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The next meeting of DCSFA will be on Tues 10 May in County Hall, Durham commencing 6.30pm


  • U14 Girls: Durham v Cumbria on Sat 7 May at Longfield Academy of Sport, Darlington ko 12.30pm
  • U15 Boys: Durham v Cumbria on Sat 7 May at Longfield Academy of Sport, Darlington ko 12.30pm
  • U15 Boys Clare Graham Trophy: Durham v North Yorkshire on Mon 9 May at Darlington RA ko 6.30pm
  • U15 Boys: NCSFA Inter-county Festival on Sat 14 May at Hurworth (Middlesbrough FC Academy) 11am - 2pm


  • North Yorkshire 2 Durham 3 (Game A)
  • North Yorkshire 3 Durham 0 (Game B)


Danielle Brown, who represented DCSFA U16 Girls from 2014 to 2016, made her FA WSL debut for Sunderland in the Wearsiders recent 2-2 draw against Liverpool.


Congratulations go to Easington Colliery Primary School. The players representing the school have reached the national finals of the ESFA Danone Girls' Cup and the ESFA Danone Schools' Cup for School Teams. The finals will be played at King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City FC, on Sun 22 May.


Gateshead College were beaten 2-3 by Hartpury College (West Gloucestershire SFA) in the final of the ESFA U18 Boys Colleges' Trophy, which was played at Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster Rovers FC.


  • U15 County Cup: St Robert of Newminster RC 1 Cardinal Hume RC 3
  • U19 Senior Knockout Cup: St Thomas More RC 0 St Robert of Newminster RC 3
  • U16 Bert Hodgson Trophy: Oxclose Community Academy 2 Whitburn CE Academy 2 (aet) -- Oxclose won 5-3 on penalties
  • U19 League Cup Final: Durham Johnston 1 St Robert of Newminster RC 4
  • U16 Lambton Trophy: Stockton 3 Hartlepool 0
  • U13 TUC Cup: High Tunstall College 0 St Joseph's Catholic Academy 7
  • U14 Girls County Cup: Kepier 2 Biddick Academy 6
  • U15 Londonderry Cup: Cardinal Hume RC 4 Dyke House Sports College 1
  • U13 Joicey Cup: Framwellgate 0 Whitburn CE Academy 2
  • U13 Girls County Cup: St Bede's RC (Peterlee) 3 Durham Johnston 4
  • U14 CIC Cup: Durham Johnston 0 Easington Academy 0 (aet) -- Durham Johnston won 7-6 on penalties
  • U15 Sunderland Children's Hospital Cup: Bishop Auckland 1 Sunderland 2
  • U19 League Play-off: Carmel College 0 St Thomas More RC 3
  • U12 Crompton & Harrison Trophy: Hermitage Academy 0 Durham Johnston 4


Both Festivals were due to be played at Biddick Academy, Washington

  • U13 Girls on Tues 26 April: This was postponed due to snow.
  • U15 Girls on Wed 27 April: This was also postponed due to the inclement weather.


Final of the Alan Grimes Trophy is on Wed 4 May. Finalists

Final of the Year 4 Trophy is on Wed 11 May. Finalists

Semi-final of the Girls' Trophy is on Tues 3 May. Semi-final groups

Mowden Junior School, by beating their three opponents in the final round, won the Ty McGurk 5-a-side Trophy. The schools participating in the final were

  • Easington Colliery Primary School (Peterlee PSFA)
  • Mowden Junior School (Darlington PSFA)
  • Finchale Primary School (Durham City PSFA)
  • Winlaton West Lane Community Primary School (Blaydon PSFA)

The Primary Inter-association 5-a-side competition, held at the Louisa Centre, Stanley was won, for the fourth time, by Darlington PSFA. This victory by Darlington prevented Sunderland from winning the trophy for the fifth season in a row.

Darlington PSFA and Sunderland PSFA will represent the north east region in the ESFA Premier League Programme National Tournament later in the season.

Murton St Joseph's RC Primary School failed in their bid to reach the National Final of the ESFA Danone Nations Small Schools' Soccer Sevens.

Sunderland PSFA were beaten at the semi-final stage in the North Region Final of the ESFA Danone Nations Inter-association Trophy. Bootle PSFA and Macclesfield PSFA will represent the North at the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City FC, on Sun 22 May.


  • NCSFA U16 Girls Inter-county Trophy Final: Lancashire 3 South Yorkshire 0 -- Lancashire are Northern Counties champions for the fifth consecutive season.
  • NCSFA U18 Inter-county Trophy Final: Northumberland 0 Durham 2 -- After finishing runners-up in their last four appearances in the final Durham were worthy 2015-16 winners.
  • Northumberland travelled to Lancashire for their U16 Boys semi-final tie and beat the home team 2-0 to reach the Northern Counties final for the 15th time. In the other semi-final Cleveland lost 0-3 to Greater Manchester. The final will be hosted by Greater Manchester, who have won the competition 10 times.
  • U16 Girls:  Final Tables
  • U16 Boys:  Final Tables
  • U18s:  Final Tables


Next Meetings

The ESFA Council next meet over the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May 2016. The Officers and Trustees will meet on the Friday evening.

The Honorary Auditors (Peter Jordan, David Lailey and Dave Prothero) will be visiting the ESFA headquarters on 11 and 12 April in order to interview for the vacant ESFA Independent Council Member position.

Annual General Meeting

Lorna Blakeman has booked the Beacon Centre, Staffordshire Technology Park, Stafford on Saturday 25 June 2016 for the ESFA AGM. We have used this location before. The meeting will begin at 11.00 am with lunch scheduled at 1 pm.

Repton School

Nominations have now opened for the Repton Coaching Courses during the Summer Holidays.

These are two development courses, Under 17 for boys and U14 for girls. The boys are scheduled to arrive on Saturday 20 August 2016 and depart on the following Wednesday (4 nights). The girls course will begin on Monday 22 August and will also conclude on Wednesday 24 August (2 nights). Accommodation, food and coaching are all included in the course fee.

The course schedule and details have been put together by the ESFA Development Committee. Notification of the courses went in the first instance to all our County Schools Secretaries.

International Teams

Pride of place this month goes to our Girls International Under 15 team who have won the Bob Docherty Cup in Wales over the weekend just past. The girls played some really entertaining football, beating Wales 2-0 and Scotland 2-0 before overcoming the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in the Final.

The girls had previously entertained the Republic of Ireland last month when the Irish flew over for a friendly match. As it happens we won that game by the same 1-0 score line. Added to the 2 games the girls won in Spain, during the February half-term break, their end of season record stands at Played 6, Won 6 and you can’t get much better than that! After the last game I was honoured to present a souvenir gift from the ESFA to both Miranda Hall and Amy Westmarland to mark their “retirement” from the management of the team.

The Boys International Under 18 squad have also performed very creditably in the Centenary Shield. So far in this campaign they have recorded victories over Northern Ireland and Wales (both away) and Scotland at Fleetwood Town. Somewhat bizarrely each game has finished 2-1 in favour of our lads.

On Friday 8 April we play our last game in the 2016 Centenary Shield when we entertain the Republic of Ireland. The match will take place at The New Saints Football Club in Oswestry. The kick-off is at 7.30 pm. Many thanks to our Council Member Mark Hignett who has worked tirelessly over the past few months on the arrangements for this game. A large crowd is expected as our lads go for a fourth straight win in this season’s Centenary Shield which will see them crowned as Champions.


Very shortly I will be visiting the Jersey Under 11 Festival, now in its 43rd year, and once again being organised by the redoubtable Pat Cullinane. 12 Primary District Associations are taking part.

Eastbury Comprehensive School, from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, are representing the ESFA at the ISF (International Schools Federation) World Futsal Championship Festival. The school has travelled at its own expense to Porec in Croatia for the tournament.

Steve Allatt RIP

I pass on the thanks of Steve’s family to those of you who were able to attend his funeral. They were most grateful for the support they received from the ESFA. Several ex ESFA Chairmen were at the service as well as Lorna from our office.

National Finals

Our Competitions Department have arranged the following: -

  • Danone U11 Finals – Leicester City FC – Sunday 22 May
  • PlayStation U12 to U15 Finals – Reading FC – Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 May
  • Premier League U16 Finals – Etihad Complex Manchester City FC – Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 May


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Durham are NCSFA U18 Inter-county winners for 4th time
Durham into Northern Counties final

Another successful occasion

Durham qualify for Northern Counties semi-final

Durham finish with a win

A good team performance

Late winner for Durham


Honours even

Durham move top of group

A good away win in difficult conditions

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