City Youth Match Reports Reports from 1990 - Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found more trivia from 30 years ago.

Well done Terry Edwards.


The Under 11's East ran out easy winners when they defeated South Oxhey away in the league 9-1 with a hat-trick from Matt PHILLIPS plus a brace each from Steven McKeown, Tony KERBY and Andrew WRAY.  Team: Butcher, Marriott, Upjohn, Timberlake, G. Morgan, Hull, Kerby, Wray, Phillips, Brown, McKeown, Jameson. (all played).   

An own goal was all the Under 11's West had to show as they lost 5-1 at home to Hemel Olympic and it could have been more if it was not for the young Saints keeper Tony Shadbolt who had an excellent game between the sticks. Squad: Shadbolt, Cutmore, I. Morgan, Claxton, Erentrauts, Howley, Darby, Seeby, Fricker, Stevenson, Hawkins, Beer (all played).  

The Under 12's South lost 8-0 at home to Gadeside in the league while the Under 12's North lost but only by the scoreline 2-0 at home to London Colney also in a league match. Squads: South: Hallmen, Pyke, Rosenthal, Pearman, Fitch, Parmar, Black, Getley, McManus, Strawson, King, Barnes (all played).   North: Milner, Mead, Adams, Gentry, Garrett, Dean, Gisbourne, Lawrence, Baladi, Scorer, Stevenson, Constable (all played). 

Well after some poor results we will get back to some good results with the first being the Under 13 South who beat East Finchley 5-1 at home in the league with Steve FLITTON scoring plus singles from the "Blonde Bomber " Ross ELLIOTT, Danny BOWMAN and Liam O'SULLIVAN. Squad: Sankey, Elliott, Lawrence, Mulkerrin, Bee, Tyrrel, Flitton, Edwards, Thompson, Dodd, Denholm, O'Sullivan, Bowman (all played.

Three goals each from Mark WARRINER and Craig CHAPMAN plus two from Robert DAY saw the Under 13's North defeat Cunningham Youth away 8-2 in the league. Squad: Bunyan, W. Page, Prior, Clark, Russo, B. Page, Veasey, Chapman, Douglas, Warriner, Day, Redford (all played).     

The match of the day was the Under 14's in the quarter-final of the County Cup in which they were at home to S & K Youth. The Saints took the lead with a goal scored direct from a corner kick which was curled in by Alex MORRISSEY against an extraordinarily strong wind. The visitors hit back with an equaliser just before half time but early into the second period the Under 14's North retook the lead when they hit two goals in the space of five both of which were both scored by Ash CHOUDHURY both of which came about with playing a quick one-twos with Chris Field on the edge of the box. Merck HOSSACK made it 4-1 with a fine header at the far post after an Ash Choudhury corner kick but S & K quickly hit back to make 4-2. Then a fine solo goal by Ash CHOUDHURY after he beat three defenders plus the goalkeeper which saw him stroke the ball home to complete his hat-trick and to make it 5-2 and restore the Saints three goal lead. S & K though hit back with another goal to make 5-3 and some S & K supporters were really getting a bit noisy now but Stuart WRIGHT silenced them when he broke clear and although his first shot was blocked he promptly drove home the rebound to make the final score 6-3 to complete a fine victory. Squad: Varley, Fletcher, Thompson, Smith, Carter, Hossack, Blackburn, Field, Choudhury, Shaw, Morrissey, Wright, Edwards (all played).     

The Under 15's West also hit a few goals when they struck 12 past Cunningham Youth to win 12-1 in a home league match. Leading the way was Paul YOUNG with 5, Chris YEO 2, Mark LEADBETTER 2, Paul CLARK, Paul TAYLOR and Jesse McIntosh. Squad: Chapman, Lindsay, Hamer, Allen, Lawrence, McIntosh, Clark, Leadbetter, Taylor, Young, Yeo, Smith (all played).     

The Under 15's East got a good result when they beat Enfield away in the league 3-2 with two goals from Andrew GRIFFIN plus a single from Steven DUNN.  Squad: Rosato, Bolding, Stapleton, Tucker, Cox, Griffin, Bradbury, Rooley, Dudey, Jahangeer, Hamilton, Dunn (all played).   

Another team that got a good result was the Under 16's South who were playing away in the league to Cockfosters whom they beat 3-1 with Paul HALBERT hitting a brace and Ray ACKROYD striking home a penalty to round off another fine team performance. Squad: Baker, Ackroyd, Farney, Warpole, McInerney, Butler, Gilder, Underwood, Laing, Wallace, Halbert, Young, McDonald (all played).   

The Under 16's North meanwhile had some hard luck in their home league match with Lyonsdown in which they lost 2-1 and although they were 2-0 they tried to fight back but luck was against them as when first a Craig Attfield free kick hit the hit the inside of the near post and ran along the goal line before being cleared. Lee Irvine follow up shot hit the foot of the other post and this was also cleared before being hacked clear but finally they pulled a goal back after some pressure when Andy BURKE headed home at the far upright following a well-placed free kick from Craig Attfield into the box. Squad: Elliott, Cannon, Edwards, Burgess, Attfield, Guy, Bennett, Dunbar, Irvine, Long, Beale, Burke (all played).   Footnote: Paul Halbert went on to play a few 1st team matches for Aldershot in Division 4 of the Football League.


On Sunday in the Boreham Wood League Challenge Cup saw St Albans Youth have two teams in the semi-finals. In the first semi-final the Under 16's South were away to S & K Youth and they earned a place in the final with three superb goals from Andy LAING who was really on fire on the day. The game was marred though when young Steve Butler was taken to hospital with a broken leg after a very tackle in the second half. Squad: Merrick, Ackroyd, Farney, Warpole, McInerney, Butler, Gilder, Herbert, Laing, Wallace, Halbert, McDonald (all played).     

In the other semi-final the Under 16's North forced a 3-3 draw to earn a replay at home to Lyonsdown with the visitors leading 3-2 with only seconds to go when up popped Darren GUY to send a delightful 30 yard lob over the Lyonsdown keeper for a great solo goal. The Saints other goals were scored by Darren GUY with a penalty plus a great curling free kick from Craig ATTFIELD in the first half. Squad: Elliott, Cannon, Edwards, Burgess, Attfield, Guy, Alam, Dunbar, Irvine, Williams, Beale, Burke, Bennett (all played).     

The Saints Under 14's were also involved in a cup match when they were at home to Princess Park in the Benevolent Shield. Despite playing well below form they still won 3-0 with two well taken goals from their prolific goalscorer Ash CHOUDHURY plus a 40-yard free kick Alex MORRISSEY which sailed into the top left-hand corner of the net. Squad: Varley, Fletcher, Thompson, Smith, Carter, Hossack, Wright, Field, Choudhury, Shaw, Morrissey, Blackburn (all played).     

The Under 15's West continue to score goals when they won 8-1 away to Don Bosco in the league with six players being on the scoresheet. Leading the way was Gavin YOUNG with 3 plus singles from the following Stuart LAWRENCE, Mark LEADBETTER, Chris YEO, Paul TAYLOR, and Daniel GEORGE. Team: Chapman, Smith, Hamer, Allen, Lindsay, Lawrence, George, Leadbetter, Taylor, Young, Yeo.       

With only nine players the Under 15's East kept the scoreline down to 3-2 at half time in their home match with Sellotape but in the last ten minutes the visitors hit another three goals to win 6-2. The East's goals were scored by Andrew GRIFFIN and Steven DUNN. Team: Day, Stapleton, Dudley, Bolding, Griffin, Murray, Hamilton, Rosato, Dunn.       

The Under 12's North were playing for three points when they played Boreham Wood Youth away and with goals from Chris SCORER, Neil STEVENSON and Simon DEAN saw them win 3-1 to take all the points. Team: Milner, Mead, Garrett, Gentry, Adams, Field, Gisbourne, Dean, Scorer, Scase, Stevenson.     

In a very close match saw the Under 12's South lose 2-0 at home to London Colney in the league. Squad: Marshall, McManus, Pyke, Fitch, King, Pearman, Getley, Patel, Black, Burr, Hallmen, Barnes (all played).       

 The Under 11's East were at home to Tigers Youth in the league whom they beat 3-1 with Steve McKeown hitting a brace whilst Matthew PHILLIPS completed the scoreline. Team: Butcher, Marriott, Upjohn, Timberlake, K. Morgan, Hull, Hames, Wray, Phillips, McKeown, Brown.       

The other Under 11's the West also had a 3-1 scoreline but it was the visitors Tornadoes JSC who scored the three goals whilst Daniel SEEBY scored the West's only goal. Squad: Shadbolt, Broadwell, Cutmore, I. Morgan, Howley, Erentrauts, Beer, Seeby, Fricker, Hawkins, Claxton, Stevenson (all played).         

A goal apiece from Martin THOMPSON and Piers CARRUTHERS saw the Under 10's defeat Evergreen 2-0 at home in the Challenge Cup. Squad: Bonington, Anderson, Gibb, Jukes, Brazil, Barber, Harvey, Thompson, Turner, Scase, Carruthers, Watts, Watters (all played).

FOOTNOTE:   As you can see these are two sets of reports from one of St Albans City FC match day programmes. This is impossible to do now due to the number of teams.