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Boys: Ten primary district associations, four from Durham, took part in the North East round of this ESFA Premier League competition. The 10 teams were drawn into 2 groups of 5 with the team topping each group playing off for the right to play in the National final later in the season. None of the Durham associations managed to win their particular group. York and East Northumberland were the group winners with York emerging victorious in the play off.

Girls: Six primary district associations took part in this competition. The teams were in one group with each playing five 10 minute games. Congratulations go to Sunderland PSFA who finished in first place by winning their 5 games so will play in the National final later in the season.


Congratulations go to Mia Ross, Grace Boyes and Libbi McInnes who successfully came through the second trial and have been selected to play against the South in the final trial for the Schoolgirls' international squad. The final trial will take place at Stafford Town FC on Sunday 10 December.


  • U14 Girls ESFA Rd 1: : Greater Manchester 4 Durham 0
  • U16 Girls: Durham 6  Cumbria 2: Goalscorers for Durham were Katie Bragg (3), Sharna Wilkinson (2 - 1 pen) and Melissa Storey
  • U16 Boys: Durham 7 Cumbria 1: Goalscorers for Durham were Stephen Black (2), Youssef Hakamoui (2), Dylan Quinn (2) and Jackson Ward
  • U18s: Durham 6 Cumbria 0: Goalscorers for Durham were Jamie O'Brien (3), Fraser Colling, Reece Blakey and James Thompson


  • U16 Boys: ESFA Rd 2 v Lancashire on Tuesday 28 November at Dean Street, Shildon FC ko 7.30pm
  • U18s: ESFA Rd 2 v Lancashire at Seaham Red Star FC on Saturday 2 December
  • U16 Girls: v Cleveland (a) on Wednesday 6 December -- venue and KO TBC
  • U16 Girls: v Northumberland on Wednesday 20 December at Longbenton Sports Ground ko 6pm
  • U16 Boys: v Northumberland on Wednesday 20 December at Longbenton Sports Ground ko 8pm
  • U18s: v Northumberland on Wednesday 20 December at Cochrane Park (Henderson Hall pitch) ko 7.30pm
  • U16 Girls and U14 Girls: v South Yorkshire on Saturday 6 January 2018 at Doncaster Rovers FC ko 12:30pm


  • Boys: Wednesday 17 January 2018 from 1pm until 4pm
  • Girls: Wednesday 24 January 2018 from 1pm until 4pm

Association Secretaries need to inform Alan Johnston, by the end of the Autumn Term, with the details of the schools that will be representing their association in the respective boys and girls competitions.

The winning teams will represent DCSFA in the ESFA Region A round of the competition, which will be held in Soccarena, Durham on Wednesday 7 February 2018.


Harrison Cup Week 6: Redcar & Cleveland have put themselves into an excellent position to qualify for the next stage of the Harrison Cup following their latest victory. Darlington and North Tyneside are well placed to progress after both teams were narrow victors. East Northumberland recorded their first win. The fixtures planned for Sat 18 Nov will not take place as many of the district teams are participating in the ESFA Premier League tournament, which is being held at the Herlingshaw Centre, Middlesbrough.

Girls' District Cup Competition: Four teams took part in the Girls' District Cup with Sunderland emerging victorious at the completion of the round robin tournament.

Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup: The Leadgate Eden Colliery Cup, which is for small schools in the county, was won for the third time by All Saints RC Primary School, Lanchester. The 4 schools playing in the final entertained the spectators will many goals being scored. The Lanchester school triumphed, on the night, by winning their 3 matches. All Saints RC will represent DCSFA in the North Region round of the ESFA Danone Nations Small Schools' Soccer Sevens.

Daniel O'Hare Memorial Trophy: Easington Colliery Primary School failed in their attempt to achieve a hat trick of victories in this competition. The honour, this season, went to St Margaret's CE, Durham thus winnning the trophy for the second time. The four teams contesting this year's final found goal scoring difficult but St Margaret's were able to gain 2 narrow wins. The other 4 matches were draws. St Margaret's CE will represent DCSFA in the North Region round of the ESFA Danone Nations Schools' Cup for School Teams.

Peter Dunn Trophy: The district season began with Chester-le-Street PSFA, Darlington PSFA, Stockton PSFA and Sunderland PSFA participating in a "round robin" tournament for the Peter Dunn Trophy. The tournament was won by Sunderland with Chester-le-Street finishing as runners-up.



  • U16 Girls: Merseyside v Lancashire on Tues 28 Nov; Cumbria v Northumberland on Sat 9 Dec; Lancashire v Greater Manchester on Tues 12 Dec
  • U16 Boys: Cumbria v Northumberland on Sat 9 Dec
  • U18s: Cumbria v Northumberland on Sat 9 Dec



To read issue 12 of ESFA Membership Matters please use the following link: October Newsletter.


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