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ESFA Midweek Report – Goals, Goals, Goals!

The opening round of the U13 Small Schools Cup saw a quite amazing back and forth game in the suburbs of Wolverhampton as Wrekin College hit the net 9 times in a 16 goal thriller at Wolverhampton Grammar School.

Despite having the best of the opening exchanges the hosts soon found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline with the visitors taking advantage of space behind the WGS defence.

The game, and scoring, was far from over though as in the blink of an eye the home side had drawn level as they fired in two quick goals of their own including one from the penalty spot.

If we thought we were in for a close game after that we were right – although nobody expected the half-time interval to arrive with Wrekin ahead 4-3 in what was quickly turning into an exhibition of wide open football that was sure to test how well secured the goal nets were!

The goals continued to flow in the second half and, remarkably, the visitors even had a goal chalked off as both teams went back and forth almost scoring at will.

On reflection we should have used the cricket scoreboard behind one goal to keep score as the details of a mind blowing selection of goals faded with every couple of goals but, eventually, despite being pegged back to 6-6 at one point, the visitors finally put the game to bed late on to head into round 2 on the back of a 9-7 win.

Credit to both teams, this almost was a ‘next goal the winner’ kind of game with Hurford leading the way for Wrekin with 5 goals and a man of the match performance from Smith while all the supporters in attendance certainly got value for money!

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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.