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John Appleby - 'Mr Staffordshire'

This page is dedicated to John Appleby and his incredible legacy, highlighting how much of a legend John was in schools football. John really was Mr Staffordshire, dedicating his time and comittment to schools football over 50 years. John had an impact upon so many people in the game and leaves an incredible legacy. John worked at Burton Albion, was a pioneer for girls football and was instrumental in making Staffordshire Schools FA the organisation it is today. John's legacy will never be forgotten and everyone involved in SSFA are so grateful for being able to learn from a legend who made it all possible.

In 2020, the first "John Appleby Award for Outstanding Contribution to SSFA" was awarded. This is to recognise individuals with incredible commitments and contributions towards SSFA, and it is fitting that the award is named after John in recogniton of his legendary contribution and everything he did for SSFA. You will never be forgotten, John.

To read more about John, links and photos are posted below:

A fitting tribute to John from his close friend and current ESFA Chairman Phil Harding:

John Appleby's orbituary in which so many lovely messages have been posted for John's family:

A tribute to John from Burton Albion FC where he spent many years with their youth setup:

A message to John from Alan Shearer:

Below are some of the images of John throughout his involvement with schools football:

John as ESFA chairman at his beloved Newcastle United stadium

John with current SSFA Chairman Bailey Evans following the Under 16 Boys winning the National Final at the Ricoh Arena in 2017

John celebrating with the Under 16 Girls following their national final win at St Andrews in 2016

John presenting former SSFA Under 16 Captain Charlie Pearsall with the first ever John Appleby Award

John on the sidelines

John presenting Under 16 SSFA national champion and Repton Graduate Oliver Hickman with his national medal.

John with a previous SSFA team

A tribute to John's service to Football from the Burton Mail

John presenting the Repton captain with their National Trophy