City Youth Match Reports Reports more from 1990/91 - 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 12's East were at home to Sellotape in the league and although they were 1-0 up through an own goal in the end, they had to be content with a point as the match finally ended in a 1-1 draw. Team: Butcher, G. Morgan, Beasant, Upjohn, Hull, Kerby, McKeown, Martin, Marriott, Hames, Phillips.     

Manager Phil Hallman was delighted with the Under 13's South performance as they defeated Boreham Wood JSC away 2-0 in the league with a goal apiece from Chris BLACK and Ben HALLMAN. Team: Lockwood, McManus, Parkin, King, Eve, Fitch, Pearman, Burr, Black, Hillman, Getley.       

There was a bit of a surprise for the Under 14's North when they went a goal down to Cockfosters in the first minute who had only eight players but they did turn up with nine but one got injured in the warm up before the match had kicked off.  After this set back the Saints took command and eventually ran out easy winners by seventeen goals to one, 17-1. Leading the way was Giovanni RUSSO with 8 goals and then came both Mark WARRINER and Robert DAY with a hat-trick each plus two from Tom WESTCOTT and a single from Craig CHAPMAN. Squad: Tucker, Owen, W. Page, Westcott, Veasey, Pearman, Redford, Clarke, Russo, Warriner, Day, Chapman, Mazzeo (all played).     

The Under 17's were at home to Boreham Wood and by half time they were 4-0 down but after a chat from acting manager Mike Attfield the second half was a completely different affair and the Saints hit back with three goals. Lee ATTFIELD scored of the goals whilst Andy BEALE hit the third and he even had another effort against the crossbar with other players having numerous efforts cleared off the line but they had to be content with just three despite a excellent second half performance. Squad: Elliott, Cannon, Taylor, Attfield, White, Irvine, Long, Andrews, Bailey, Beale, Guy, Brosnan Edwards (all played).       


In the afternoon there was a friendly match between the Under 15's and Under 16's with boys from the Under 14's and Under 17's  to add their names to the squads and so it turned into match with a right mixture of lads from four different age groups. The Under 16's won 2-0 with two goals from Chris YEO and it must be there were 4 sets of brothers playing on the pitch all at one time and they were John Clark, Paul Clark, Barry Edwards, Laurence Edwards, Derren Elliott, Ross Elliott, Matt Lawrence and Stewart Lawrence. Could that ever happen again. The rest of the players were James Varley, Phil Franklin, Chris Yeo, Gary Sippetts, Simon Gammon, Stephen Chapman, Tim Carter, Russell Twigg, Daniel Bowman, Jose Moreno, James Gill, Nick Shaw, Darren Kipling, Jesse McIntosh, Paul Taylor, Paul Bentley, and Matthew Miller.    


The Under 10's drew at home to Harpenden Colts 1-1 with Roland JAMES the Saints scorer. Squad: Dawe, Fellowes, Markham, Pallett, Seeby, Godfrey, Goom, Hamilton, James, Jenkins, Martin, Woodley, P. Morgan (all played).       

Away to Woodhall Wanderers saw the Under 11's B play very well as they ran out winners 5-3 with two goals from Philip TURNER (both penalties) and singles from Matthew SCAYSBROOK, Martin THOMPSON, and Piers CARRUTHERS. Team: Bonington, Watts, Scase, Jukes, Brazil, Turner, Thompson, Carruthers, Scaysbrook, Harvey.       

Lee MILES scored the only goal for the Under 11's A as they lost 4-1 away to Evergreen in the league. Squad: Cornish, M. Coughlan, J. Coughlan, Goodier, Black, Carter, Sibley, McCallum, Searle, Miles, Taylor, Meakins, Paiacchiola (all played). 

Playing Sellotape away in the league were the Under 12's West and their hosts really got stuck in to win 5-0. Team: Shadbolt, Cutmore, I. Morgan, Stephenson, Claxton, Skidmore, Burgess, Ashley, Griffiths, Howley, Fricker.     

A fine performance by the Under 12's East away to Garston Boys in the County Cup saw them 8-0 and they are now into the quarterfinals. Scorers were Stephen McKEOWN 4, Simon MARTIN 2, Matthew PHILLIPS, and David UPJOHN. Squad: Butcher, Kerby, Beasant, Hull, Wray, Timberlake, Hames, Upjohn, Martin, McKeown, Phillips, G. Morgan, Mummery (all played).         

The Under 13's South continue their good run in the league with a 1-0 home win over Peckwater Strikers with Chris BLACK scoring the only goal of the match. Squad; Lockwood, Hill, King, Parkin, McManus, Pearman, Fitch, Burr, Black, Hallman, Getley, Rosenthal, Eve (all played).   

Simon DEAN scored the only goal for the Under 13's North as they lost 8-1 to Gadeside Rangers in the Ron Sharp Trophy.  Squad: Milner, Mead, Scorer, Garrett, Lawrence, Shadbolt, Field, Sissons, Stevenson, Dean, Scase, Gentry (all played).     

The Under 14's South lost 2-0 away to Princes Park in a league match. Squad: Thompson, Lawrence, O'Sullivan, Mulkerrin, Sankey, Elliott, Prowle, Flitton, Bowman, Edwards, Godden, Denholm (all played).         

Continuing their great goalscoring run were the Under 14's North as they defeated London Colney away 6-1 in the league with the goals coming from Giovanni RUSSO 2, Mark REDFORD 2, Tom PEARMAN and Craig CHAPMAN. Squad: Tucker, Owen, W. Page, Wescott, Veasey, Mazzzeo, Russo, Newton, Warriner, Pearman, Day, Redford, Chapman (all played).         

Making his debut for the Under 15's was Jose MORENO and scored both of the Saints goals in their 2-1 win away at Sellotape in the Fawcett Trophy whilst Phil Franklin had a brilliant game in goal for the Under 15's. Team: Franklin, Edwards, Fletcher, Gill, Smith, Field, Twigg, Miller, Shaw, Carter, Moreno.       

Also, in the Fawcett Trophy saw the Under 16's East lose 7-2 at home to Princes Park with Philip HAYTON and Ian STAPLETON scoring the young Saints goals. Team: Bradbury, Bolding, Dudey, Tucker, Thrussell, Stapleton, Dunn, Snoad, Williams, Hayton, Day.       

In the Benevolent Shield were the Under 17's and despite a good display from the Saints they eventually went down 5-2 with Lee IRVINE and Jason BAILEY getting their names on the score sheet. Squad: Elliott, Cannon, Taylor, White, Attfield, Edwards, Irvine, Andrews, Bailey, Beale, Brosnan, Dunbar (all played).

FOOTNOTE:   Simon Martin, who was playing for the under 12's East in 1990 went on to play for the 1st team for St Albans City, making his debut off the bench and scoring within a minute in 1996 to earn a 1 – 0 victory, all this whilst still playing for the Youth team managed by Mervyn Morgan and David Wray. Simon had four spells with the first team scoring 90 goals (which puts him in the top ten goalscorers list for the club) and made over 300 appearances, which again puts him in the top twenty appearance of all time for St Albans City FC.