Penkridge Junior Football Club celebrate a quarter of a Century,

This season Penkridge Junior Football Club celebrates its first 25 years and when the first ball was kicked on Saturday 11th September the celebrations began. It was quite fitting for this FA Community Standard club that it was to be Penkridge Junior Ladies kicking off at 10:30, the team competing this season in the Staffordshire County Girls League, this landmark match against Wednesfield produced not only our first goal but also the first hatrick of our 25th season with the honours for both going to Lisa Oakden the final score Penkridge 11 Wednesfield 0


Ellie Busby 5
Lisa Oakden 3
Harriett Gibbons
Beth Garland Ridding
Olivia Thomas


Elsewhere, Penkridge Juniors had no lees than 10 teams playing on this landmark weekend. Results were mixed with 3 teams winning, 3 losing and one drawing.

u7 (Friendly mini soccer league)
u8 (Friendly mini soccer league)
u9 Lost 1-4  (v Stafford SS) and 1-8  (v Stafford Rangers)
u10 Panthers Won 6-0 (v Stafford Rangers Stripes)
u10 Wanderers Lost 0-2 (v Stone Hammers)
u12 Won 7-3 (v Shelfield Utd)
u13 Drew 0-0 v Stafford Rangers Stripes
u14 Won 2-1 (v Boley Park) – Goals by Zak Porter and Ryan Lucas
u15 Lost 1-14 v Rugeley Rangers
u18 Lost 0-4 (v Lea Hall)

 In the early 1980′s, as the number of school football matches declined the number of junior football teams increased. In 1985, a group of Penkridge Dads, eager for their sons to be the next Bryan Robson or Gary Lineker formed Penkridge Junior Football Club.
The first season saw the formation of 2 teams, an U-ll team to play occasional friendlies, and a U-12 team entered the Rugeley and District Boys League (now Mid Staffs Junior League). The first ever game resulted in a 5-2 defeat by Blackford Cubs but as the season wore on the team grew in confidence and only lost 2 of its remaining 17 matches which saw them lift the Rugeley and District Endeavour Cup. For the record Nick Cooper was the captain of this inaugural team and Rory Hewiston top scored with 23 goals. Also playing regularly was a young Michael Turner, later to score on his professional debut for Barnsley against Ipswich. Other youngsters from the early days to play professional football include Richard Walker (Crewe) and Bill Turley (Northampton)
Penkridge Junior football club is now represented by 14 teams with over 180 children playing weekly in local junior leagues. We are in the process of putting together a complete history of PJFC if you have anything to contribute to this or would like more information this can be found by visiting our website at www.pjfc,co,uk

About Pete Spillard

Manager of Penkridge Junior U14's, FA level 2 qualified coach and Vice Chairman of PJFC Support Wolves and work in my spare time :)