staffordshire have provided three girls to the International Squad, which has only been in existence for four years and we hope that there will be many more girls following in the footsteps of Milly Elson, Hollie Gibson and Anna King.
The players named below need to confirm their availabilityasap withmanager Gary Spruce at the e mail address provided. Usual dress code applies. County ties will be available for sale. Admissionwill be £3 for adults and £1 concessions.
1 HARRY BLAKEMAN
2 CALLUM WOOLLEY
3 DOM BOWMAN
4 ELLIOT SIBLEY
5 RYAN HANLON
6 JACKSON BROWN
7 WILL BYERS
8 AARON HERITAGE
9 MITCH CANDLIN
10 JACOB DUNNING
11 OLIVER FRIEDL
12 MARK HUGHES
13 OLIVER BUTLER
14 JAKE CAWKWELL
15 CONRAN JOYCE
16 BEN FARR
17 BRADLEY EDDINGTON
standby ... Jack Melvin / Rhys Davies / Tom Riley
The Under 15 Boys will meet Northamptonshire in an NCF Fixture at Staffford Town on Monday 15th of December KO 7-00pm.
Manager Gary Spruce will name the squad later today and it will be posted as soon as it has been named.
All squad members should visit the site to keep aware of the situation.
On Monday the under 14 squad travelled to Wolverhampton to meet West Midland in a MCF fixture. Manager David Ebberson is still experimenting to find his best XI and formation. The game played at Old Wulfrunians started with a bang and Staffordshire were ahead within minutes of the kick off. An explosive 20yard piledriver saw Staffordshire lead but they werepegged back when West Midlands worked a good opening to draw level.
The game was being played at a high tempo but the quality of football from both sides was a joy to behold. West Midlands nudged ahead but Staffordshire equalised with another stunning strike to send the teams in at half time all square,
West Midlands regained the lead midway through the second half and though both teams had opportunities to add to their tallies the game finished with a 3-2 scoreline in favour of West Midlands.
The game has been called off after mutual agreement between the sides with both having availability issues. The game will be re-arranged for the early part of 2015.
All players should visit the website regularly as a game is a possibility before the Christmas break.
Manager David Ebberson names his squad and details of the game on Monday 1st December at AFC Wulfrunians.
Staffs. v West Mids
5.45 PM Meet
Blight Mawgan Ormiston Sir SM
Bromfield Jack Trentham HS
Callaghan Kane STB
Campbell Luke STB
Hall Owen De Ferrers Academy
Hinks Alfie Wilnecote
Khayat Tim Blessed William
Leak Tom Erasmus darwin
Mallen Alfie Cannock Chase
Pegg Chandler Landau forte Am
Porter Callum De Ferrers Academy
Sharp Alistair Robert Sutton
Taylor Jack De Ferrers Academy
Terry Oliver Rawlett
Watts Davy Landau forte Am
Walton Sam Friary
The Under 18's crashed out of the ESFA Inter County Trophy last night, suffering a bruising 5-0 defeat , with all the Greater Manchester goals coming in the second half.Staffordshire looked the better side in the first half and controlled long periods of possesssion with good passing and movement. They were unable to turn this superiority into goals and warning signs began to flash in the latter stages of the first half when Manchester stepped up a gear and began to apply their own presssure.
The second half was much the same at the beginning but when Manchester scored from a needlessly conceded set piece the floodgates opened and two further goals in a six minute spell effectively ended the game as a contest. A raft of substitutions caused the game to become disjointed but Manchester added two further goals in the latter stages of the game, running out comfortable winners and earning a home tie in the next round against Humberside SFA.
The Staffordshire management team learned a great deal about their players and improvement will be required to gain positive results in the MCF competition.
The Under 15's travelled to play West Midlands at Wolverhampton Casuals and returned pointless but in much better shape than last season where they were soundly beaten by 5-0.
Manager Gary Spruce was heartned by a good performance and a missed opportunity late in the game denied Staffordshire an equaliser and they lost by the odd goal in three. A goal from Jacob Dunning was scant reward for an effort full of grit and determination. The next scheduled match for the Under 15's will be published on the website as soon as it is confirmed.
The Under !8 boys, the Under 14 Boys and girls are all in action this coming week.The Under 18 boys will face a very strong Greater Manchester side at Brocton FC on Monday 17th KO 7-00pm. Admission is £3 for adults and £1 concessions. The winners of the tie will have a home fixture against Humberside SFA.
The Under 14 boys travel to AFC Wulfrunians for a MCF fixture hoping to improve on last weeks reverse at Shrewsbury and the Under 14 girls travel to Congleton Town FC to play Cheshire in friendly fixture before they begin their MCF and ESFA campaigns.
The game will be played at Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Rd, Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ.
Players to meet at 6-00pm with the usual dress code to apply.
ALL players parents need to confirm availability with the manager by Monday 17th at the latest. If you suffer an injury or are a doubt/not available, please let the management know as early as possible to allow another player to be put on standby.
Jai Berry (C)
Manager David Ebberson has named a large squad for the game against Cheshire. He will then select 16 girls for the game against Worcestershire in the Midland Counties Federation the following week.It will be good to finally see the girls in action after a long wait but other Counties were not ready to play their fixtures. The squad will play Greater Manchester Away in the national competition.
Players who need a release letter to exit school early for the matches should make contact through the website.
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 get their parents/guardians to send the following details to the website contact address as soon as possible.
Name of player and parent date of birth, school, e mail address, mobile telephone number ,home number, school/college attended, address.
This will show that your parent/guardian has 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 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.
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.