Football Development, Match Reports, National Competitions

Throwback Thursday- Rep football is back and better than ever!

For this Throwback Thursday we travel back just a fortnight with ESFA photographer Garry Griffiths (353 Photography) who travelled around the North West covering three exciting first round fixtures.

Another relatively short throwback this week as we venture back just a fortnight to our opening travels of the 2020/21 season. With the pandemic forcing the cancellation of inter school matches, we are able to focus 100% attention on our representative football competitions which we did in a 3 day trip north, at the end of April.

Kicking the trip off in huddersfield, we saw Merseyside make the trip across the country on a sunny evening to face West Yorkshire. Having taken the lead midway through the half Merseyside were pegged back going into the break following a deflected shot that looped into the net. The visitors were soon back in front through some excellent long range strikes and a penalty from hat-trick man Kyffin. This flurry of second half goals extingusihed any hopes West Yorkshire had of making a comeback with Merseyside running out 7-1 winners and earning a trip to Staffordshire in the next round.

The following evening we covered that famous North West derby as Manchester hosted Liverpool in the Boys U13 Inter Association Trophy.

This cup tie was as dramatic as anything served up by the senior sides in the area as Liverpool found themselves 2-0 ahead at the break despite Manchester looking dangerous almost every time they ventured forward. After the break, a spot kick gave the home side hope before an equaliser midway through the half had the scores level going into the closing stages.

With extra time on the horizon it was the visitors who nicked it direct from a corner to edge through 3-2 although credit to Manchester who were excellent on the night despite going out of the competition.

Saturday morning then saw another derby as Preston hosted Bolton in the Under 15 Inter Association Trophy and we once again saw 7 goals for the visiting team.

Despite the final 7-2 scoreline in Bolton’s favour, the game was much closer than the scoreline suggests with the clinical nature of the visitors finishing the difference overall.

Leading 2-0 at the break the visitors increased the lead at the start of the second half but Preston hit back to give themselves hope, albeit quashed by a spectacular long range effort from 5 goal man Smith

Congratulations to all the teams involved and it certainly is good to have football back!

ESFA Internationals, Football Development, The World of Schools' Football

ESFA Primary School Festival – Slough Town FC

ESFA Hosts Primary School Festival alongside England International at Slough Town FC in conjunction with The PFA

The ESFA primary school festival ran in partnership on Friday evening (8 March) thanks to specialist funding from the PFA. The event was a triumphant hit with all in attendance, this was visible from the smiles on everyone’s faces.

10 schools from the Berkshire area participated in the festival. The event took place at Slough Town FC from 3pm. The event was a celebration of Primary schools’ football and a chance for local schools to display their abilities and compete against each other.


Schools that took part were :

Slough Schools:

Lynch Hill

Holy Family Catholic School

Dedworth School (A team & B team)

Priory School

Montem Academy

Wokingham Schools:

Hawkedon Primary School 

South Lake Primary School

West Berkshire Schools:

Long Lane Primary School

Reading Schools:

St Mary & All Saints C of E Primary School


The festival consisted of mixed teams from year 5 and 6 at each school in a 7-a-side format.

Matches lasted 10 minutes each and the festival consisted of two leagues with winners and runners up going into a plate competition and main competition.

The final presentation took place at 5:00pm, declaring Dedworth Schools’ A Team as the competition winners, with Montem, Lynch Hill and Long Lane taking 2nd to 4th place, respectively.

The Primary presentation took place just ahead of the England v Wales in the Centenary Shield fixture, which will kicked off at 7 pm. You can watch the full England v Wales match here.



We would like to thank all the primary schools that took part in Friday’s festival and also the PFA (Professional Footballers Association), for supporting this wonderful opportunity.