City Youth Match Reports Under 11s 83/84 Season - Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found more from 35 years ago, this time the focus is on the Under 11's.

Well done Terry Edwards.

Tezza thinks the season 1983-84 is the first season that youth team match reports appeared in programmes of St Albans City FC, is that correct, we will never know until he finds more of his old programmes!

The reason the Youth reports appeared in the Saints programme was due to Tezza taking on the role of Programme Editor for the Saints a few years before,  so he thought why not put them in and let the supporters know that about all the great young players playing football in and around St Albans District.

1983-84 SEASON.

TUESDAY AUGUST 16TH MAIDENHEAD UTD FRIENDLY.  In the forthcoming season St Albans City Youth FC will be running Youth sides at all ages from Under 10's to Under 18's. The Under 10's and 11's will be playing in the Bushey Friendly League on Sundays and all the other age groups will be playing in the Boreham Wood Youth League. In addition, there will be a midweek Under 18's youth team, and they will be playing in the Servowarm Isthmian Youth league plus the F. A. Youth Cup with their first match in this seeing them play Kettering Youth away.

As a warmup to the season saw the Saints Youth enter 7 teams in the Amersham Town six-a-side tournament and they came away with 4 victories in the Under 13's, 14's, 16's and 18's sections, well done lads.

Anybody interested whatever their age in joining the Club should contact the Youth Secretary Ian Woods who will put them in touch with the appropriate Manager. 



The young Saints ran out worthy winners in the highly entertaining charity match which was watched by a crowd well over 200. Stefan SARWA opened the scoring for the Saints when he ran from the halfway line and after beating two defenders, he calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner. Paul TARRIER scored the St Albans City Youth's second goal after he saw his first attempt strike the foot of the post but he was quick to latch onto the rebound and tuck the loose ball away to make it 2-0 at half time. At the start of the second half Gary Lockerby had a shot turned away for a corner kick which was headed home by Andy GOODCHILD from six yards into the far corner of the net. Then later Bert Robertson hit over a superb cross over into the Harpenden box whereupon Stefan SARWA was waiting to head home goal number four the Saints. Late in the match with a minute to go saw Harpenden pull a goal back to make the final score 4-1. Team: Cox, Gear, Fitzgerald, Honourd, Goodchild, Dunham, Tarrier, Robertson, Lockerby, Grindrod, Sarwa. Subs: Birch, Parker, Dodds (all played).

Andy Goodchild made 49 appearances for the St Albans City FC 1st team in the late 80's and he also played Barnet and Bishop's Stortford plus a couple of other clubs as well but he did come back to St Albans when he ran a youth team from Under 10's up to 18's plus being in charge of the midweek squad at St Albans. His father Nicky Goodchild also played for St Albans whilst Andy's son Danny played for his youth and the Saints midweek youth team.


YOUTH TEAM NEWS. SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER.  The Under 14's got back to winning form with a 6-1 victory over Barnet Beavers with goals from Graham GOLDS 4, Greg BLUNDELL and Nick WEAVER. The Under 10's came back from being 2-0 down against Boreham Wood Youth in a challenge cup game to finish the match at 2-2. Michael HUGHES scored the Under 10's first goal with a well struck shot following a corner by Nicky Scott and then Richard Collins and Michael Fullilove created a chance for Darren BOURNE to hit home the equalizer. After extra time the score remained at 2-2 and so the replay is this forthcoming Sunday at Greenwood Park.


YOUTH TEAM NEWS SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER. The Under 10's won their cup replay against Boreham Wood in the challenge cup 2-0 with fine goals from Michael HUGHES and Michael FULLALOVE whilst a great save from keeper Rajive Samarasinhe in the second half made sure the visitors did not find a way back into the match and the Under 10's ran out worthy winners.  David YEO was on target four times for the Under 11's in their 5-3 win over Mill End with Nicholas PETTS scoring the Saints fifth goal.

Stefan SARWA and Darren WRIGHT penalty were the goalscorers for the Under 18's in their 2-2 draw with Princes Park.


YOUTH TEAM NEWS SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER.  The Under 10's were at home on Sunday to Gadeside Rangers in the challenge cup and although the Saints took the lead with a tremendous strike from Michael HUGHES, they eventually went down 2-1. Although Rajive Samarasinhe pulled off some fine saves he could not stop Gadeside from equalizing goal just before the break. At half time Barry Edwards came off the bench and he hadn't been on the pitch for a couple of minutes when he made a fine tackle to stop the visitors from taking the lead but very late in the match with five minutes to go Gadeside scored the winner. Team: Samarasinhe, Bennett, Burke, Collins, Lloyd, Andrews, Spencer-Wilson, Fullalove, Hughes, Bourne, Scott, Edwards, Jones (all played).

 While the Under 10's were losing 2-1 on the next pitch saw the Under 11's beating Croxley Youth 3-1 in a league match with David YEO scoring two goals, one in each half whilst Nicholas BETTS scored the third goal. Team: Matthew Hayes, Paul Adams, Russ Davis, Adrian Pini, Andrew Roberts, Adrian Burr, Alister Gains, Kevin Harber, Phil Spyer, David Yeo, Nicholas Betts.

Please note the Youth Team are looking for players to join the Under 15's, if interested please contact Ian Woods the youth team secretary. Telephone 57458.


YOUTH TEAM NEWS SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER.   In the County Cup saw the Under 10's, 14's and the 16's all move through to the next round with scores of 2-1, 4-1 and 4-0 respectively. The Under 10's could only field ten players in their away game to Ember Echoes in the cup and although they had the wind against them in the first half, they managed to keep the scoreline to 0-0. In the second period saw them score first with a fine solo goal from Luke SPENCER-WILSON who ran from the halfway line and after beating 3 defenders saw smash the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0. A few minutes later Michael FULLALOVE scored the second following a goalmouth scramble and although Ember pulled one back late on the young Saints hung on to win 2-1.

The Under 14's trailed to an early goal away to Marshallswick Youth but they quickly equalized when Nick WEAVER ran onto a Simon Leavold free kick.  Later on Simon LEAVOLD scored with a spectacular volley to put the Saints 2-1 up and then came two goals from substitute Paul FERDINAND both of which came from corner kicks which were taken by James Shepherd for the Under 14's to win 4-1 in the county cup.

The Under 16's also hit four goals in their 4-0 win over Ware Youth in their cup match with Dave LIFFORD scoring twice and then came singles from Jack LAMBERT and Stephen GLENNON.

On to the league front now saw goals from Michael GIBBARD and Neville BOWMAN give the Under 15's a 2-0 win over Gadeside Rangers but the Under 18's missed innumerable chances in going down 2-1 to Woodland Wanderers with Jeff ADAMS scoring the Saints goal. The Under 13's also lost 2-1 to Barnet Weavers with Marcus BRAMWELL scoring the goal for the 13's from the penalty spot.


YOUTH TEAM NEWS SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER.  The Under 10's keep up their good record with a 13-0 home win over Parkgate in the league with both Michael HUGHES and Richard COLLINS scoring a hat-trick each. The other goalscorers were Luke SPENCER-WILSON 2, Michael FULLALOVE 2 James WEST 2 and Nicky SCOTT.  The also had another match and this was away to Hemel Tigers also in the league and the young Saints came away with a 6-2 victory with goals being scored by Richard COLLINS, Michael FULLALOVE, Darren BOURNE, Michael HUGHES, Luke SPENCER-WILSON and Marc ANDREWS. The young Saints were 5-0 up at half time. Players who played in both matches are as follows; Crewdson, Feakes, Fletcher, Bennett, Bourne, Collins, Andrews, Spencer-Wilson, Edwards, Hughes, Fullalove, Scott, West, Barrett.

The Under 11's were at home to Hemel Aces and although they could only field ten players they still proved to strong for the visitors and won 5-1 with two goals from David YEO and two goals from Stephen HERBERT plus one from Kevin HARBER following what was a fine team performance. Team; Hayes, Pini, Davis, Burr, Herbert, Gains, Yeo, Bett, Harber, Adams.

The Under 13's lost 2-0 away to Potters Bar Utd in the league following a tremendous game with plenty of goalmouth action at both ends. Team: Hobbs, Brewster, Pacheco, Southward, Hill, Mazerella, Day, P. Douglas, Lynch, C. Douglas, Derby, Vickers (all played.


YOUTH TEAM NEWS SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER.   On Sunday, the Under 18's defeated Welwyn Garden Colts 5-1 in the league and scoring the goals were Jeff ADAMS 2, Darren GOSLING, Stefan SARWA and Nick BERRYMAN.

The Under 16's also went nap with a 5-2 win over Potters Bar Crusaders in the league with Jonathan GOODALL scoring a brace whilst David CUTMORE, Steven GLENNON and Stan BISHOP all scored one apiece.   

The Under 15's match was all one sided with the young Saints running out winners by nine goals to one against Gadeside. Derek LAFBERY scored a hat-trick which was followed by brace from Jason KERDGERLY whilst Mick STONE, Tony FARDELLA, Neville BOWMAN and Bobby STOREY all went on to score one goal each.

Paul FERDINAND, Nick WEAVER and James SHEPHERD gave the Under 14's a 3-2 victory over Forest in a cup match whilst the Under 13's went down 4-0 to Barnet Beavers in the league but Seren Seaborn was very unlucky when he saw his shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down onto the goal line and out and back into play.

The Under 12's defeated Cunningham 4-3 in a challenge cup match with Dave ROFF, Dave BEDFORD, Peter COLLINS and Paul SMALL all getting on the score sheet whilst Under 11's lost 1-0 to Garston Boys to an extremely late goal. 

The Under 10's went to the top of their league table with a fine 2-1 over Abbots Youth with the first goal being scored by Richard COLLINS following good work from Luke Spencer-Wilson and Nicky Scott. The visitors equalized just before half time and then Nicky Scott nearly restored their lead but alas his shot came back off the crossbar. Midway through the second period Richard COLLINS struck the winner and also his second goal of the game following a corner kick taken by Darren Bourne.


YOUTH TEAM NEWS SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER.   The Under 18's recorded a 7-2 win over Farm Hall with goals from Jeff ADAMS 2, Nick BERRYMAN 2, Andy GRINDROD, Stefan SARWA AND John FERGUSON. 

The Under 15's were away to Forest last Sunday and they shattered their opponents unbeaten record with a 6-0 hammering. Derek LAFBERRY and Neville BOWMAN each scored twice with the others coming from Jason KEDGELEY and Tony FARDELLA as City boosted their league challenge. 

The Under 14's also had a fine victory by crushing Boreham Wood Cosmos 9-1 with James SHEPHERD helping himself to four goals with two from Nick WEAVER plus singles from Paul FERDINAND, Matthew GAUTHIER plus an own goal. 

The Under 13's lost 6-0 at home to Potters Bar United with Seren Seaborn, Colin Douglas and Martin Atkinson all going close for the young Saints but the visitors keeper had a good game in that he stopped them from pulling any goals back following this good game. 

A extra -time goal from David ROFFE put the Under 12's into the semi-final of the Silver Jubilee Cup with a 2-1 win over Forest with David BEDFORD scoring the other goal. 

The Under 11's conceded three goals in the second half in their 4-0 defeat by Boreham Wood Juniors. 

The Under 10's came back from being 1-0 down to win 2-1 against Boreham Wood with goals from Marc ANDREWS and Richard COLLINS whilst both Andrews and James Feakes had good games for the young Saints.


Under 18's    2 (Nick BERRYMAN, Bert ROBERTSON) Cunningham     1

Under 15's    6 (Tony FARDELLA 3, Jason KIRBY 2, Jason KEDGLEY)  Cunningham   2

Under 14's   1 (Jimmy FRANKLIN)  Princes Park    1

Under 13's     4 (Andrew DARBY, Colin DOUGLAS, Mark HILL, Paul DOUGLAS) Farm Hall    3

Under 12's    0     Potters Bar Utd     2

Under 11's     2 (Russ DAVIS, Nicholas BETT) Gadeside    3

The Under 10's played in a top of the table clash against Hemel Aces and the match was really end to end with the result ending up finally at 1-1. Although the young Saints went close with shots from Darren Bourne and Luke Spencer-Wilson it was Hemel Aces who took the lead in the first half but early in the second period the Under 10's drew level with a goal from Michael HUGHES following a good flowing move between Darren Bourne, Samuel Jones and James West. Keeper Rajive Samarasinhe made a couple of fine saves to keep Hemel from retaking the lead whilst Michael Fletcher had a solid game in defence.

YOUTH TEAM NEWS SUNDAY 22ND JANUARY.   On the Boreham Wood league front saw the Under 18's go down to Welwyn 1-0 while the Under 16's hammered Sellotape 13-2 with Paul CURTIS scoring four goals whilst there was a hat-trick from the dynamic Gary McSHANE. There were also two goals apiece from Stephen GLENNON and Jon GOODHALL with singles from Lee ATTFIELD and David CUTMORE.   

The Under 14's were unfortunate to go out of the challenge cup against local rivals Boreham Wood Cosmos with them trailing 2-0 at half time. The young Saints dominated the second half and they pull a goal back through James SHEPHERD, but they missed numerous other chances to draw level. Then they were awarded a penalty but alas they found the Cosmos who had been in fine form pull off a great save to stop Simon Leavold from equalizing in the final minutes of the game and so they eventually lost 2-1. 

The Under 13's lost 5-2 at Forest with goals from Paul DOUGLAS and Phillip MAZZARELLA for the young Saints: 

Two goals from Paul SMALL and another one from David BEDFORD contributed to a 3-1 for the Under 12's against Potters Bar and this now puts them into the final of the Silver Jubilee Trophy.

YOUTH TEAM NEWS:  On Friday March 30th saw the Under 16's come back from being behind to win the Boreham Wood Youth League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 win over Woodland Wanderers, the match was played at Boreham Wood F. C.  After taking the lead with a goal by Paul CURTIS the Saints they then found themselves 2-1 down at half time. The Under 16's then hit back in the second period with yet another fine goal from Paul CURTIS and just before the final whistle up popped David CUTMORE to strike home the winning goal and make the final score 3-2 to St Albans City Youth Under 16's:    Following this game on Sunday they played a league match and dropped a couple of points plus missed a couple of good chances as well in a 1-1 draw with Potters Bar Utd  with David CUTMORE scoring the only goal for the Under 16's.

FOOTNOTE.   GARY McSHANE who played for St Albans City Youth went on to play numerous times for the Saints 1st team plus London Colney FC and a few other local teams as well. Gary's father Tony (Tawny McSHANE) also played for St Albans whilst Gary's son Jack is in Colney Heath's Under 18's and as also played for their Reserves and 1st team this season. To show football is certainly in the family tree Gary's daughter Rebecca has played for Watford Ladies FC and she is now playing for Milton Keynes Ladies now.