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  • U15 Boys: North Yorkshire 1 Durham 6
  • U15 Boys: North Yorkshire 2 Durham 4
  • ESFA U14 Boys PLAYSTATION ELITE SCHOOLS' CUP: Whitgift School 3 Kepler School 2
  • ESFA U13 PLAYSTATION SCHOOLS' CUP: Cardinal Hume Catholic School 4 Cardinal Heenan Catholic School 1


  • U15 Boys: Clare Graham Trophy v North Yorkshire on Tuesday 5 June at Maiden Castle, Durham ko 6.45pm


The national finals of the ESFA Danone Nations Cup were played at the Ricoh Arena, home of Coventry City FC.

  • Small Schools' Cup: All Saints RC Primary School, Lanchester, who were the North Region champions, were unable to progress from the qualifying group into the semi-finals. The school won their first game, narrowly lost their second and were held to a draw in the final their final group game.


  • U19 League Cup: Durham Johnston 0 Park View 0 (Durham Johnston won 4-3 on penalties). Durham Johnston were appearing in their third consecutive League Cup Final and were winners of the second successive season.
  • U15 County Cup: Framwellgate 1 St Wilfrid's RC College 1 (St Wilfrid's won 3-1 on penalties). As well as retaining the trophy St Wildfrid's are winners of this competition for the third time.
  • U16 Bert Hodgson Trophy: Hurworth 2 Easington Academy 1. This is the second time Hurworth have won the Bert Hodgson Trophy.
  • U19 Senior Knock-out Cup: Harton Academy 2 Park View 3
  • U15 Londonderry Cup ko 4.15pm: Dyke House Sports & Technology College 1 Monkwearmouth Academy 0. After finishing as runners-up two seasons ago Dyke House, with this narrow victory, have won the Londonderry Cup for the first time.
  • U13 TUC Cup: Cardinal Hume Catholic School 3 High Tunstall College of Science 2. National finalists Cardinal Hume, after taking a 3-0 lead, were pegged back by High Tunstall and made to work for their first TUC Cup success.
  • U14 Hartlepool Hospital Cup: Newcastle SFA 4 Stockton SFA 0. Newcastle are winners of the Hartlepool Hospital Cup for the second successive year and 5th time overall.
  • U19 League Play-off: Park View 4 Harton Academy 0
  • U14 CIC Cup: St Leonard's RC 0 Cardinal Hume Catholic School 2 - A goal in each half gained Cardinal Hume their victory thus winning the CIC Cup for the second time.
  • U13 Joicey Cup Final: High Tunstall College of Science 0 Cardinal Hume Catholic School 3. With this victory Cardinal Hume completed the U13 "double" plus retaining the Joicey Cup.
  • U16 Lambton Trophy: Darlington SFA 5 Hartlepool SFA 1. This was Darlington's 4th appearance in the final but the first time the association has won the Lambton Trophy.
  • U16 Girls County Cup: Belmont Community School 1 Consett Academy 2. This was the first occasion both school have appeared in the U16 Girls County Cup final.
  • U14 South Tyneside Centenary Cup: Newcastle SFA 1 Sunderland SFA 3. This was Sunderland's second STCC victory.
  • U15 Sunderland Children's Hosptial Cup: Sunderland SFA 4 Darlington SFA 1. With this victory Sunderland achieved a hat trick of SCHC wins. It is also the 10th time that the Wearsiders have won this competition.
  • U12 Crompton & Harrison Cup Final: St Robert of Newminster RC 7 Castle View Enterprise Academy 1. An outstanding performance from St Robert's earned them this victory.
  • U13 Girls County Cup: St Joseph's Catholic Academy 1 Cardinal Hume Catholic School 8. After finishing as runners-up last season Cardinal Hume, with this splendid victory, won the competition for the 1st time.
  • U14 Girls County Cup: St Bede's RC, Lanchester 2 Durham Johnston 1 (aet). An excellent game was decided in extra time with St Bede's winning the trophy for the 1st time.
  • U19 Albert Knox Trophy: QE 6th Form College, Darlington 5 New College, Durham 0 -- Match report -- This is the 6th time Queen Elizabeth have won the Albert Knox Trophy.


U13 Ken Peddieson Trophy

Unfortunately there were two late withdrawals so only Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street and Newcastle took part.

  • Bishop Auckland 0 Newcastle 2: Newcastle scored an early first half goal but Bishop Auckland fought back but were unable to take advantage of their domination. A second goal from Newcastle midway through the second half secured their victory,
  • Bishop Auckland 0 Chester-le-Street 3: After 5 minutes play Chester-le-Street had established a lead. two minutes into the second half Chester-le-Street increased their lead. With less than a minute to go Chester-le-Street made it 3-0.
  • Newcastle 2 Chester-le-Street 1: This game would decide the winners of the competition. It was not until midway through the second half that the deadlock was broken when Newcastle scored from a corner. Within a minute Chester-le-Street were back on level terms. As the game neared its conclusion it looked as if Chester-le-Street would gain a draw that would win them the trophy on goal difference. However, with full time approaching, a headed goal from another corner put Newcastle ahead at a crucial time thus denying Chester-le-Street a hat-trick of victories in this competition.

U15 Fred Fullerton Trophy

A late withdraw from Newcastle saw just 4 teams vying for the title this year. After a couple of 1-0 and 2-0 victories after the first 2 rounds saw us going into the final round with 3 teams able to win the trophy. Until halfway through the second half, these 3 teams were all level on 6 points which would have made for an interesting outcome of penalties to decide who went home with the trophy. However, a 1-0 victory by East Northumberland over Bishop Auckland meant we could decide a winner, although both teams were all level on points, goals for and goals against, it had to go down to the score between them which saw East Northumberland lift the title and Bishop Auckland runners-up. Sunderland finished 3rd with Chester-le-Street, Washington and Derwentside in 4th place.


Alan Grimes Memorial Trophy: A closely contested final ended with Bernard Gilpin Primary School (Lambton & Hetton PSFA) winning the competition by 1 point.

  • 1st: Bernard Gilpin Primary School (Lambton & Hetton PSFA)
  • 2nd: Easington Colliery Primary School (Peterlee PSFA)
  • 3rd: St Patrick's RC Primary School, Consett (Derwentside PSFA)
  • 4th: Castletown Primary School (Sunderland PSFA)

Girls' Trophy: Hill View Academy, with an unbeaten record in the final, won the Girls Trophy for the first time thus preventing Easington Colliery from winning the trophy for the third consecutive season.

  • 1st: Hill View Academy (Sunderland PSFA)
  • 2nd: Easington Colliery Primary School (Peterlee PSFA)
  • 3rd: Nevilles Cross Primary School (Durham City PSFA)
  • 4th: Harlow Green Primary School (Felling PSFA)

Year 4 Trophy: The final will take place at Hill View Academy, Sunderland on Wednesday 23 May. Schools participating in the final are:

  • Castletown Primary School (Sunderland PSFA)
  • St Mary Magdalen RC Primary School (Seaham PSFA)
  • Hill View Academy (Sunderland PSFA)
  • Rickleton Primary School (Washington PSFA)

Primary Inter-association 9-a-side

  • Harrison Cup: Newcastle travelled to Sunderland needing a victory to win the Harrison Cup for the first time, which they achieved.
  • Harry Charlton Memorial Trophy: The deciding match for the Harry Charlton Memorial Trophy between Washington and East Northumberland ended with victory for East Northumberland.

Derwent & Medomsley Cup: Newcastle and Darlington are through to the final of the Derwent & Medomsley Cup after wins over Washington and Sunderland respectively. The final will be played at Nissan Sports & Social Club on Saturday 26 May.


  • U16 Girls: Lancashire beat Northumberland 2-0 to win the NCSFA U16 Girls Inter-county Trophy for the 6th time in 7 seasons.
  • U16 Boys: With home advantage in the final Greater Manchester beat Lancashire 4-1 to win the NCSFA U16 Boys Inter-county Trophy for the 12th time.
  • U18s: Northumberland 2 Merseyside 1. After finishing runners-up in the previous 2 seasons Northumberland were worthy winners of this season’s competition thus winning the trophy for the 8th time.


To read issue 17 of ESFA Membership Matters please use the following link: April Newsletter.


Durham Johnston School reached the national final after beating St Ivo School (Huntingdon SFA) 3-1 in the semi-final. As a consequence of this excellent result Durham Johnston prevented St Ivo from reaching their third consecutive final as they were winners in 2017 and runners-up in 2016. In the final Durham Johnston will play Blenheim High School (Kingston SFA) at Madejski Stadium, Reading FC on Wednesday 23 May ko 11.30am .

ESFA U12 GIRLS 5-A-SIDE FINAL sponsored by Running Imp Trophies & Medals

Kepier School, with one victory and two defeats, finished third in their group so failed to make the National semi-finals. As a consolation the girls participated in the Plate Competition, which they won by beating Varndean School (Brighton & Hove SFA) 5-1 and Chancellors School (Mid Herts SFA) 3-1.


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Jamie O'Brien with 4 goals takes QE to victory
Durham beaten in NCSFA final

Durham beaten in Northern Counties semi-final

A friendly win for Durham
County winners

Durham into Northern Counties final


Durham finish top of East League


Durham move into 2nd place


Durham gain victory with a late winner


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