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Oct 22, 2020

Under 16 Boys (2019-2020) National Final Squad - 31st October vs Bedfordshire


On Saturday 31st October, SSFA Under 16 boys will take on Bedfordshire looking to become only the second Staffordshire Under 16 Boys team to win the National Final. The game was originally scheduled to take place in May but was postponed due to Covid-19. SSFA are delighted that most of the players get their well-earned opportunity to become national champions. The management team of Bailey Evans and Oz Rowley will be looking to add their 2nd national title in 3 years, this time assisted by 2 ex-SSFA National Champions Jack Bromfield and Alex Minshull. The team is also hoping to become the second Staffordshire team to win national final honours in the prolonged 2019-2020 season following the Under 18 boys being declared joint winners a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately, Staffordshire's squad will not consist all of their players from the 2019-2020 season following the EFL's decision to prevent 4 members of the squad from playing in a national final in which they worked so hard for and deeply deserved the opportunity to play in the final. However, the Staffordshire squad remains full of talent and relish their underdog status as they have done on so many occasions in the 3 years the squad has been together. SSFA thank all of the boys involved this season for their attitude, commitment and incredible hard work culminating in this final game together.

Special mention must also go to the parents of the Under 16 boys squad - their superb backing of the players throughout the 3 years has been outstanding and no doubt helped both the players and coaching team!

It is with regret that due to the current Covid-19 situation, NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE GAME. Instead, the ESFA will provide a live stream for the game on YouTube which can be found on the day at https://www.youtube.com/c/ESFATV/featured. We kindly ask all parents/guardians to continue to follow the guidelines provided by the ESFA to ensure the final runs as smoothly as possible.

The squad for the National Final is as follows:

Kyle Curtis - Friary

James May - Cardinal Griffin

Morgan Payne - Walton

Jack Thomas - The Rawlett School

Louis Pelnens - Codsall

James Sutton - Weston Road

Charlie Pearsall (C) - John Taylor High School

Harvey Bannister-Smith - Blessed William Howard

Joe Baxter - Painsley

Lewi Burnside - Netherstowe High School

Joe Morley - Cardinal Griffin

Harry Buzzard - Erasmus Darwin Academy

Jake Finney - Endon High School

Morgan Russell - Erasmus Darwin Academy

Keelan Summerfield - Walton

Joseph Scriven - Codsall

Players that are unable to play due to the EFL preventing them from doing so:

Callum Niven - John Taylor High School

Greg Lewis - Friary

Huw Emery - De Ferrers Academy

Eden Bailey - Trentham High School