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ESFA England U18 Schoolboys’- Official Squad Announcement

The ESFA have announced the 18 players chosen to represent the England U18 Schoolboys’ for the 2019-2020 season!

The ESFA concluded their search for the best schools’ footballers that England has to offer yesterday (Sunday 1st December) with the final England U18 Schoolboys’ trial taking place at Rowley Park, Stafford. The boys have progressed through a rigorous trial process from October until December to be finally selected to represent their country.

The players were first nominated by their county sides to attend regional trials that led to the construction of four regional squads, the North, Midlands, South East and South West. These squads then went head to head in step two of the trials process and formed the North and South Squads that traveled to Rowley Park yesterday for the final step of the process.

With that being said, making the final stage of the trials is a huge personal achievement for all the boys who attended and something they can be very proud of.

A huge congratulations to the following boys:





Taylor Haddow


Kenyatta Bernal


Mathew Wade


Charlie Dickerson


Carter Lycett


Michael Olayinka

Greater Manchester

Ethan Warne


Lucas Garbe


Max Blencowe


David Pereira


Thomas Duffy


Reece Wylie


Brad Santos


Cameron Pike


Ross Johnstone


Taylor Richardson


Ben Reay


Hans Mpongo


The U18 England Schoolboys’ squad will start with some friendly fixtures, starting against the RAF on the 12th January 2020 followed by a game against Australia schoolboys’ on the 25th January. They will then play two further friendly games against two different UCFB squads before heading away on preparatory training before their competitive fixtures in the Centenary Shield against Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in April 2020.

The ESFA would like to once more congratulate all the players that were put forward for England Schoolboys’ trials this season and wish those players that haven’t been selected the very best of luck with the rest of their season and footballing careers.

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ESFA Midweek Report -PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup Double Header- Perton Middle School vs Priory School

There were two games in one trip last month as we travelled to Wolverhampton with Perton Middle School and Priory School going head to head in two competitions.

On adjacent pitches it was goals galore in both games as the schools shared the spoils with each winning through in one competition.

In the PlayStation F.C. Under 12 Small Schools Cup a first half double from Ben O’Donnell put Perton in command with a 4-0 lead with a Niall Evans goal and an own goal completing the first half scoring.

Despite the scoreline the 2nd half was still very competitive with Priory battling to find a way back into the game and not letting their heads drop but further strikes from Jensen Capper, Harry Willis and Daniel Stockley saw the home side advance to round 2 courtesy of a 7-1 win.

Their success had continued in the competition with a penalty shoot-out win over Wrekin College in round 2 after a 3-3 draw followed by a 3-0 away win over Lacon Childe to seem them into the last 16.

In the PlayStation F.C. Under 13 Small Schools Cup played at the same time it was Priory who were the big winners, hat-tricks from Donovan and Reynolds leading them to a 12-0 victory over a Perton side weakened by a couple of absent key players.

In a display of clinical finishing the home side had no answer to the dynamic attacking play from a Priory side who could certainly contend for a place in the latter stages.

They continue to progress in the competition, a 13-1 home win in round 2 over Campion School set up a late November 3rd round tie with Sir John Talbot’s Technology College with the winners moving into the last 16.

Congratulations to both teams involved! If you would like us to feature your ESFA schools’ cup fixture, Please send your match report alongside pictures of the game to – alternatively, please feel free to contact 353 Photography to request his presence at your upcoming match.