Latest News - 17 September 2014
One of the biggest changes in the organization of schools’ football in the last 10 years has been the great widening in the number of National Individual Schools’ Cups organised directly from the English Schools’ F.A. Headquarters in Stafford. This season, the number of these has reached 40 and several Nottinghamshire schools feature in the draws for the early rounds at different age groups.
Unfortunately, many of the 1st or 2nd Round ties involve teams from the same County or even District and have had some effect on the number of teams entering the long standing County knock-out competitions. In the Under 13 Boys’ National Cup, three of the four 1st Round games bring teams from the County against each other. First off the mark were Tuxford who met Redhill Academy (Arnold) but despite goals from Taylor and Machin, the Bassetlaw side were unable to control a strong Redhill side who won 6-2.
Other first round games see Arnold Hill Academy at home to Becket Academy (Wilford) while Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA) are at home to West Bridgford School. The latter were the most successful side from Nottinghamshire in last season’s National Cups when as Under 12s they reached the national quarter-final before losing 2-1 at home to the eventual winners, Thomas Telford School from Shropshire who won both the semi-final and final by large margins.
A number of Nottinghamshire teams have byes into Round 2 where there are some more unfortunate local clashes. The winners of the NUSA v. West Bridgford game are at home to the Bluecoat Academy (Aspley) who now compete under the name of the Bluecoat Academies Trust while two other games are all Nottinghamshire affairs with Trinity (Aspley) taking on Toothill (Bingham) and National Academy (Hucknall) meeting Redhill.
Most of the other teams from the County have to travel with Ashfield away to the Rowlett School (Tamworth), Carlton-le-Willows are at Tupton Hall School (Chesterfield) and Joseph Whitaker (Rainworth) go the Derby Moor School (Derby and District). George Spencer (Stapleford) have a home game against Kirk Hallam or Rawlins School (North Leicestershire) while Col. Frank Seely (Calverton) entertain Sir Robert Pattinson School (Lincoln and Gainsborough).
In the corresponding Girls’ competition, which like all the E.S.F.A. individual Schools’ Cups between the ages of 12 and 15 are sponsored for the second successive season by Play Station, only two schools from the County have 1st Round games with Toot Hill travelling to meet West Park (Derby) and West Bridgford also away to Highfields School (Amber Valley)
Other Nottinghamshire schools become involved at the 2nd Round stage with the following draw : Shirebrook v. Ashfield; Rawlins (N.Leicestershire) v. Carlton-le-Willows Academy; Hall Cross (Doncaster v. Joseph Whitaker; Tuxford v. Samworth Church Academy (Mansfield); West Park or Toot Hill v. Abingdon Academy (South Leicestershire); All Hallows (Macclesfield) v. Highfields or West Bridgford.
In the boys’ Under 15 Play Station Cup, five sides from the County have 1st Round ties as follows: Becket v. Landau Forte (Derby); Carlton-le-Willows v. Tuxford; Dukeries v. Toot Hill and John Port v. Nottingham Emmanuel Academy.