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Nov 18, 2017

Hodge Hill CollegeBromford Road, Birmingham B36 8HB

 

M6 to J8

Keep Left, follow signs for A38 NE Birmingham & Litchfield

At roundabout, 3rd exit to Tyburn Rd., A38

Stay in right hand lane for (.2m)

Turn right into Wheelwright Rd.,)

Filter right into Bromford Lane A4040.,

Turn left onto Bromford Rd.,

Hodge Hill Car Park on left

 

Depending on the traffic it takes about 10 min from M6 J8 (4 miles)

 

 

Nov 16, 2017

The Under 16 Boys play West Midlands on Monday at Stafford Town KO 7-15. Admission will be £3 and £1 concessions. Players to report for 6-00pm usual dress code applies. Manager Neil Davies has named the following squad;

 

George Hill
Bradley Clarkson
Anthony Sheldon
Kedanie Nugent
Adam Taylor
Connor Taylor
Luke Bourne
Alex Hallchurch
Hayden Campbell
Charlie Drain
Tommy O'Hara
Junior O'Callaghan
Christian Blanchette
Max Chimenes
Lucas Burnett
Lewis Salmon
Standby
Liam Hickson
Sam Edmunds
Luis Dos Santos
Cael Mcdonald
Jakob Priestman

 

The Under 15 Boys are also at Stafford Town FC against West Midlands Kicking off at 5-45pm . Usual dress code applies. The coaches have selected the following boys;

Jordan Clarke

Luke Kelly

Finlay Banantyne

Oliver Whatchorn-Rice

Sonny Bates

Callum Carter

Charlie Pye

Elliot Tibbs

Aidan Braxton Lloyd

Anye Fowujah

Conor Lawton

Josh Milner

Jack Brammer

Rhys Latocha

Brandon Oakley

The Under 18s travel to Hodge Hill College in Birmingham to play the West Midlands KO 7-00pm. Players to meet as near to six as possible and usual dress code applies. Manaher Mark Culverhouse has named the following squad;

Joe Trevor

Tom Degg

Jamie Weldon

Jack Weldon

Brad Sharman

Will Byers

Conor Grant

Tyler Gough

Conor Pugh

Owen Hall

Owen Bradbury

David Neligwa

Ethan Cartwright

Declan Arber

Connor Sewell

Ed Capewell

Standby

Sam Jessup

Luke Campbell

Jack Taylor

Alex Minshull

 


Nov 15, 2017

The last ten days have probably been one of the worst periods in Staffordshire's footballing history. The past few years the website has reprted on some outstanding performances in national competitions including two championships at national level. As is so often said, 'after the Lord Moayor's show'.

In the past ten days three teams have been eliminated from the Inter County National competitions in the first round. The Under 18 boys lost 4-3 aet in a game against Humberside they should have won comfortably but if you do not convert your chances then you will not win games. This was particularly true of the Under 16 Boys who made an early exit against Lincolnshire last Saturday. In a game where they dominated posession and missed a host of chances including a penalty and hitting the woodwork three times, they conspired to concede a goal in the dying seconds from a Lincolnshire team who were overly physical but who scrapped for every ball.

Both the Under 16's and 18's will regroup and go about trying to win the Midlands titles. The Under 15 Boys must be the unluckiest outfit of all. Once again they lost by the odd goal in five at Shropshire again missing chances with Elliot Tibbs smashing a brilliant free kick off the bar and were not helped by a bizarre refereeing decision where the referee awarded a free kick in the Staffordshire box for a back pass that he was the only one to see and which resulted in a goal. Both the Under 15,16 and 18 boys will have chances to redeem themselves next week when they play West Midlands, the U18's at Hodge Hill College and the U15 and 16 boys at Stafford Town with a 6-00pm KO (U15) and a 7-15 KO for the U16 Boys.

On Monday the U14 Boys who had a great win against Lancashire in the national competition folded tamely against a West Midlands side who were simply more hungry and up for the fight. The management team are hoping that this will act as a wake up call and they will be more hungry for the battle when they take on Bedfordshire in the second round of the national competition on the 28th of November at Stafford Town KO 6-15pm

Last night the Under 14 Girls, missing two key players,  went out of the national competition going down 4-0 at Congleton Town FC to Cheshire Schools FA. Giving two soft goals away early always meant the girls were up against it but when they failed to capatalise on their good spells in the game they wer hit twice on the break to end their interest in this years national competition.

However all is not doom and gloom with all teams having live chances of taking Midlands titles.

On Saturday seven Under 18 boys will be striving to impress the England selectore when they represent the Midlands against the North. This game is at Stafford Town FC kicking off at 2-30. Admission is free and the Staffordshire boys would welcome some support.

Two of Staffordshire's girls who were key members of the National Title winning team have made their debuts for WSL side Birmingham City. Shania Hales, an ex De Ferrers Academy pupil and Hannah Hampton from EDA Academy.

Beth Roberts, Anna King and Harriet Wellings have all figured in Stoke City Ladies first team this season.

The squads for the forthcoming games will be posted later.

Nov 7, 2017

The Under 18 Boys bowed out of the ESFA competition last night at Stafford Town in what can only be described as an under par performance. The squad selected is full of good players but very few  displayed their true potential on a night when they failed to cope with the extremely direct approach of a big physical Humberside side.

Both teams traded possession far too often and the game was broken up by niggly fouls and generally suffered with a lack of quality. Joe Trevor pulled off a great save to keep the scores level but Humberside took the lead a minute before half time when a cross was not closed down and the Humberside forward got across his defender and a deft flick lifted the ball over Trevor.

Several substitutions at half time did not bring about any marked improvement in performance but Connor Sewell lashed home a volley from 25 yards to equalise and tie the game up. Staffordshire now looked on top but some poor defending and a lack of awareness allowed Humberside to build a two goal lead.

Only then did the Staffordshire boys seem to wake up and they began to apply some real pressure to the Humberside defence. Their desperation was clear to see and they conceded free kicks too often and picked up three bookings for their over zealous approach. Staffordshire halved the deficit when Conor Grant powered home a header from a corner and as the clock ticked down another headed goal from Ed Capewell brought the tie level.

Humberside had a player dismissed for a second yellow card but despite this they broke away to score what proved to be the decisive goal. An amazing reaction save from a Will Byers free kick was as near as Staffordshire came to an equaliser and despite heavy pressure Humberside ran out worthy winners and will face Greater Manchester or North Yorkshire in Round 2.

The Staffordshire management team wer dumbfounded as they were convinced that the squad was stronger than last year and now the MCF title will be their goal and this squad is capable of bouncing back and winning the Midlands title.

Oct 25, 2017

The Under 15 Boys travel to Thomas Telford School on Wednesday 8th of November to play Shropshire SFA in an MCF fixture and will be looking to record their first victory of the season. The coaches have named the following squad and match co-ordinator Mark will be in touch with parents in due course.

Jordan Clarke
Luke Kelly
Finlay Banantyne
Oliver Whatchorn-Rice
Sonny Bates
Callum Carter
Charlie Pye
Elliot Tibbs
Aidan Braxton Lloyd
Anye Fowujah
Conor Lawton
Josh Milner
Jack Brammer
Rhys Latocha
Brandon Oakley
Panash

Players should report to the schoo; as near to six as possible and the usual dress code applies. Please confirm vailability through Mark.

All other squad players are on the standby list and will be contacted in case of injury or unavailability.

Sep 26, 2017

The two girls team kick off their season with an attractive home firiendly fixture against Greater Mancheste on Monday the 2nd of October at Stafford Town FC. The U14 girls will kick off at 5-45pm and the under 16 Girls at 7-00pm. These games will provide perfect preparation for the oncoming season where the Under 14 Girls will be defending theur Midland Counties title whilst the Under 16 Girls will use it for preparation for the national competition.

Admission will be £3 for adults and £1 concessions and.parents are remided that the entrance to the ground is now on Fairway and not Riverway.

The squads will be published later today.

Sep 25, 2017

This information was published on the Staffordshire Schools twitter account. As the person who posts on the website apologies for the delay but a medical emergency involving a long stay in hospital is the reason for the delay. Sometimes football has to come second.

The coaches are very grateful to all the boys who trialled and for the support of the parents. The following provisional squad have been invited to represent Staffordshire for the forthcoming season Can all players respond to match co-ordinator Mark Warren with their parental e mail and mobile telephone number  school attended. If you were in the squad last season this is not necessary unless there has been a changr in circumstances. Contact warrenmark7@btinternet.com

Jordan Clarke

Luke Kelly

Callum Carter

Anye Fowujah

Jack Taylor

Elliot Tibbs

Finlay Ballantyne

Oliver Watchorn Rice

Louie Inskip

Sonny Bates

Jack Brammer

Aidan Braxton Lloyd

Tom Nicholls

Rhys Latocha

Connor Lawton

George Yarwood

Josh Milner

Brandon Oakley

Jack Miles

Charlie Pye

Lewis Rowley

Harrison Davies

Sep 22, 2017

The boys named below have been selected to represent Staffordshir SFA Under 16's for the forthcoming season. The coaches have said how difficult it was to make the final cut and tryin to get the balance of the squad has proved particularly difficult.The Association wish to thank all who trialled and wish them well for the forthcoming season.

All boys selected are asked to make contact with the U16 match co-ordinator Mark Warren to furnish him with details of parents e mail, mobile telephone number, school attended. Boys who played last year do not need to do this unless there has been a change of information

warrenmark7@btinternet.com

George Hill
Sam Edmunds
Bradley Clarkson
Anthony Sheldon
Kedanie Nugent
Adam Taylor
Cael McDonald
Connor Taylor
Luke Bourne
Alex Hallchurch
Hayden Campbell
Charlie Drain
Mason Ward
Luis Dos Santos
Tommy O'Hara
Junior O'Callaghan
Jakob Priestman
Christian Blanchette
Max Chimenes
Lucas Burnett
Lewis Salmon
Liam Hickson

Sep 6, 2017

As the season fast approaches and the final trials are organised it is the time of year when decisions are made by parents as to which teams their sons or daughters should play. As ever the most talented players are sought by all but football academies and RTC's put undue pressure on parents to prevent their offspring playing in any other form of football.

A reality check should be made and a book written by the sportswriter of the year NO HUNGER in PARADISE should be compulsory reading for players parents and coaches. It describes the extraordinary lengths that some parents go to try and ensure that their son/daughter is one of the chosen few and Staffordshire Schools FA have permission from the author to put extracts on the website.

However as the person who posts on the website and with 47 years experience of dealing with clubs parents scouts and agents the view is somewhat jaundiced. Last year only two clubs in the premiere league were unable to record the fact that not one player from their academy set up over the previous seven or eight years had any minutes on the pitch for the first team, Stoke City and Burnley, two of the worst culprits in discouraging players from playing elsewhere.

Joe Sbarra and Ben Fox are in the Burton Albion first team squad at 18 and 19 yet played almost every minute of every county game over a three year period. Ryan Giggs played for Greater Manchester, David Beckham for Essex, Alan Shearer for Northumberland and what harm did they come to. Huddersfield and Brentford are considering closing their academies as they do not give value for money.

When your raison detre is to produce young players capable of playing at the highest level then how can an academy which has not produced one player for first team football in the past five or six years be worth the money spent on it and what monitoring goes on.

If it was a school then Ofsted would b putting the establishment into special measures.

We want our best players to have the best coaching and opportunities but not at the expense of their personal and social development and the opportunity to play with their peers.Please read the recommended book it is a real eye opener.

There will be extracts on this website in the coming weeks.

 

Sep 4, 2017

The contact function on the website is still causing problems and no information is coming to the website which means that communication and information is static. The e mail address dansam@mail.com is also putting all communications into spam and is not allowing the e mails to be opened.

Until the problems are resolved it is imperative that all communication by e mail uses the e mail address below which has bee specifically set up for this purpose.

Anyone who has sent an e mail in the last 10 days is asked to resend.

Apologies for the inconvenience but this is completely out of the control of the School's FA and the guy behind the website is working very hard to resolve the issue.

staffordshiresfasec@gmail.com

 

 

Jun 4, 2017

The Association will be running a competition for Primary Schools in the 17-18 season. The secondary competitions have proved to be very successful and the 9 v 9 Cup compettion will begin in September. Entry forms will go out in the next week or so and the final of the competition will be at St Geroges Park in April.

Staffordshire School's FA have received some funding to try and establish this competition and so for the first year there will be no entry fee. The number of entrants will also determine the format but it is hoped that it may be big enough to be in a similiar format to the other competitions.

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.