City Youth Match Reports Reports from 1996/97 - Tezzas Days gone bye

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Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found more trivia from 34 years ago.

Well done Terry Edwards.

SEASON 1996 - 97. INFORMATION FROM THE ST ALBANS CITY PROGRAMME.

SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 1996 F. A. CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND.

ST ALBANS CITY   V   LONDON COLNEY (The match was officially a home match for London Colney).

SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER; THE NEXT GENERATION    - SAINTS YOUTH MATCH REPORTS: 

The City Youth making a winning start to the season and they carried on from the previous season 1995-96 which ended with the Under 18's West being crowned the County Cup winners which saw them led by Manager Jeff Lawrence and Coach Mark Clark. 

This season's Under 18's continued their winning ways last Sunday with a 4-1 away to Hemel Youth with Antonio PEPE, who played for 30 minutes for the 1st team last season in their draw against Chelmsford in the Eastern Floodlight Cup scoring two goals. The other two goals in the 4-1 win came from Brett HOSSACK and Ian HAMBLEM.

Highest scorers of the day were the Under 17's who travelled to and annihilated Chorleywood 12-0 with Marc FARROW having a day to remember by scoring 6 of the goals. The scorers were Ross TAIT 2, Phil TURNER, Russell McCALLUM, Sam LEDGER and Luke SNOW. 

Also playing in the League Cup were the Under 15's West who made the most of a hat-trick from David NICHOLLS when winning 6-2 away to Riverside AFC. Adam GARDEN also grabbed a couple of goals and new signing Dominic COLLINS marked his debut with a goal from the edge of the penalty area.     

The second of three City Youth sides to get into double figures last Sunday were the Under 14's who saw Croxley Guild away 10-0 despite being only 3-0 up at half time. The home side could not contain Chris GOODIER and Daniel TANSLEY as both scored second half hat-tricks. The rout was taken into double figures with further goals from Kevin COULSON 2, Andrew CLARKE and Giles SMITH. The most bizarre goal of the day was scored by Kevin Coulson who claimed one of his two goals whilst wearing the goalkeeper’s jersey.       

Another player starting the season with a hat-trick was Greg DEACON whose treble laid the foundation for the Under 13's to trounce Chiltern United 8-2 in the League Cup. Dean PARSONS chipped in with a brace and there were singles in Oliver FRANKS, Russell POPPLEWELL and Peter HANSON during this emphatic away win.

SHADES OF BILLY MINTER: Top individual scorer on the day Jonathan SMITHERS who marked in his debut for the City Youth Under 12's East during a Group A Red, White and Blue Shield match with 7 goals. Unlike the Saints record goalscorer Billy Minter who scored seven times in a F. A. Cup tie yet still finished on the losing side young Jonathan Smithers was on the winning side as the Saints won somewhat convincingly 11-2 against Hemel Celtic. The remaining four goals were shared by Sam PARRETT, Luke TARRANT, Scott TIMMINS and Joe McCARTHY.       

The winning streak was maintained by the 12's West who defeated Comet Reds 2-1 in Group C of the Red, White Blue Shield. First half goals from Allister COLLINS and Robert WISE, the latter on his debut put the young Saints in command and they could even afford the luxury of missing a twice taken penalty.       

In Group B of the Autumn Cup saw the City Youth Under 11's won 3-1 away to Radlett Rangers with a couple of goals from Raonull McKINNON and a single from new signing Paul BRAME.   

The Under 10's East made a very impressive debut in the League Cup with a 8-0 victory away to Sun Postal Pumas. Proving to be a cut above the opposition was Harry HUNT who notched five goals of the young Saints goals. Joe BRAME with a brace and Adam STANLEY added to the home team’s misery.         

Making it a clean sweep for City youth last weekend were the 10's West who accounted for Woodhall Wanderers Blue in Group F of the League Cup. Robert BATTERSLY and Tom BARNARD scored the goals which ensured a winning start to the for all ten of the St Albans City Youth sides in action. Well done Boys, keep it up.

St Albans City Youth round up kindly supplied by Terry Edwards.

MANGERS FOR THE 1996-97 SEASON.

UNDER 18'S Mervyn Morgan & Dave Wray,   

UNDER 17'S Peter Harvey, 

UNDER 16'S Ian Woods,   

UNDER 15'S EAST Geoff Watts, 

UNDER 15'S WEST Richard Gaskin,   

UNDER 14'S Ken Coulson,   

UNDER 13'S Ian Parsons,   

UNDER 12 EAST John Seeby,   

UNDER 12'S WEST Clive Attwood,

UNDER 11'S Bob Blyth,  

UNDER 10'S EAST Mike Colin,   

UNDER 10'S WEST  Brian Pyke.

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City Youth Match Reports Reports from 1991/92 - Tezzas Days gone bye

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

Well done Terry Edwards.

THESE ARE REPORTS WHICH WERE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME FOR THE ST ALBANS CITY FC UNDER 18'S V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE IN THE F. A. YOUTH CUP 2ND ROUND which was played at Clarence Park on Wednesday 27th November during the 1991-92 Season.

We start with the Under 18's Midweek team cup run in the F. A. Youth Cup. TEAM FROM Jamie Percival, Murray Smith, Greg Pearson, Danny Kingshott, Lee Wakefield, Lee Dowden, Lee Godwin, Mark Underwood, Barry Yates, Kevin Durrant, Mark Swales, Nicky Scott, Nicky Butcher, Craig Alderman, Gary Campion. Alas St Albans City Under 18's did not get through to the next round as Plymouth won 4-0 after scoring two goals in each half but the young Saints did play well throughout the game and it was also a great performance for the squad to get to the 2nd round proper.

The Under 18's had got this far by beating Billericay Town at home in the preliminary round 4-1 with two goals from Barry YATES plus one apiece from Mark UNDERWOOD and Lee DOWDEN.  In the 1st qualifying round they drew away 1-1  to Braintree with Barry YATES scoring the equalizing goal and in the replay at Clarence Park saw the young Saints storm to a 8-2 win with goals from Barry YATES 2, Lee DOWDEN 2, Mark UNDERWOOD, Kevin DURRANT, Adam PARKER and Nicky SCOTT.

In the 2nd qualifying saw them win 3-1 away to Clapton and getting on the score sheet were Mark UNDERWOOD, Kevin DURRANT and Barry YATES whilst in the 1st round proper saw them play Whyteleafe also away and goals from Mark UNDERWOOD and Mark SWALES saw the Under 18's record a 2-0 victory.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25th, 1991: ST ALBANS CITY YOUTH MATCH REPORTS.

The Under 10's were away to Garston Boys and despite having most of the play they found themselves 1-0 down at half time. In the second period the young Saints kept the pressure up and were rewarded when Paul TAYLOR headed the equalizer from a Jonathan Jenkins cross. Paul TAYLOR then made it 2-1 to the Saints after a fine run into the box and then a low shot past the Garston keeper whilst Liam TILLEY struck a superb volley to make the final score 3-1 following a neat pass from Arthur Hook. Squad: Burton, Watts, Whitlock, Coulson, Thompson, Tilley, Jenkins, Hook, Fairbairn, Taylor, Cutmore, Edwards, Perchard (all played).   

A goal apiece from Roland JAMES and Grant HAMILTON saw the Under 11's defeat Ember Echoes 2-0 in the Autumn Cup.  Team: Daw, Markham, Morgan, Fellowes, Pallett, Seeby, Hamilton, Woodley, Day, James Coughlan.   

The Under 12's South were at home to East Finchley and they lost finally 6-3 after a real end to end match.  Scoring for the Under 12' South were Sam SIBLEY, Mark TAYLOR and Lee MILES.  Squad: Cornish, McCullum, M. Coughlan, Minro, Blyth, Clark, Sibley, Carter, Miles, Goodier, Hatch (all played).

The Under 12's North carry on their unbeaten record in the league with the thrashing of Cockfosters away by the score of 13-1. Leading the goalscorers was Anthony PIKE with four plus hat-tricks from Liam HARVEY and Piers CARRUTHERS and a brace from Martin THOMPSON and a single from Sam LANE. The Saints have now played 7 matches in the league of which they have won 6 and drawn one with 49 goals for and 8 against. Squad: Williams, Barber, Scase, Jukes, Brazil, Pyke, Harvey, Thompson, Austin, Carruthers, Lane, Spencer-Brand, Watts (all played):     

The Under 14's South lost heavily away to Barnet A.  Team: Getley, Hill, Parkin, Lockwood, Burr, Abbott, Eve, Pearman, King, Behan, Leahy.      

A hat-trick from Mark SHABOLT lead the way for the Under 14's North as they defeated Boreham Wood at home 7-3 with the other goals coming from Tom LAWRENCE 2 and two from Simon DEAN: Squad: Milner, Field, Mead, Daw, Rawle, Garrett, Shadbolt, Gentry, Lawrence, Stevenson, Dean, Baladi(all played).

Two goals from Stephen FLITTON and one each from Simon WOOD and Michael EDWARDS gave the 15's South a 4-1 victory over Boreham Wood in the league.  Squad: Thompson, Lawrence, Prowle, Sankey, Gibson, Bass, Heart, Denholm, Edwards, Elliott, Flitton, Wood, Hancock (all played).

The Under 16's had an extremely easy match as their opposition Princes Park failed to turn up.

The 17 East lost 6-0 at home to Cockfosters despite keeping the scoreline at 0-0 at half time.

In a top of the table clash saw the Under 17's West take on Princes Park at home and following a very close match saw the Saints win 2-1 with goals from Mark SELLERS and Paul LINDSAY and this victory now puts them top of the table. Squad: Chapman, Pickett, Gammon, Allen, Lawrence, Young, Sellers, Kipling, Taylor, George, Yeo, Lindsay, Smith (all played).

The Under 18's had a very easy match away to Barnet in the league because the home side could only field 8 players, but the Saints still made heavy work of it and they only won by six goals to nil. Scoring the goals was Sean BROSNAN with a hat-trick plus a brace from Andy BEALE and one own goal:  Squad: Elliott, Edwards, Taylor, White, Attfield, Bailey, Long, Andrews, Irvine, Beale, Brosnan, Cannon, Bennett (all played).

As you can see from these notes that in the Saints programmes they not only printed the results from the STACY matches but they also put in the names of all the players who played in each game as yours truly Tezza asked for these from the managers so he could put them in. Doing this helped the Club win the Non-League Wirral Programme Club Award for the season 1987-88 season which saw them come top out of 773 entries around the country.

The Editors were Terry Edwards, Ray Stanton and Mr St Albans stats himself David Tavener.

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

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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. 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24TH PAUL McHugh MEMORIAL TROPHY. 

ST ALBANS CITY YOUTH 18'S 4 v 1 HARPENDEN COLTS 18'S.

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.

SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER F.A. CUP 2nd QUALIFYING ROUND HORNCHURCH.

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.

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER SERVOWARM ISTHMIAN LEAGUE DIV 2 BASILDON UNITED.

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.

TUESDAY 11TH OCTOBER LONDON SENIOR CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND WEMBLEY.

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.

SATURDAY 22ND OCTOBER SERVOWARM ISTHMIAN LEAGUE DIV 2. DORKING.

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.

SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER WALLSPAN SOUTHERN COMBINATION LEAGUE ST ALBANS RESERVES v BARTON ROVERS RESERVES.

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.

TUESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER SERVOWARM ISTHMIAN LEAGUE DIV 2. LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY. 

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.

SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER HERTS SENIOR CUP 2ND ROUND. CHESHUNT. 

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.

YOUTH TEAM NEWS SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER.   RESULTS & SCORERS.     

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.

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City Youth Match Reports Apperances 86/87 Season - Tezzas Days gone bye

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

Well done Terry Edwards.

After 10 articles in the series 'Tezza's Days gone Bye' covering St Albans City Youth match reports from the past, we are now going to do appearances and goals for each player during a couple of seasons which appeared in the ST ALBANS CITY F.C. YEARBOOK.

This was compiled by David Tavener with the Youth information supplied by Tezza The first one is from the 1986-87 season.

SEASON 1986-87.       ##  = No Goals.

UNDER 10'S.   MANAGER ALAN GODDEN.

ROSS ELLIOTT    App   24   Goals  18,   

STEPHEN FLITTON     Apps  24   Goals  13,   

ROBERT DAY    Apps  22   Goals   28,   

SIMON SANKEY    Apps   22  ##

MICHAEL EDWARDS    Apps   21   Goals   10,   

LEIGH GODDEN   Apps  21   Goals  2,   

MATTHEW LAWRENCE   Apps  21  ##,   

LEE THOMPSON   Apps  21  ##,

  MARTIN CHARD   Apps 18  ##,   

SIMON GAINS  Apps  18   Goals  5,   BARRY SHARP    Apps 17  ##  , 

MARK WARRINER   Apps  16   Goals  14,

ANDREW HARRIS   Apps 15  Goals  3, 

GARETH TUCKER  Apps  14  ##, 

PAUL VICKERS   Apps  7  ##,   

PAUL CATTERMOLE   Apps 5  ##,   GARETH HUNT  Apps  5  ##,

ANDREW DAYTON  Apps 3  ##,   

CRAIG GARRET   Apps  3  ##,   

DAVID EDWARDS   Apps  1  ##  ::

UNDER 11'S.   MANAGER JACK CLARKE.

CHRIS FIELD   Apps  28  Goals  2,   

STEPHEN BLACKBURN  Apps 25  Goals  18, 

SIMON BRADLEY  Apps 25  ##,   

JONATHAN RICE  Apps 25  Goals 19, 

BEN SMITH  Apps 25  Goals  2, 

ANDREW THOMPSON  App 25  Goals  2,   

NICKY SHAW   Goals  5,   

DAVE MORLEY  Apps  22  Goals  15, 

TIM CARTER  Apps  21  ##,

ERROL HUGHES  Apps 21  Goals  14,   

JAMES VARLEY  Apps 20  ##,   

PHIL FRANKLIN   Apps 19  Goals  3,   

MERYCK POWELL   Apps  18   Goals  5,

LAURENCE EDWARDS   Apps  17   Goals  5,   

RONNIE WOOLFE   Apps  9  ##,   

OLIVER FAIRBROTHER   Apps  8  Goals  ##, 

MARK RANCE  Apps  6  ##,

ALISTAIR PRATT   Apps  4  ##  ::  

UNDER 12'S   MANAGERS CAROL & MIKE DAY.

PHILIP DAY   Apps  26  Goals  5,   

STUART TUCKER    Apps   26   Goals  7,   

PHILIP DAYTON   Apps  25   Goals  7,   

CHRIS YEO   Apps  25   Goals  19,

MARK HAMER   Apps  24  ##,   

PAUL CAMPBELL  Apps 23   Goals 1,   

ANDREW ROOLEY   Apps  23  Goals  2, 

 STEPHEN CHAPMAN   Apps  22   Goals   10,

SIMON JONES   Apps  23  Goals  3,   

STEWART LAWRENCE  Apps  21   ##,   

ANDREW HIBBERD  Apps  18  ##,   

TIM GATELY   Apps  14   Goals   1,

PAUL LINDSAY  Apps  13   Goals  5, 

TIM ROSKILLY  Apps  12  ##,   

SEAN BRADBURY  Apps  8  ##,   

IAN PEACOCK  Apps  8   Goals  2, 

RICHARD MURRAY   Apps  7   ##,   

SIMON SHADBOLT  Apps  7  ##,   

DARREN SYKES   Apps  5   ##,   

DUNCAN THOMPSON  Apps 2   ## ::

UNDER 13'S   MANAGER PETER BENNETT.

CRAIG ATTFIELD   Apps  18  ##,   

RICHARD THOMAS   Apps  18  Goals  6,   

MARC ANDREWS  Apps  17   Goals  9,   

MICHAEL FLETCHER  Apps  17  Goals  4,

ANDREW BURKE   Apps  16   Goals  1,   

ANDREW HAGGERTY    Apps  16   Goals  6,   

RUSSELL CANNON  Apps  15  ##, 

GARY DUNBAR   Apps 15    Goals  8,

OWEN BARRETT   Apps  14   Goals  2,   

NICK BENNETT  Apps  12  ##,   

NICK VARLEY   Apps  12   Goals  1, 

 ANDREW WILLIAMS   Apps  9  Goals  7,

RAJIVE SAMARASINHE   Apps  7  ##,   

MICHAEL HUGHES  Apps  6   Goals   7,   

SCOTT THOMPSON   Apps  6  ##,   

MARK UPTON   Apps  6  ##,

PAUL BURGESS  Apps  4  ##,   

ALAN ARMSTRONG   Apps  4  ##,   

ANDY KING  Apps  3  Goals  1,   

DELLAN LYNCH  Apps  3  ##::

UNDER 14'S.   MANAGER IAN NICHOLSON.

DAVID KIDNEY  Apps  20   ##,   

JAMES TAYLOR  Apps  20   ##,   

DAVID YEO   Apps  20  Goals  18,   

ADRIAN O'CONNOR  Apps  19  Goals 18, 

KEVIN HARBERE  Apps 18  Goals 3,   

NICK PHILLIPS  Apps  18  Goals  2,   

ADRIAN PINI  Apps  18  Goals  2,   

ALISTAIR GAINS  Apps  17  ##,   

STEPHEN HERBERT  Apps  17  Goals  20,   

STUART  BURLINGTON  Apps  16  ##,   

STEPHEN SMITH  Apps  16  ##,   

ANDY ROBERTS  Apps  12  Goals  2, 

ROBERT MANN  Apps  10  Goals  4,   

NEIL FISHER  Apps  7  ##,   

STEPHEN MILLER  Apps  5  Goals  2, 

MATTHEW HAYES  Apps  4  ##,   

RUSS DAVIES  Apps  3  Goals  1  ::

UNDER 16'S.  MANAGER DAVE ATKINSON.

STUART BREWSTER  Apps  27  ##,   

SEAN RAFFILL  Apps  26  Goals  32,   

TONY GAUTHIER  Apps 24  Goals 2,   

MARCUS BRAMWELL  Apps 24  ##,

MICHAEL VICKERS  Apps 24  Goals  2,   

COLIN DOUGLAS  Apps  23  Goals  11,   

PAUL DOUGLAS  Apps  23  ##,   

ROBERT LARKINS  Apps  23  Goals  9,

MIKE McCARTHY   Apps  23  Goals  5,   

ADAM COPE  Apps  20  Goals  1,   

TIM HOBBS  Apps  20  ##,   

SEREN SEABORN  Apps  19  Goals  15,  

STEVE STOREY   Apps  19  Goals 3,   

MARTIN ATKINSON  Apps  14  Goals  2,   

PAUL TOMS  Apps  11  ##,   

GRAHAM DAY  Apps  8   ##,    

JEREMY DRAKE   Apps  1   ##,     

JAMES GREEN  Apps  1   ##  ::

UNDER 17'S.  MANAGERS IAN WOODS & WILL McAULAY.

MATT GAUTHIER   Apps  20   ##,   

GRAHAM GOLDS   Apps  20  Goals  8,   

PAUL FERDINAND  Apps  19   Goals  2,   

PAUL HIBBERD   Apps  19  ##,

NICK THOMPSON   Apps  19  ##,     

CHRIS ATKINS  Apps  18   Goals  7,   

SIMON LEAVOLD   Apps  17   Goals  8,   

DAVID ALBON   Apps  16   Goals  5,

CRAIG DUNBAR   Apps  16   Goals  2,     

CHRIS GIBSON   Apps  16   ##,   

TONY JARVIS  Apps  16  Goals  2,   

 JOHN RIOS   Apps 16  ##,

ANDY HERBERT  Apps  14   Goals  1,   

JAMES SHEPHERD   Apps  11   Goals  4,   

MICHAEL MURRAY   Apps  9  ##,     

LORNE MURPHY   Apps  9   ##,

JAMES FRANKLIN    Apps  1  ##  ::

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St Albans City Youth Match Reports - St Albans Observer Coverage from 2002 - Tezzas Days gone bye

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Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found some from almost 20 years ago, there are some players names that many of us old managers remember. Well done Terry Edwards.

HERE WE GO AGAIN FOLKS. FROM THE ST ALBANS OBSERVER THURSDAY APRIL 18TH 2002. 

TEZZA SAYS IF ONLY WE HAD THIS COVERAGE NOW.

THERE WERE TWO SPELLING MISTAKES IN THESE REPORTS WHICH I HAVE POINTED OUT AND THEY WERE CERTAINLY NOT TEZZA'S.

MIDWEEK YOUTH.  The midweek youth team needed a last-minute equaliser to earn an exciting a 4-4 draw at Uxbridge. Craig Mackail-Smith should have put the Saints in front after only a few minutes play when was sent clear of the Uxbridge defence, but he shot over with only the keeper to beat. Allister Collins, Greg Deacon and Matt Jones all went close before Allister COLLINS finally open the scoring with a back-post header from an Iain Turkentine’ s corner kick. Turkentine himself might had doubled the lead before a couple of errors at the back-saw Uxbridge score two goals to take a 2-1 lead. Just before the break saw the Saints draw level when Matt JONES finished coolly at the near post whilst Chris SEEBY netted a third goal as they regained the lead early into second half. Once again though Uxbridge were presented a way back into the game by lax defending and retook the lead to go 4-3 up and it looked like it would not be the Saints day as Craig Mackail-Smith had a effort disallowed while another came down off the crossbar but the match had a final sting as the Saints levelled in the final minute with Craig MACKAIL-SMITH firing home a well struck shot to make the final score 4-4.

WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE.   The Under 18's South ran in 5 second half goals to secure the league title with an impressive 5-0 win at home against Cassiobury. Scoring the goals were Kenny HULL with a brace whilst Ollie FRANKS, Ryan HUGHES and Ben GRAHAM were also on target.

Away to nine-man Pinner United saw the Under 18's North go down 3-2 with Lewis DOMMETT and Dean PARSONS scoring for the North.

Meanwhile in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup saw the Under 17's emerge victorious with a narrow 3-2. After a slow start the Saints opened the scoring when Sam PARRETT curled one in from straight by the corner flag. Matt JONES restored the lead just before the interval after Boreham Wood had made it 1-1 and that is how the score remained until the last minute when Boreham Wood scored from a penalty to make it 2-2 but the match was still not finished. Straight from the kick-off saw the Saints rush up the other end and hit home the winner when Allister COLLINS firing home from the edge of the box following a Chris Bergin pass. 

The Under 16's were also in cup semi-final action eventually emerging victorious by six goals to three. After going a goal down to Lyonsdown inside five minutes they then hit back with a hat-trick from Matt HANSON plus a Mark PARADISE (1st mistake in paper as his first name is spelt as Park) goal to go 4-1 up at the break. Two quick goals after the break made it 4-3 before Michael EMMETT and James HARVEY struck again for the Saints to record a 6-3 win.

BUSHEY FRIENDLY LEAGUE.   The Under 15's West met the Under 15's East in the Challenge Cup which saw the 15's East finally running out comfortable winners by five goals to nil. Mark SAVORY scored the first three goals (named spelt Sanory in the paper 2nd mistake) before Edward CALLON and Andy FASSNIDGE completed the rout whilst Ben Conrad was named man of the match.

In the league the Under 15 East went down 3-1 against Cassiobury with Stephen PYKE scoring their only goal whilst Jason Slough and Andy Sharpe shared the man of the match award.

The Under 14's West won their Charity Shield match at Comet Cougars 2-1 with both Bob SINGH and Phil ADAMS on target but neither could prevent a 4-1 defeat in the league against Abbotts Youth with Phil ADAMS scoring the West’s goal. 

Adam HULL and Tom CLARK assured a 2-0 win for the Under 14's East against whilst goal machine Ricky MILLER scored two hat-tricks for the Under 13's North as they firstly beat Bushey Rangers 5-1 and then next London Colney 3-0 with Chris HASLAM netting a brace against the Rangers.

The Under 13's South also played twice earning draws with Berkhamsted Raiders 1-1 and Croxley Guild 3-3 with Phil ATKINS and Alex FRASER being their target men.

The Under 13's Mid Herts squad came away with all the praise from their double header with Ware, winning 5-0 in the first game and 3-1 in their second match. Scoring in the 1st game were Jack STEVENS, Chris JELL, Rob PULLMAN, Louis McMillan and James LAWRENCE whilst netting in the second match were Rob PULLMAN 2 and Chris JELL.

Another double success was provided by the Under 12's South with a 4-3 win over Berkhamsted Raiders with Scott CORLEY scoring 3 of the goals whilst Owen SNELL hit the fourth goal. They later played Cassiobury Clarets and won 3-0 with two goals from Ryan ATKINS in the first half whilst Scott CORLEY scored in the second period.

Elsewhere the Under 11's South were emphatic 6-2 winners over Palace Youth with goals from James SMITH 2, Daniel BOGLE, George HACKETT, Chris BARRY and man of the match Nathan SANDIFORD also registered.

A goal from Dominic NAZERI was the only bright point of the 4-1 away loss at Gadeside Rangers for the Under 11's East whilst following a great second half showing inspired the Under 11's West to a 4-2 win over Harpenden Barracudas. Daniel BYRNE scored their first half goal before a hat-trick from Lawrence LEIGH overturned a 2-1 half time deficit.

At Under 10 Level saw the North beat league leaders Boreham Wood 4-1 with goals from Luke THATCHER 2, Harry FOUNTAIN and Luke CAMPION.  Goals from James LAWS and George GORDON gave the Under 10' South a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Boreham Wood. This result preceded a 4-1 defeat at home to Enfield Rangers with Gareth SMITH scoring the South's goal whilst the Under 10's East drew 0-0 with Omonia White.

The Under 9's A twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Harpenden Colts with goals from Scott HOWLETT and Simon WROE whilst the Under 8's lost 3-2 at Little Gaddesden with Alex GOLDSTONE on target twice for the young Saints.

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