SSCFA AGM, 21st June 2017 - Shropshire FA Headquarters, 6pm
AGM minutes 

A date has been arranged for the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Shropshire Schools' and Colleges' Football Association. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st June in the boardroom of Shropshire Football Association at 6pm, Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury.


  •  Chairman’s address (MH)
  •  Apologies (MH)
  •  Items for AOB (MH)
  •  Minutes of last meeting (MH)
  •  Constitution amendment proposal (MH)
  •  Primary competitions report (PM)
  • Secondary competitions report (BM)
  •  Post-16 League report (LS)
  •  11-19 rule alignment proposal (SW)
  •  Special schools report (LM)
  •  Inter-county programme reports:
    U14 Boys (JT)
    U15 Boys (TL)
    U16 Boys (DB)
    U18 Boys (SW)
    U14 Girls (AP)
    U16 Girls (BR/IF)
    U18 Girls (BR/IF)
  •  District reports:
    North (DB)
    Shrewsbury (KC)
    South & East (TW)
    T&W (VM)
  •  ESFA report (MH)
  •  Treasurers report (AJ)
  • Appointment of council (MH)
  •  Election of officers (MH)
  • Election of representative team managers (MH)




Present:  Bob McGrath (SSCFA), Mark Hignett (SSCFA), Lisa Sandford (SSCFA), Neville Boulds (SSCFA),  Phil Bradbury (SSCFA), Percy Mullaly (SSCFA), Kevin Chandler (S&DSFA), Steve Wilderspin (Shrewsbury School), Graham Dyke (Marches), Rhys Hall (Madeley Acad), Ian Fearnley (SSCFA/ Idsall), Tom Lappin (Charlton), Aiden Tisdale (Madeley), Jon Arnold (Thomas Telford), Des Lyttle (Thomas Telford), Paul Bullock (Thomas Telford), Dom Bradburne (Idsall), Alan Jones (SSCFA), John Timmis (SJT) 

Chairman’s address

A warm welcome to you all and many thanks for coming to this year’s AGM

It’s been another successful season for SSCFA with our U14 boys, U14 Girls and U18 boys all becoming Midland Counties Schools FA champions.

Individual success saw Thomas Telford School, after winning the U13 girls STFC football in the community progressing and winning the regional and national finals which were held at Wembley.

Our 4 District associations continue to organise intra-district competitions and have their own dedicated web-page on the SSCFA web-site to advertise fixtures, dates, venues and results.

We hosted the U18 ESFA Centenary Shield between England and The Republic of Ireland and to put even more icing on the cake the team included 3 Shropshire lads namely, Zac Lily and Joe Thomas both of Thomas Telford School and Andy Wycherley from North Shropshire College.

Here I want to place on record and extend a big thankyou to Mark and Lisa who, on behalf of the association spearheaded the organisation of the match at the Venue, The New Saints, Oswestry.  They both spent hours and hours working to make the day a success and indeed it was a huge success and the fact that a great many of our Primary and Secondary school pupils were involved in some way greatly added to the occasion.  Thank you Mark and Lisa.

A big thank you also to Alan who put together a 4-page pull-out for the Shropshire Star which gave the association and all those who work for it as sponsors, patrons, offices and volunteers great publicity and raise awareness of the work we do.

Congratulations are also extended to Steve Wilderspin who received a presentation from ESFA to thank him for being Physio to the England U18 team over the last 4 years.

Congratulations also are extended to Mark who received the SSSAA 10 year long service award for services to football across the county at the international evening at the start of this year.

Finally, I would like to pay tribute to (1) all our team managers who give their own free time to provide opportunities for Shropshire boys & girls to compete at a county level, regional level and national level and make SSCFA a dominant force across the country and (2) to our hardworking office manager and our other officers who work tirelessly in the background to make all this happen

Bob McGrath



None received

Items for AOB 

Rule change – Number of academy players per game    

Minutes of last meeting 

Agreed as a true record – Graham Dyke, Steve Wilderspin


The ESFA AGM will take place on Saturday 10th September, a venue is TBC. 

All finals were completed on time.  Congratulations to Thomas Telford who played in 12 finals, winning 9 and loosing 3.

There will be a slight change to the Grant application for the 2016/17 season for districts.  Further details will be sent out in due course.

Primary Federation Centre Competitions

Another very successful season at the Federation Centre held at the Shrewsbury Sports Village which saw 286 teams from across the county compete in 13 competitions.

Primary Schools finals were held at the Greenhous Meadow home of STFC.  Only 1 of the 8 finals finished on penalties.

St. Georges Junior School Shrewsbury reached 5 of the 8 finals, congratulations to them.

In the ESFA and STFC’s Football League competitions St. Georges Shrewsbury went forward to represent Shrewsbury Town FC in the Midland regional finals with Thomas Telford also representing STFC in the 6-Aside U13 Girls FL.  St. Georges Shrewsbury also represented Shropshire in the ESFA U11 Girls Individual Schools regional finals along with Redhill and Baschurch Primary Schools in the U11 Boys Individual Schools & U11 Small Schools regional finals. 

SSCFA would like to acknowledge our thanks to the young referees for their continued commitment during the season.

The Association would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Greenhous, Shropshire Star, Greenhous Meadow, Shropshire Community Leisure Trust (Shrewsbury Sports Village), PassMaster Coaching, Shropshire Junior Football League, Kidz in Focus,  Crossbar Coaching & Shropshire Trophy Centre which without your continued sponsorship and support SSCFA would not continue.

The Association’s thanks go to the Shropshire Star for their continued Sponsorship of the Primary Schools Finals day, to Greenhous for their sponsorship of the Federation Centre and to the Chairman and Board of Directors for allowing us the use of STFC.

Secondary Schools Competitions 

11-18 Competitions Report 2015-16

  • Now running 19 Countywide Knock-Out Boys and Girls Competitions
  • 39/41  schools/colleges enter
  • New entrants from Telford Priory/Langely/Park/Holy Trinity
  • New Competition U14/16 Girls Greenhous Trophy





U12 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

The Marches

U13 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford


U14 Boys County Cup

Meole Brace

Thomas Telford

U15 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

Madeley Academy

U16 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford


U18 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

North Shropshire College

U12 Boys Presidents Plate


Meole Brace

U13 Boys Presidents Plate

Madeley Academy


U14 Boys Presidents Plate


Madeley Academy

U15 Boys Presidents Plate

Church Stretton

Oldbury Wells

U16 Boys Presidents Plate

Priory (Shrews)

Telford Priory

U12 Girls County Cup



U13 Girls County Cup


Thomas Telford

U14 Girls County Cup

Thomas Telford


U15 Girls County Cup



U16 Girls County Cup

Thomas Telford


U18 Girls County Cup

Thomas Telford


U14 Girls Greehous Trophy

Thomas Adams

Bridgnorth Endowed

U16 Greehous Trophy

Thomas Adams



  • Meeting the playdate deadline is still very poor (25% of matches unplayed by the deadline,
  • Schools need to arrange cup matches early within the playdate window and not leave it to the last week
  • Need for schools to use email contacts instead of relying on telephone contact to ensure message reaches correct personnel and a paper trial is evident in case of a dispute.
  • Playdate deadline to take account of postponement due to weather in order to prevent draw being held up.
  • More  walk-overs awarded this season than in previous , if you unable to meet play date deadline and/or raise a team please let your opponents and Lisa at in the SSCFA office know early…please do not wait until after deadline to inform us (home team’s responsibility) of the result even if it was a walk over

 R McGrath 2016 (Competitions Coordinator)

Special Schools Report – Season 2015-2016

Our school year started with a well-attended KS3 football tournament held at Wrekin College. This year we had guest schools to boost numbers so we welcomed Shenstone Lodge into the tournament, cheekily they won. Other participants were Queensway, Southall, Mt Gilbert, Young Options and Woodlands. 

We were unable to run either a formal KS4 or KS3 league this year, but we may try to reinstate it for next year. Schools had several friendly games though; some really close matches with a considerable amount of skill and sportsmanship on show. 

KS4 players from Southall and Mt Gilbert played in the annual T&W Schools final held at the Bucks Head again this year; the students really look forward to this as for some it is their last chance to represent their schools before moving on. A well contested match saw Southall retain the trophy.

It seems to be increasingly difficult for schools to fulfil fixtures, so after consultation with them I will look at how best to move forward next year.

Lynda Manson

Inter County Competitions - Season 2015/2016 Boys

U14’s – Sponsored by Pughs of Shrewsbury
The Shropshire U14s have had another very promising first year as a county side showing a lot of potential to really progress and build as a real force in the midlands county division, finishing as MCSFA Champions.

The season started positively with a win in the annual Shrewsbury Schools friendly fixture.

They played a total of 7 fixtures with 6 wins and only 1 loss.

A very impressive first season for the lads, with a lot of potential moving into U15s where they can now really go on to develop as a squad and push towards winning another league title.

U15’S – Sponsored by Shropshire Homes
It was a disappointing season for the U15’s, failing to contain a solid squad due to injuries and some clubs not releasing players for fixtures etc. 

The team management will look to contain and build on the current squad moving forward to next season. 

Out of the 5 fixtures only 3 were played due to waterlogged pitches (opponents) and at times insufficient players available.

U16’S – Sponsored by Alan Ward
Shropshire U16 had another great season in Midlands Football and were hoping to finish on the treble, unfortunately this was not to be.

Took a hammering from S. Yorkshire in the ESFA Inter County Trophy resulting in a very long coach journey home.

Good luck to the lads with their GCSE’s and move on to pastures new.

U18’s – Sponsored by Thomas Telford School
Finished as MCSFA champions for the 2015/16 season.

3 of the squad selected for the ESFA U18’s International squad, great achievement for the lads.  This is the 3rd consecutive year of having county players selected.

Thanks to the Thomas Telford School for their continued support of the U18 squad and to Andy Jones & Lewis Taylor for their valued input as part of the management team 

U14 Girls – Sponsored by Greenhous
The girls had a fantastic season, winning the MCSFA league for the first time since the Shropshire squad was formed in 2013.  They were undefeated in the league. 

They also had a great run in the National Cup, unfortunately being knocked out by the eventual winners, 3-2 away at Lancashire.

This team really has a bright future ahead, especially when they are all back together as a squad next season. 

Mark Hignett placed on record his thanks to those team managers who will be leaving us this season due to other commitments and welcomed on board the new intake.

U16 Girls – Sponsored by Greenhous
Reached the semi-finals of the MCSFA where we took on Nottinghamshire, who sadly for Shropshire took the 3 points.

Played 5;- won 2, drew 0, lost 3

Best wishes to those Girls that will be moving on next season, we wish you well.

My thanks to Anna Perks and Ian Fearnley for their assistance throughout the season.

U18 Girls
This season only saw the one fixture for the girls taking on the Independent Schools FA at St. Georges Park coming away with a fantastic win, the first in the history of this annual fixture.

Next season will see the return of the Australian Schools National fixture who will be touring England.

Bob Renke, Anna Perks, Ian Fearnley
Girls Management Team

Treasurer’s Report
Report to follow. 

Appointment of Council

Bob McGrath has stepped down as Chairman of the Association, a post he has held for 4 years.  Mark Hignett was voted in as chairman by all members at the AGM.  Steve Wilderspin was voted in as Vice Chairman by all members.

Mark Hignett thanked Bob McGrath for his service as Chairman and for his long standing support to the Association.

President  -  Neville Boulds

Chairman  -  Mark Hignett

Vice Chair  -  Steve Wilderspin

Office Secretary  -  Lisa Sandford

Primary Competitions Coordinator  -  Percy Mullaly

Secondary Competitions Coordinator  -  Bob McGrath

Treasurer  -  Phil Bradbury

Disability Football Officer  -  Lynda Manson

Child Welfare officer  -  Jan Butler

Football Development Officer  -  Mark HIgnett

Director of Coaching  -  Gavin Cowan

Income generator/ Publicity Officer  -  vacant position

Boys County squad representative  -  Tom Lappin

Girls County squad representative  -  Ian Fearnley

Election of  Officers

President  -  Neville Boulds                          

Chairman  -  Mark Hignett

Vice Chairman  -  Steve Wilderspin

Office Secretary  -  Lisa Sandford

Treasurer  -  Phil Bradbury                           

Development Officer  -  Mark Hignett


Election of Team Managers

U14 Boys                Carl Rogers, John Timmis                     

U14 Girls                 Anna Perks, Bob Renke, Ian Fearnley

U15 Boys                Tom Lappin, Aiden Tisdale

U16 Boys                Dom Bradburne, Alex Johnson, Paul Bullock

U16 Girls                 Bob Renke, Anna Perks, Ian Fearnley

U18 Boys                Steve Wilderspin, Lewis Taylor, Steve Benyon, Des Lyttle

U18 Girls                 Bob Renke, Anna Perks, Ian Fearnley


Rule change – Number of academy players per game.

This was implemented at the start of the 2015/16 season and was welcomed by all concerned.  It has run successfully for the season so was agreed by all in attendance that it would remain for the coming season.

Date of next meeting – TBC




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