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Feb 21, 2017

The Under 16 Girls squad are in action next week when they meet near neighbours Cheshire in an Invitation fixture on Monday 27th February. The girls have already qualified for the MCF semi finals but need to beat Worcestershire to try and top their group to gain a home fixture.

This game will be ideal preparation for the squad named below. The game is at Stafford Town FC with a 7-00pm KO and usual dress code applies. There will be an admission charge of £3 adults and £1 concessions.

Tiffany Whelan

Grace Tolmie

Beth Roberts

Molly Bruton

Jenny Hesketh

Sophie Corden

Lydia Burgess

Tasia Brough

Chloe Williams

Demi McCalliog

Nuala Miskiel

Charlie Bragenca

Hannah Hampton

Sophie Howe

Shev Watson

Courtney Ward

Naomi McCallion

Under 14 Girls skipper Gemma Lawley is currently in Portugal with the ESFA England u 15 Girls squad on a warm weathe training camp as preparation for their invitation match against Ireland in Dublin in March.

Under 18 goalkeeper Aiden Stone played in two matches for the England Schools squad last week as part of his preparation for the upcoming Centenary Shield programme. We wish both Gemma and Aiden well in their forthcoming games.

Hannah Hampton who plays for the Under 16 Girls squad as a centre forward will be representing EnglandUnder 17's this week as a goalkeeper, a young lady with many talents on the football field. The game is at Hednesford Town FC on Thursday with a 2-00pm KO, so if you have some free time during the half term break go to the game and give Hannah some support.

Feb 18, 2017

Staffordshire Under 16 Boys reached the final of the ESFA Inter County Trophy with a resounding 4-0 win over Norfolk at Stafford Town FC .

Staffordshire faced an extremely physical Norfolk side in the Semi Final with the Norfolk players being taller and heavier in almost every position. Staffordshire started with a breeze at their back and after some initial skirmished with the ball being turned over by both sides Norfolk almost took a shock lead. A throw in that had Rory Delap's trademark caught the Staffordshire defence napping and only a good block to concede the corner prevented a goal.

That was one of the few times that Staffordshire 's back line looked like being breached and the defensive unit were outstanding all afternoon and seldom gave Norfolk any encouragement at all. Marshalled by keeper Joe Trevor the central defensive unit of Alex Minshull and Olly Hickman were rocks on which the Norfolk forwards foundered and full backs Owen Hall and Jack Taylor reined in their ambitions to get forward to ensure a solidity that has at times been lacking this season.

Staffordshire got an early grip of midfield with skipper Jack Bromfield and Luke Campbell having an iron fist which cut out any danger immediately a threat appeared and both joined in good creative work. It was a flowing move which saw Staffordshire score but when Wolgarston boy Josh Stack received the ball he still had plenty to do and a burst of pace and a shimmy opened up some space in front of the back four and a crisp right foot shot from 20 yards beat the Norfolk keeper as the ball nestled in the corner of the net. Within seconds of the restart another chance involving the Josh and Dec partnership aided and abetted by Ethan Cartwright brought an excellent save from the keeper but the ball was not cleared properly and as it was played into the box , clever footwork from Declan Arber resulted in him being brought down and a penalty award. The other half of the deadly duo, Josh, stepped up and scored to give Staffordshire a dream start.

As expected Norfolk responded and some good work saw them come as close as they did all afternoon when a shot hit the bar and was cleared off the line. It was not long before Staffordshire regained their momentum and the clever rotation of the substitutes allowed Staffordshires' attackers to keep a high press on the Norfolk back four and Davy Watts added to the Norfolk woes with a third goal. A glancing header from Declan Arber put the icing on the cake to send the Staffordshire boys in four goals to the good at the break.

The Staffordshire boys showed great intelligence and knew that Norfolk would attempt to come back strongly and try to score an early goal to get a foothold in the game but the hard work and excellent team ethic displayed by Tommy Wilkinson, Kyle Johnson Max Cuthebert and Tommy Bromfield ensured that they never got a sniff of building a bridgehead and Staffordshire could and should have added a couple more goals to underline their superiority. It was an outstanding display from the Staffordshire boys who were twice within a minute of being eliminated in earlier rounds and now can look forward to a national final in March against either near neighbours Cheshire or the behmoth that is Greater Manchester.

They do however have to play West Midlands SchoolsFA on the 21st March to try and gain a place in the semi finals of the MCF cup.

 

Feb 15, 2017

Staffordshire Under 16 Boys squad will be hoping for a big crowd to support them in their quest to make a little bit of history and to keep their fine run going in the ESFA Inter County semi final on Saturday the 18th of February when they will meet Norfolk Schools FA at Stafford Town FC KO 3-00pm.

The boys have left spectators nerves shredded with last minute goals securing their passage through the last two rounds of the competition, let us hope that things are less nervous this weekend.

Admission to the game will be £3 adults and £1 concessions and there will also be a raffle to win a football and shirt signed by the England squad. Tickets at £1 each and the proceeds will help support Staffordshire Schools football in the future as funding from the FA is no longer for football, rather for administration so that the bean counters can continue to justify their existence.

If you are free then come along and watch the game as you will be guaranteed a game played in great spirit with none of the petulance an behaviour associated with the higher echelons of the game as well as wholehearted endeavour from players playing for the love of the game.

Feb 14, 2017

On a bitterlly cold night with a stiff Easterly wind the boys of Staffordshire and West Midlands served up a dish that warmed the cockles of one's heart. An end to end display of fast paced football with great skill mixed in with some poor passing and lots of goalmouth action made the ingredients for some tremendous entertainment,

Playing with the breeze at their back West Midlands started well but Staffordshire created the first clear cut chance when a fabulous through ball sent Brandon Oakley clear but the West Midlands keeper made a brave save at his feet. Despite playing into the elements Staffordshire passed the ball well but were the victims of overconfidence when losing possession in their own third and a rapid attack from West Midlands saw the scoreboard turned over in their favour. The rest of the half saw the action go from end to end with both teams creating and spurning chances but West Midlands scored a second goal in the dying seconds of the first half to go in 2-0 up at the interval.

Staffordshire came out in the second half with the strengthening wind at their back and reduced the deficit in the first minute with an excellent strike from Brandon Oakley. Staffordshire pinned West Midlands in their own half and but for some outstanding goalkeeping Staffordshire would have led comfortably. West Midlands with plenty of pace in their side proved a constant threat but Staffordshire got their just rewards when Josh Milner bundled the ball home from close range and then Callum Carter swept home a wickedly swinging corner to fire the home side in front.

West Midlands responded with an equaliser seconds from the end of the game to leave the scores tied at 3-3

The boys are next in action on the 8th of March when they play Shropshire at Market Drayton Town.

all squad members are invited to the coaching session at Stafford Town FC next Monday from 7-30 till 9-00pm

Feb 10, 2017

Managers Gary Spruce and Dan Dawson have selected the following players to represent the County on Monday 13th of February at Stafford Town FC KO 7-00pm

Luke Kelly - 1

Jack Taylor - 2

Elliot Tibbs - 3

Oliver Watchorn Rice - 5

Callum Carter - 6

Tom Nicholls- 4

Aidan Braxton Lloyd - 7

Anye Fowajuh - 8

Bonna Douglas - 9

Josh Milner - 10

George Yarwood - 11

 

AJ - 18

Connor Lawton Moorside 12

Brandon Oakley Moorside - 14

louie Inskip- Morrside 15

 

Sonny Bates - 17

Feb 9, 2017

TheUnder 14 Boys are in action on Monday against West Midlands SFA at Stafford Town FC with a 7-00pm Koand players reporting at 6-00pm. Usual dress code applies and the squad for the game will be announced later today.

There will be an admission charge of £3 adults and £1 concessions.

There will be a coaching session for some teams on Monday the 20th of February, details to follow.

The Under 14 Boys have their away fixture confirmed for the 8th of March at Market Drayton Town FC with a 7-00pm KO

The Under 16 Boys semi final against Norfolk is on the 18th of February and the boys need your support. It will be an afternoon KO and the time has to be confirmed.

Feb 7, 2017

Ant and Dec the well known and loved Geordie entertainers have been superseded by Staffordshire Schools' entertainment duo of Josh and Dec, as anyone who was present at Evans Park last night will testify. The dynamic duo assisted brilliantly by their supporting cas,t who set them up perfectly to deliver their deadly punch lines.

Staffordshire Under 16 boys entertained Warwickshire Schools FA last night at a very wet and windy Evans Park and the players were asked to deal with really tricky conditions. Without their talismanic captain, Jack Bromfield who had to play for Burton Albion, and two other first choice players through injury Staffordshiregave a debut to Josh Stack.

Staffordshire were quickly out of the blocks and Declan Arber (Dec) had a goal chalked out for offside in the first two minutes but minutes later he scored a well taken goal to put Staffordshire in front. Warwickshire soon pegged them back when a Staffordshire attack broke down and they were found wanting defensively.

The game ebbed and flowed but Dec struck his second of the night to nose the hosts in front only for Staffordshire to concede a penalty after a great save from Joe Trevor had denied Warwickshire. 2-2 at half time which would have hurt the Staffordshire boys as the more creative side.

With Jack Taylor marauding down the flanks on the right and Sam Jessup on the left Staffordshire were the dominant force and midfield control established with Owen Halll. Luke Campbell,Tommy Wilkinson and Ethan Cartwright allowed to be more creative they created perfect conditions for Josh to join Dec and cause mayhem in the Warwickshire defense. The sheer pace and direct running of the two caused absolute panic in the opposition rearguard and despite some heroics by the Warwickshire goalkeeper the duo added five further goals with Josh registering a hat trick and Dec a further two. Olly Hickman and Alex Minshull were allowed the luxury of a relative stroll out in the second half such was the dominance of the Staffordshire cast.

Staffordshire ran out comfortable winners by 7-2 to gain three valuable points in their quest to qualify for the Midland Counties Federation semi finals. The squad however have far bigger fish to fry on the 18th of November when they will host Norfolk Schools FA in the semi finals of the ESFA Inter County Cup.

This will be the first time Staffordshire have appeared in a semi as it will be for Norfolk and the prize that awaits the winner a place in a National Final and the writing of another pice of history in the annals of the Staffordshire Schools FA.

More details will follow but manager Bailey Evans has named the following squad for the game depending on fitness and availability of players but it is assumed all of the players will be desperate to play in such a prestigious game.

Feb 6, 2017

The Under 16 Boys will meet Norfolk Schools FA in the semi final of the ESFA Inter County competition after they beat Kent 3-1 last Saturday. The game will take place at Stafford Town FC on Saturday 18th of February with the KO time to be confirmed.

The coaches will use tonights game against Warwickshire at Stafford Town as an ideal opportunity for preparation for the game despite being without some key players. This is the first time that the two counties will have met at any age groups and will look forward to welcoming them to Evans Park.

The game tonight kicks off at 7-00pm and admission will be £3 adults and £1 concessions.

Feb 5, 2017

Staffordshire entertained Durham SFA in the semi final of the ESFA Inter County Trophy at Evans Park on Saturday with the winning side going forward to meet Essex in the national final. Staffordshire were at full strength on a crisp winters afternoon and began the game quite well with one or two probing moves but Durham who were a physically imposing side soon made their presence felt.

Two evenly matched teams went all out to impose themselves and both had chances to grasp the initiative but neither were able to break the stranglehold of two very solid defensive units. Both sides defended corners well and as the game moved towards half time  Joe Hartshorne almost broke the deadlock with a great turn and shot which hit the side netting.

0-0 at half time and the second half began with Durham in the ascendancy. Staffordshire's neat passing game had deserted them and they struggled to provide an offensive threat but looked very strong defensively with skipper Joe Minton and his defensive partner Connor Grant rocks of resistance.

It had always looked as the first goal would be of critical importance and so it proved to be with Durham taking the initiative with a well taken goal by Dan Mitchell and with ten minutes to go seemed to put the game to bed with a second strike from Dan Maddison.

Staffordshire showed great determination during the last ten minutes and pulled back a goal with a great header from Jack Weldon and then really pressed and tested the resolve of the Durham boys. Shots rained in on the Durham goal and one header deflected by a Durham defender beat the keeper who just managed to claw the ball back from the line but it all proved to be too little too late. Durham ran out worthy winners in a game of very fine margins but the Staffordshire boys should take great credit for their efforts.

What was on display was a great game of football played in a terrific spirit by two teams committed to their cause and watched over by two coaching teams who only had positive comments for their boys. It was an advert for all that is good in schoolboy representative football, a high quality game played in the true sporting spirit of schoolboy football. It is just a pity that the FA will not help fund excellence in the school game.

Durham carry the best wishes of the Staffordshire team and officials into their final.

Feb 1, 2017

On Saturday 4th February Staffordshire SFA Under 18 Boys will host Durham SFA at Stafford Town FC KO 3-15 in the semi final of the ESFA Inter County Cup. Staffordshire have progressed to the final with a first round bye followed by a 5-1 win at Warwickshire and a 2-0 home win against South Yorkshire in the Quarter finals,

The boys deserve as much support as possible and it should be a really entertaining game. Admission is £3 adults and £1 concessions.

Staffordshire squad is

A, Stone Wolgarston

C, Mallen Chase HS

J, Minton Newcastle College

C, Grant Codsall

J. Weldon Stafford College

R. Hanlon King Edward VI Lichfiels

T. Edge Codsall

J. Wilson King Edward VI Stafford

W. Byers Stafford Grammar

J. Hartshorne S.U.A

D. Neligwa Newcastle College

E. Capewell Moorlands College

J. Weldon Stafford College

T. Riley Newcastle College

O. Butler Kingsmead

O. Bradbury Cannock Chase HS

All players are asked to report for 2-00pm and usual dress code applies.

Jan 30, 2017

Staffordshire School's Football Association is having a wonderful season so far and in truth no matter how the results pan out between now and the end of the season it will have been a successful season. Last season was very special with a group of girls delivering the County a National Trophy for the first time and from a group who had been there at the start of development stage of girls football in the county. Six representative teams and a competition structure for schools in Staffordshire is what is delivered by the County Schools FA.

The individual schools competitions provide an opportunity for schools to play other schools from outside their area and then to experience a final played on a stadium pitch. The County SFA try to make the finals a special occassion and an experience for all participants that they will remember for a long time. It seems to be working as more schools than ever are entering those competitions.

The representative sides for boys and girls give the most talented footballers an opportunity to play football against other County sides who do the same and  so creating high quality experiences and promoting excellence. All of this is delivered by a group of volunteers whose only reward is to see the opportunities presented to large numbers of boys and girls.

In Staffordshire we are blessed with a fantastic group of people who give of their time freely and many have jobs and families but still manage to find time to support Schools football in Staffordshire. As a group they do not have any of their children involved in teams or competitions and thus nepotism is not a word that can be used against our volunteers as they have no vested interest in the teams, unlike many club sides.

It is thus disappointing when these people are criticised and belittled, sometimes on social media, for doing what they believe is worthwhile. It is the fastest way to put them off taking part and frankly without them County Football withers and dies. Mistakes are made, decisions which upset players and parents are made but in what is considered the best interests of the team and all made in good faith.These volunteers are diamonds and should be valued as such.

The ethos of the game preached by our volunteers makes the football played under the auspices of Staffordshire SFA the most disciiplined that youngsters play . Staffordshire representative teams have played over 300 games in the past six years and there has not been a red card issued and five yellow cards have been brandished, five too many but it demonstrates how the County wishes to run its teams.

We need more volunteers as there was never a truer saying that 'many hands make light work'.

If you think you have something to offer contact the website.

Sep 23, 2016

Manager David Ebbersson  has named the girls below to be invited to be part of the Stafffordshire SFA Under 14 girls squad for the forthcoming season. The girls who have been unsuccesful but who have been involved in the trial process will be invited to  number of coaching/traing events once a venue has ben secured.

The standard of player improves year on year and David will be writing to those who have missed out on selection and offering some feedback on where the girls can hopefully improve.

Please contact the website with acceptance of the invitation and incluse DOB and a mobile contact number.

Akers Hannah

De Ferrers Academy

Anderson Isobel

Cardinal Griffin

Anderson Lilly

Cardinal Griffin

Fishwick Hannah

 

Friary

Lawley Gemma

Wolgarston

Gregory Freya

Friary

Higgs Jennifer

Sir Graham Balfour

Hunt Megan

Haywood Academy

Isherwood Macy

Chesterton

Johnson Katie

Perton

Huson Lydia

 

Friary

 

Rainer Chenoa

Kingsmead

Simkin Lily

Cheslyn Hay

Sims Dolcie

The Hart School

Swindell Chloe

Wolstanton

Cox Aaliyah

Great Wyrley

Harding Niamh

Madeley

Standby

Copeland Lucy

De Ferrers

Marston Katelyn

Christchurch

Marston Phoebe

Christchurch

Parry Isobel

Endon

Sep 16, 2016

Managers Dan Dawson and Gary Spruce have named rhe boys below as members of the Under 14 Boys squad for the forthcoming season. Congratulations to all the boys selected and commiserations to those who have not made the cut this year.

The match co-ordinator Mark Warren will be in touch with match arrangements fixtures etc in due course.

Fowajuh Anye BWH
McIntosh Ruben King Edward VI Stafford
Taylor Jack Chase Terrace
Nicholls Tom Cheadle Academy
Tibbs Eliott Cheslyn Hay
Robinson Jack EDA
Makakoew Pasha Friary
Murray Aj Friary
Martin Reece John Taylor HS
Pearsall Charlie John Taylor HS
Yeomans Lucas John Taylor HS
Yarwood George Landau Forte Amington
Watchorn RiceOliver Painsley
Carter Callum Penkridge Middle
Bates Sonny St Peters
Barrett Sam Trentham HS
Nixon Tom Trentham HS
Douglas Bonna Wilnecote
George Connor Wilnecote
Braxton Lloyd Aidan

Wolstanton

All parents need to contact the website to accept the invitation and provide a mobile number please.

Sep 16, 2016

The girls named below have been selected to represent Staffordshire Schools FA for the forthcoming season.

Can all parents check that the school is correct and send confirmation to the website and include a mobile phone number and date of birth.. The match co-ordiator s Julie and Tim will be in contact in due course.

 

Tiffany Whelan Cannock Chase HS
Grace Tolmie Chase Terrace HS
Courtney Ward Trentham HS
Beth Roberts Wolstanton HS
Molly Bruton Kingsmead
Jenny Hesketh Westwood
Megan Plant Blythe Bridge
Lydia Burgess Clayton Academy
Tasia Brough Painsley
Chloe Williams Cannock Chase HS
Demi McCalliog Codsall
Nuala Miszkiel St Thomas More
Charlie Braganca Excel Academy
Naomi McCallion Robert Sutton
Hannah Hampton EDA
Sophie Corden Clayton Academy
Sophie Howe Alleynes Uttoxeter
Abbi Sanders Painsley
Sep 14, 2016

The boys named below are invited to be part of the Staffordshire schools'FootballAssociation squad for season 2016-17.

Congratulations to the boys selected and commiserations to those who have missed out this time. The selection process was extremely difficult as there were so many boys who were talented and the margins were so fine. All parents of the succcessful boys will be contacted by the match co-ordinator with details regarding games and expectations etc. The first confirmed fixture is the annual match against Repton School on Saturday the 8th of October when they will play the schools' Under 16 XI.

Aug 11, 2015

@staffsschoolsfa will allow all to follow what is going on and will supplement the information available on the website.

Follow the account which is being run by Under 15 team Manager Bailey Evans.