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Gloucester City Youth

City's youngsters had a solid campaign in 2006-07, especially as the team featured mainly players in the first of their two available years in this age bracket. They followed on from a side that produced the most succesful ever under-18s record of any City team in 2006, but with most of those players moving on before the start of this season it was billed mainly as a season of consolidation. The youth side also provided two young players to break into the first team squad and make their full debuts in defender Ben Ashford and midfielder Sam Ellis.

City were defending the Southern Division title but did well to finish just 8 points off the final league winners Redditch United in a highly credible 4th spot, losing just 6 league games and chalking up an impressive 56 goals in the process. Striker Paul Carter finished as City's top league scorer with a tally of 14 goals. An 8-0 mauling of Bromyard Town provided the high point of the league campaign, although the season finished with a memorable and impressive 5-1 win away against Division 2 opposition in Hereford United. Arguably the most dramatic and exciting match of the long campaign came in the FA Youth Cup as the youngsters held their nerve to beat Bridgwater Town in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, winning through to take on the youth string of Exeter City in the next round.

Next Season: 2007-08

The City youth team face another hard season as the MYFL Southern Division expands to 13 teams with the addition of new club Archdales 73 from the outskirts of Worcester. Bewdley Town move from the Western Division to replace last season's Southern Division title winners Redditch United who take their place in the MYFL Premier division.
MYFL Southern teams for 07-08: Alvechurch, Archdales 73, Bewdley Town, Bishop's Cleeve, Bromsgrove Rovers, Bromyard Town, Cinderford Town, Gloucester City, Hereford United, Malvern Town, Pershore Town, Stourport Swifts and Wellington.
The new season starts in the week of 20 August.

FA Youth cupThe Youth Team also faces the sternest of tests in the FA Youth Cup next season. The u-18s must travel to face Blue Square Premier outfit Exeter City in the preliminary round tie in the second week of September. The players will know just how tough the tie will be – the Devon side knocked them out of last season’s competition 7-0 at the 3rd qualifying round stage. However if City were successful they would face a tantalising home tie against Forest Green Rovers in the 1st qualifying round.

For more information on the City Youth side scroll down the page or click here.


Fixtures & Results 2006/7

Date Opponents Result Scorers (where known)
21 August 06 Stourport Swifts (a) 2-1  
30 August 06 Alvechurch (h) 2-4 P.Carter, S.Ellis
4 September 06 Bishops Cleeve (a) 1-2  
11 September 06 Wellington (h) 5-2  
18 September 06 Cinderford Town (h) 4-0 S.Ellis, S.Green, D.Wixey, R.Rees
25 September 06 Poole Town (a) FAYC1q 4-1 J.Overthrow, P.Carter, S.Ellis, D.Wixey
5 October 06 Alvechurch (a) 0-2  
9 October 06 Bridgwater Town (h) FAYC2q. 3-3* P.Carter, B.Ashford (City won 7-6 pens)
16 October 06 Bromyard Town (h) 8-0 B.Ashford, J.Overthrow(2), D.Wixey, P.Carter, S.Goodhall (2), S.Green
24 October 06 Exeter City (a) FAYC3q 0-7  
30 October 06 Malvern Town (h) 1-1 S.Green
8 November 06 Pershore Town (a) 3-0  
13 November 06
Ch#!tenham Saracens (a) CC2 2-3*  
20 November 06 Redditch United (h) 1-2 R.Twomey
23 January 07 Wellington (a) 4-2  
30 January 07 Highgate United (a) MYFLC2 2-3  
8 February 07 Malvern Town (a) 0-0  
21 February 07 Redditch United (a) 2-2  
26 February 07 Bishops Cleeve (h) 3-2 J.Overthrow, R.Twomey, A.Cuthbert
12 March 07 Stourport Swifts (h) 2-3  
2 April 07 Bromsgrove Rovers (h) 1-0 A.Cuthbert
5 April 07 Bromyard Town (a) 4-1  
10 April 07 Hereford United (h) 3-0  
16 April 07 Pershore Town (h) 2-1 A.Cuthbert, P.Carter
23 April 07 Bromsgrove Rovers (a) 0-1  
3 May 07 Cinderford Town (a) 3-0  
16 May 07 Hereford United (a) 5-1  



















* Result after extra time.

For further information on tables visit the Midland Floodlit Youth League website.

All matches listed above are in the Midland Floodlit Youth League Southern Division unless stated.
Other Competitions are the FA Youth Cup, the MFYL League Cup and the Gloucestershire FA Youth Cup.

Fixtures and kick-off times are subject to alteration. 
Unless otherwise stated City youth team home games are played at Meadow Park with a 7:45pm kick-offs.
Admission is a mere £2 for adults and free for under-16s.

City Youth Under-18s football

Gloucester City's youth team features players up to the age of 18. The side plays in the Southern Division of the Midlands Floodlit Youth League
and has had a great deal of success since first entering the competition in 1992. The MFYL Southern Division title was won in 1998/99, 2000/01 and most recently in 2005/6. This season's side had a great deal to live up to as 2005-06 was the most succesful ever for a City under-18s side, not only winning the league title but also capturing the Gloucestershire FA Youth Shield, reaching the final of the MFYL League Cup and progressing to the competition proper of the FA Youth Cup. Financial limitations prevent extra travelling so the club has opted not to take promotion to the Premier Division, but the side still faced hard competition with key players from last season's side moving on having passed the 18 years-old
age limit.

The youth team also has a strong record of producing players who go on to play for the Gloucester City first team. The 2006 season's youth skipper Jamie Reid and left-back Michael Noakes are both now in the City first team squad while other recent graduates include Dave Wilkinson and Tom Webb who are now regular key first team selections. Both Lyndon Tomkins and Jody Bevan also started their careers with the Tigers youngsters before joining the City first team from Cinderford Town. Neil Griffiths and Lee Smith have both played hundreds of City first team games before moving on to other local clubs, in Smith's case for a decent transfer fee that shows there is also a financial benefit to bringing young players through the ranks. Of the current crop of youth players both defender Ben Ashford and midfielder Sam Ellis have already been in the first team squad.
youth team boss Kenny Blackburn (pic. Tony Hickey) The current youth team boss is former City striker Kenny Blackburn (left) who maintains the close link with the first team where he
also helps with coaching.

The Youth Team play home games at Meadow Park (normally on Monday evenings) and are always grateful for support with matches
often great entertainment as well as providing a glimpse of our future stars. The youth team receives financial support equivalent to
50 a week from Gloucester City Supporter's Trust and is sponsored by Severn Signs, but they are still urgently seeking further
sponsorship to cover kit and travel costs.


Gloucester City Boys Football

The budding football stars of the future now have an opportunity to test themselves in a higher standard of football in Gloucester City colours as the
club has joined a new junior league providing a range of competitions for under 16s.

The Midland Junior Premier League bridges the gap between professional club acadamies and local junior sides and hopes to attract new grant funding
and sponsorship. All clubs have to meet standards of coaching with medical and welfare provision for their young players. More than 20 clubs signed up to the new league with Hereford, Worcester, Cirencester, Tamworth and Cinderford amongst those likely to play City’s under 16 side next season. It is hoped the new teams will generate a regular flow of quality into the City youth side and on into the first team squad.

As a result Gloucester City are now developing further junior sides to play at this senior level of competition, ensuring players get a chance to develop in our style of football from a young age. Over the last couple of seasons this area of the club has grown spectacularly with teams now operating successfully at each age group from under-12s through to under-16s. All age groups are coached to a highly qualified level, with recent recruits to the operation including former Southampton star Shayne Bradley (u-12s) and local footballing hero Kevin Willetts (u-15s) who enjoyed a career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kidderminster Harriers and Ch#!tenham Town as well as City before taking up youth coaching.
Those interested in finding out more or taking part should initially contact City's Youth Football co-ordinator David Miller.

The teams are about enjoyment and development, but of course silverware and glory is also welcome! The boys have recently won:
Junior Premier League Under 12 Champions 2005 /06
Junior Premier League Under 12 Amros League Cup winners 2006 /07

The boys are keen for support and play their football on Saturday mornings and lunchtimes, often at Plock Court or Gloucester City Cricket club venues, but also with the chance of some high profile games taking place at Meadow Park.

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