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Gloucester City Youth

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 both
1998/99 and 2000/01. Last season the side finished in a strong runners-up position behind Worcester City and also reached the final of
the Gloucestershire FA Youth Cup.

The youth team also has a strong record of producing players who go on to play for the Gloucester City first team. Some recent graduates include Dave Wilkinson and Tom Webb who are now regular first team selections, while Lyndon Tomkins and Jody Bevan 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 team players captain Jamie Reid is now a regular feature in first team while Michael Noakes, Dave Evans, Mark Pritchett and Eddie Rimmer have all signed on Southern League forms and have featured on the fringes of the senior squad this season. The youth team also includes a couple of promising 15 year-olds who are already making an impact at this level of football. 
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. He has been quoted singing the praises of his current batch of youngsters as the strongest in several years, some boast considering several of those former players now play regular Southern League Premier football.

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.

Picture (right): Michael Noakes in action for the City youth team (pic. The Citizen).

Fixtures & Results 2005/6

Date Opponents Result Scorers (where known)
22nd Aug. '05 Cinderford Town (h) 2-0 Pritchett, Sam Green
29th Aug. '05 Evesham United (a) 1-0 Sam Green
5th Sept. '04 Wellington (a) 2-3  
12th Sept. '05 Malvern Town (h) 9-0  
19th Sept. '05 Pershore Town (a) 10-0  
26th Sept. '05 Mangotsfield United (a) FAYC 1st Qual. 2-0  
3rd Oct. '05 Halesowen Town (h) LC 1st Rnd. 3-2* Rimmer, Dunsford, Carter
10th Oct. '05 Weymouth (a) FAYC 2nd Qual. 1-0  
16th Oct. '05 Almondsbury (h) Glos CC 1st Rnd. 6-0  
26th Oct. '05 Poole Town (a) FAYC 3rd Qual. 3-0 Carter(pen), Sam Green, Reid
15th Nov. '05 Bath City (h) FAYC 1st Rnd. 1-2* S.Avery
24th Nov. '05 Mangotsfield United (h) Glos CC 2nd Rnd. 1-0  
15th Dec. '05 Rugby Town (h) LC 2nd Rnd.
@ Hartpury College
3-3* City won 5-4 on pens
4th Jan. '06 Hednesford Town (h) LC 3rd Rnd. 1-0 Reid
17th Jan. '06 Stourport Swifts (a) 3-1 Rimmer, Sam Green, Scott Green
22nd Jan. '06
Yate Town (h) Glos CC 3rd Rnd.
1-0 Noakes
26th Jan. '06 Bromsgrove Rovers (h) 5-0  
1st Feb. '06 Redditch United (a) 2-1  
6th Feb. '06 Longwell Green (h) Glos CC Semi-Final 2-1* Rimmer, Pritchett
20th Feb. '06 Boldmere St. Michaels (h) LC Q-F 3-2* Reid, Dunsford, Pritchett
1st March '06 Redditch United (h) 1-0  
13th March '06 Bromyard Town (h) 4-0  
16th March '06 Alvechurch (a) 0-2  
20th March '06 Cinderford Town (a) 5-0  
22nd March '06 Dudley Sports (h) LC S-F 2-0 Reid, Sam Green
27th March '06 Pershore Town (h) 1-0  
3rd April '06 Bishops Cleeve (h) 3-1  
6th April '06 Malvern Town (a) 4-0  
10th April '06

Stourport Swifts (h)
(@ Tuffley Rovers)

13th April '06 Bishops Cleeve (a) 1-0  
18th April '06 Wellington (h) 1-0  
24th April '06 Alvechurch (h) 0-0  
26th April '06 Bromsgrove Rovers (a) 3-0 Sam Green(2), Scott Green
1st May '06 Evesham United (h) 1-0  
3rd May '06 Bromyard Town (a) 2-0  
10th May '06 Kidderminster Harriers (a) LC Final
(@ Aggborough, Kidderminster Harriers)
12th May '06 Filton Academy (a) Glos CC Final
(@ Oaklands Park, Almondsbury)
3-0 Reid, Noakes, Sam Green

* Result after extra time.

City’s under-18s side finished an incredible season in style as they finally got their hands on the Gloucestershire County Youth Shield to complete a cup and league double.

The County final was surprisingly one sided as the Tigers’ youngsters cruised to a 3-0 win in Almondsbury, crushing a strong Filton Academy side who boast close ties with Bristol Rovers’ coaching programme. The Shield was won with goals from captain Jamie Reid, Michael Noakes and Sam Green and was third time lucky for a City side who have lost in the final in the previous two years. It was also the third time City's name has gone on the County trophy but the first time since 1989. The Youth Team had overcome Bristol outfit Longwell Green in the semi-final with the Gloucester youngsters needing extra time with defender Mark Pritchett taking the glory with a 106th minute diving header that sealed the win over the County Youth League leaders, but also smashed his nose during the game.

The win helped erase any disappointment from the 3-1 defeat to Kidderminster Harriers in the League Cup final earlier in the week. City had take a first half lead but a second half comeback saw the MYFL Premier outfit make the most of home advantage to strike three times and take the cup. City had previously brushed aside MYFL Western Division side Dudley Sports 2-0 to win their League Cup semi-final. The match was won thanks to second half goals from skipper Jamie Reid and sub Same Green. The youngsters had needed extra time to beat Boldmere St. Michael in the quarter-finals with Mark Pritchett again emerging as the late goalscoring hero. They had already beaten strong sides from Halesowen, Rugby and Hednesford in the competition and their progress in the League Cup is arguably even more impressive than the County Cup exploits.

The Southern Division Championship of the Midland Floodlit Youth League was clinched on May Day with a 1-0 win over Evesham Town. It’s also the third time the City youth side have won the league title, but this time the team can also lay claim to the meanest defence in the competition’s history, conceding just eight goals in their 22 games, winning an incredible 19 of their league matches. Eddie Rimmer finished as City’s top league scorer with 14 goals for the season. The title was won by eight points from Wellington, and the title is even more remarkable given the colossal fixture back-log the team had to overcome after their season of cup success. They ended the campaign with ten wins from eleven undefeated league fixtures.

The County Cup success is a continuation of the progress the youth side have made on four fronts this season, losing just four times in all competitions. The Tigers Youth side also enjoyed their best FA Youth Cup run since 1997 and reached the competition proper before losing to Bath City. The trophy haul completes what must rate as the best ever campaign for the City under-18s, a remarkable testament to the coaching and effort of youth team boss Kenny Blackburn and his assistant Warren Evans.

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.

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 during 2004/5 as the club has agreed to join a new junior league for under 16s.

The Midland Junior Premier League intends to bridge the gap between professional club acadamies and local junior sides and hopes to attract new grant funding and sponsorship. All clubs will have to meet standards of coaching with medical and welfare provision for their young players. More than 20 clubs have 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 team 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 also starting a side to play at under-13 and under-14 level, ensuring players get a chance to develop in our style of football from a young age. The boys are keen for support and play their football on Saturday mornings and lunchtimes.

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