ESFA National Finals, The World of Schools' Football

Throwback Thursday – The glory of Rep Football

With the announcement of the new ESFA Champions Cup competitions, we’re going on our travels with ESFA photographer, Garry Griffiths (353 Photography), to relive the first ever Cup Final they covered back in 2015

Looking forward to the new Champions Cup competition, we ‘Throwback Thursday’ to our first ever cup final appointment for the ESFA – a hugely entertaining Boys Under 18 Inter County Final back in March 2015.

Holders Kent were looking to cling onto their crown with Humberside, the challengers, at the wonderful Abbey Stadium – home of Cambridge United.

An early strike from Elliott Cutts gave Kent a dream start but Jamie Forrester replied almost instantly for Humberside to level the scores at 1-1. A shot from George Mitchell almost gave Kent the lead after 20 minutes but his effort crashed back off the crossbar and it was Humberside who edged in front 10 minutes later with a glancing header from Mattie Start. A pulsating first half closed on level terms as Kane Butler curled a free-kick over the wall and past the outstretched arms of Jordan Douglas in the Humberside goal.

Cutts glanced home a header in the second half for his second of the game and it gave Kent a 3-2 lead that they held on until the later stages when Keane Parsons lobbed an equaliser with 10 minutes to go. With extra-time looming, Humberside clinched a late winner with Martin Jones slotting home past Jamie Weller in the Kent goal to claim the Boys Under 18 Inter County crown for the northern team in 2014/15.

Wednesday 11th March 2015 will always be a historic day for ThreeFiveThree Photography and we are proud to be working with the ESFA to capture these precious moments for people to look back on – there have been plenty of memorable moments along the way so far and we will bring some more throwback action as we build up to next season’s competitions!

ESFA Internationals, The World of Schools' Football

Throwback Thursday – 2016’s International Success

With the 2019 England squads’ international journeys cut short and ahead of the 20/21 squad selections, we’re going on our travels with ESFA photographer, Garry Griffiths (353 Photography), to recount some of the International action he managed to capture back in 2016

Today’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ sees us jump into the time machine and back to 2016 when we tasted international success with both the Girls U15 and Boys U18 squads etching their name on silverware.

England U15 Girls 1 – 0 ROI U15 Girls
Bob Docherty Cup Final 2016

The Bob Docherty Cup was held in South Wales and England’s girls went into the final game against the Republic of Ireland having claimed their place in the title decider with 2-0 wins over Wales, with goals from Katie Robinson and Sophie Quirk, and then Scotland as Ellie Hack and Jodie Hutton hit the target.

In a close and tense final there would be just one goal that settled it and that came from Holly Manders in the second half as the England girls held on to lift the trophy in front of a large travelling army of England supporters – even a torrential downpour seconds after the presentation could not dampen the spirits after a tough 3 days of competition in Newport.

England U18 Boys 2 – 2 Republic of Ireland
Centenary Shield Final 2016

Just 3 days earlier, at Fleetwood Town’s Highbury Stadium, the Under 18 Boys had put themselves in pole position for the Centenary Shield title with their third win of the competition, a 2-1 win over Scotland thanks to a brace from Aaron Smith.

The late winner at Fleetwood ensured the lads went into the final game with the Republic of Ireland on the back of three successive 2-1 wins having beaten Northern Ireland (scorers Joe Thomas and Zak Lilley) and Wales (scorers George Lamb and Aaron Smith) before the win over the Auld Enemy.

It proved not to be the latest goal of the international season though, the following week saw the Republic take a 2-0 lead before Smith was again on target to halve the deficit before substitute Sam Grouse bundled home a dramatic equaliser in injury time to break Irish hearts and hand England the shield.

Two dramatic and successful campaigns that will live in the memory for a long time to come!