The following players, all once at ISFA member schools, are currently playing with Barclays Premiership, Coca-Cola Football League or Scottish Premier League clubs.
FRANK LAMPARD (Chelsea) attended Brentwood School and played in the1993-94 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup, when his school were defeated in a semi-final penalty shoot-out by eventual champions King’s School, Chester. He also played for the ISFA Under-16 representative team in 1993-94. Frank left school at 16 to sign a professional contract with West Ham United. He made his league debut whilst on loan to Swansea City in 1995 but made his Premiership debut for the Hammers in 1996, subsequently becoming captain of the England Under-21 team and making his full England debut against Belgium in October 2000. In 2001 he was transferred to Chelsea for £11 million. His subsequent career has flourished as he has progressed to becoming one of the country’s top players. He won Barclays Premiership winners medals in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009-10, FA Cup Winners medals in 2006-07, 2008-09 (scoring the winning goal), 2009-10 and 2011-12 and Carling Cup winners medals in 2004-05 and 2006-07. In May 2008 he became the first independent schoolboy to play in the UEFA Champions League Final when he played and scored for Chelsea against Manchester United in Moscow. Four years later, in 2012, he captained Chelsea to victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Final. He also captained Chelsea in the 2012 World Club Championship Final against Corinthians of Brazil and to victory in the 2013 Europa League Final. In May 2013, he broke the all-time Chelsea goalscoring record. For England he played in EURO 2004 in Portugal and both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. In September 2013, he won his 100th England cap, only the ninth player in history to reach that milestone. Other honours include the Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year Award in 2005, runner-up in the European Footballer of the Year Award in 2005, runner-up in the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards and, in 2007-08, he was voted UEFA's 2007-08 Midfield Player of the Year.
VICTOR MOSES (Chelsea, currently on loan at Liverpool) was born in Nigeria but moved to England at the age of 11. He attended Whitfift School where he was a member fo their side that won the ESFA U14 Schools Cup in 2005. At the same time he was a member of the Crystal Palace Academy. He broke into the Palace First Team during Season 2007-08 and, following 69 appearances and 11 goals for Palace, he was transferred to Premier League Wigan Athletic in January 2010. After two successful years at Wigan, during which he made 73 appearances, he moved to Chelsea in August 2012, scoring twice in the semi-final of the Europa League semi-final against Basel though he was only a non-playing substitute in the Final. He has played for England at U16, U17, U19 and U21 levels but then opted to represent his native Nigeria, whom he represented in the 2011 and 2013 African Cup of Nations. In 2013 Nigeria won this competition with Moses being selected in the Team of the Tournament and also as "Best Fair Play Player". He joined Liverpool on loan in September 2013.
WILL KEANE (Manchester United, currently on loan at Wigan Athletic) attended St. Bede's College, Manchester, whilst also attending the Manchester United Academy. He was a member of the England team which won the UEFA Under-17 European Championship in 2010 and won an FA Youth Cup winning medal in 2011. He has also played for the England U21 team. He made his Barclays League debut as a substitute in Manchester United's home match with Blackburn Rovers in December 2011. However, a serious injury at the end of Season 2011-12 season caused him to miss the whole of Season 2012-13.
MICHAEL KEANE (Manchester United, currently on loan at Derby County) attended St. Bede's College, Manchester, whilst attending the Manchester United Academy. He has represented the Republic of Ireland at U17, U18 and U19 levels. He won an FA Youth Cup winning medal in 2011 and made his Manchester United debut as a substitute at Aldershot Town in the Carling Cup in October 2011. He made 22 appearances on loan at Leicester City in Season 2012-13 and also made his debut for England U21.
CONOR HENDERSON (Hull City) was a pupil at Colfe's School. He left school at 16 and was a member of the Arsenal Youth side which won the 2008-09 FA Youth Cup. He is eligible for both England and the Republic of Ireland. Having played for England at U17 level, he switched to Ireland for whom he has played at U19 and U21 levels. Conor made his first team debut for Arsenal in the FA Cup against Leyton Orient in March 2011. However, a serious knee injury in pre-season has ruled him out for over a year and he was released by Arsenal in 2013. He joined Hull City and made his debut for them in the Capital One Cup against Huddersfield Town
DUNCAN WATMORE (Sunderland, currently on loan at Hibernian) was a pupil at Cheadle Hulme School where he completed his Sixth Form education. He captained his school to victory in the 2012 Barry Burns Northern Eights, producing an outstanding individual performance. On leaving school, the played throughout the 2012-13 season for Altrincham in the Conference North, his excellent performances leading to Sunderland signing him in the summer of 2013. He made his First Team debut in the FA Cup against against Carlisle United in January 2013 and shortly afterwards joined Hibernian on loan. Despite his footballing success, Duncan continues to study for his degree in economics and business management at Newcastle University.
FRASER FORSTER (Celtic) is a former pupil of RGS Newcastle who also played for the ISFA U16 representative team. He signed for Newcastle United and made his debut on loan for Stockport County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Bury in October 2008 and made 5 league appearances. At the start of the 2009-10 season, he spent two months on load at Bristol Rovers, following which he agreed a further loan deal with Norwich City where he became the regular first choice keeper in the team that won the League One Championship. In August 2010, he signed for Celtic on a year long loan during which he made 44 appearances and this was extended for a second year in 2011-12, during which season he continued as regular first choice goalkeeper and won a Scottish Premier League winners medal. He signed for Celtic on a permanent basis in July 2012. He played a leading role in Celtic's successful run in the UEFA Champions League in 2012-13, which included a victory over Barcelona and he finished that season with another Champions medal and also a Scottish Cup winners medal. He made his England debut in November 2013 in a friendly against Chile at Wembley.
NEDUM ONUOHA (Queens Park Rangers) attended Hulme Grammar School (Oldham) and progressed through the youth ranks at Manchester City before making his debut in a Carling Cup match against Arsenal in 2004. He became a regular first choice pick at right-back for City during the first half of the 2005-06 season but his appearances since then have been limited through injury. Nedum has been capped for England at both Under-20 and Under-21 levels and represented England in the Finals of the UEFA Under-21 European Championships in 2007 and 2009. in total he won 21 England U21 caps between 2005-09. Nedum played for Sunderland, making 31 appearances, on a one year loan during Season 2010-11. In January 2012 he joined Queens Park Rangers where he has enjoyed more regular First Team appearances.
PATRICK BAMFORD (Chelsea, currently on loan at Derby County) was a pupil at Nottingham High School and attended the Nottingham Forest Academy. On completing his 'A' levels, he joined Chelsea. He spent most of 2013 on loan at MK Dons and was leading scorer in League One when, in January 2014, he joined Derby County on loan.
WILL HUGHES (Derby County) was a pupil at Foremarke Hall and Repton. He produced an outstanding display for Repton in the 2010 Rensburg Sheppards ISFA U15 Cup Final at Burton Albion and also played representative football for ISFA at U13 level. He left school in 2011 to sign a full time contract with Derby County and made his First Team debut as a substitute at Peterborough United in November 2011. In January 2012, he received his first call-up for the England U17 Squad. Still only 17, he spent most of the 2012-13 season in the Derby First Team and also made his debut for the England U21 team.
ALEX PEARCE (Reading) was a pupil at The Oratory School before leaving to follow a career in football with Reading. He made his Reading debut in the FA Cup against Burnley in January 2007 and, following loan spells at Northampton, Bournemouth, Norwich and Southampton, eventually broke into the Reading First Team on a regular basis. He won Reading's Player of the Season Award for 2011-12 when the club won the Championship and promotion to the Premier League. He has represented Scotland at Under-21 level and the Republic of Ireland at full international level, scoring on his debut against Oman.
LAWRIE WILSON (Charlton Athletic) attended both Millfield Prep School and Millfield School. He began his career at Charlton Athletic but failed to progress beyond the reserve team. He moved to Colchester United and again failed to make the First Team. However, in 2007, he moved to Stevenage where, injury permitting, he has been a regular member of the First Team during a period which saw the club win the FA Trophy, promotion to the Football League and then promotion to League One. After 191 appearances for Stevenage, Wilson rejoined Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2012, making 32 appearances in 2012-13.
LUKE O'NIEN (Watford) attended Westbrook Hay Prep School. He joined Watford at the age of 7 and worked his way through the age groups to win a profesionnal contract and eventally made his First Team debut against Barnsley in March 2014.
MICHAEL DOUGHTY (Queens Park Rangers, currently on loan at Stevenage) is a former ISFA representative player at both U16 and U18 levels, he made his First Team Debut for Queens Park Rangers in an FA Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers in January 2011 whilst still a pupil studying for A Levels at Harrow School. He has played for Wales at Under-19 level and also had loan spells at Crawley Town, Aldershot Town and St. Johnstone. He is currently on loan at Stevenage.
TOM ADEYEMI (Birmingham City) attended the Norwich City Academy from the age of 8 and made his debut, aged just 17, against Colchester United on the first day of the 2009-10 season while still a pupil at Norwich School. Having made 13 First Team appearances in Season 2009-10 but then enjoyed a series of successful loan spells, at Bradford City in Season 2010-11, at Oldham Athletic in Season 2011-12 and at Brentford in 2012-13 season. In summer 2013, he made a permanent move to Birmingham City.
OLIVER LEE (Birmingham City) attended Brentwood School and played for the ISFA U16 representative team. He progressed through the youth ranks at West Ham United and made the First Team bench but without making an appearance. However, he has made 21 First Team appearances on loan for Dagenham & Redbridge. In the summer of 2012, he left West Ham to join Barnet where he made 11 appearances before joining Birmingham City in the summer of 2013.
DAN HARDING (Nottingham Forest) was educated at St. Bede’s School, The Dicker (Hailsham). He joined Brighton & Hove Albion before making his debut in Season 2002-03 and becoming a regular in 2003-04 and playing in their victory over Bristol City in the Division 1 Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium. He made 39 appearances in Brighton’s Championship season of 2004-05 before joining Leeds United in 2005. Dan made 20 appearances for Leeds before losing his first team place and moving to Ipswich Town in the summer of 2006. Following loan spells at Southend and Reading during Season 2008-09, he joined Southampton in July 2009, where he has since been a First Team regular, playing in the side that won promotion from League One in 2010-11. After making 98 appearances for Southampton, he joined Nottingham Forest in summer 2012 and has been a First Team regular since then.
SOLLY MARCH (Brighton & Hove Albion) attended Bede's in Sussex before leaving to join Brighton. He was the club's Young Player of the Year in 2012-13 and made his First Team debut in August 2013, coming on as a substitute against Derby County. He made his debut for England U21 in May 2013.
TEERATEP WINOTHAI (Thailand international player) was a pupil at Brentwood School. During his time in England he attended Brentwood School for whom he played in the 2002 and 2003 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup Finals. He was also played in the academies of both Crystal Palace and Everton. Following his return home he has become a successful professional player who now has 43 full international caps (15 goals). He has played mainly for Thai Premier League club BEC Tero Sasana but did have a brief spell with Belgian club Lierse. In July 2013 he scored the winning goal for a Thailand All Star Team in a pre-season friendly against Manchester United.
FRANK FIELDING (Bristol City) kept goal for QEGS Blackburn in the 2004 Boodles ISFA Cup Final. He joined Blackburn Rovers full time on leaving schol and made two appearances for the England U19 team in 2007. In Season 2007-08, he was signed on loan by Wycombe Wanderers and made his debut at Bradford City, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory, and remained first choice until the end of the season when he returned to Ewood Park. Since 2008, Frank has had a number of loan spells, at Northampton Town, Rochdale and Leeds United. He has made several appearances for the England U21 team and, in August 2010, was on the bench for the full England side for their friendly with Hungary. In January 2011 he joined Derby County on loan, playing regularly in the First Team and securing a permanent deal at Derby in the summer of 2011. Also in the summer of 2011 he was first choice goalkeeper for England U21 in the European Championship Finals in Denmark.. After two years at Derby, spent mainly in the First Team, he joined Bristol City in summer 2013.
CHRIS PORTER (Sheffield United, currently on loan at Chesterfield) has proved that it is possible to make a career in football after staying at school until 18 to complete ‘A’ levels. He studied at QEGS Blackburn for whom he scored the winning goal against Brentwood School in the 2001 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup Final. He then joined Bury for whom he enjoyed two seasons as a first team regular before joining Oldham Athletic in 2005. He finished as one of the leading goalscorers in League One during Season 2006-07 and in July 2007 he joined Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League. scoring against both Celtic and Rangers and finishing as his club's top scorer in his first season. In January 2009, Chris became Nigel Clough's first signing for Derby County but injuries limited him to 44 appearances and he joined Sheffield United in the summer of 2011. Having played in the League One Play-Off Final in 2012, he secured an extension to his contract and he appeared in the Play-Offs again in 2013, though this time Sheffield United went out in the semi-finals. He is currently on loan at Chesterfield.
TYRONE MINGS (Ipswich Town) was a pupil at Millfield. He joined Ipswich from Chippenham Town in December 2012, making his league debut before the end of the season and he has recently been rewarded with a new contract by Mick McCarthy
JOHNNY GORMAN (Leyton Orient) has won eight Full International caps for Northern Ireland, all of them whilst still a pupil at Repton School where he studied between 2009 and 2011. He was originally selected to play for Northern Ireland against Turkey and Chile in May 2010, just two months after he had played in the 2010 Boodles ISFA Cup Final for his school. Then, in September 2010, he appeared as a substitute in an outstanding victory over Slovenia in a UEFA European Championship qualifier before returning to school to help Repton win the ISFA Six-a-Side tournament two days later! Johnny made his Premier League debut for Wolves as a substitute, away at Norwich in March 2012. In August 2012 he signed for Plymouth Argyle on loan for the first half of the season, scoring on his debut in the Capital One Cup. He also appeared on loan at Macclesfield and Cambridge during that season but in summer 2013 he signed a permanent deal with Leyton Orient.
LEE HILLS (Stevenage) attended Whitgift School and made his debut for Crystal Palace in Season 2007-08. He has also appeared for Colchester United on loan and Oldham Athletic on loan. Lee has played for England at U18 and U19 levels. Injuries kept him out of football for nearly two years and in the summer of 2012 he joined Stevenage where he made 11 appearances in 2012-13, a season once again affected by injury.
REUBEN REID (Yeovil Town, currently on loan at Plymouth Argyle) scored twice for Millfield in the 2005 Boodles ISFA Cup Final, when they defeated Hampton 3-1. On leaving school, he spent a brief spell with Manchester United before joining Plymouth Argyle for whom he made his league debut as a substitute against Ipswich Town in the final match of the 2005-06 season. After spells on loan with Kidderminster Harriers and Rochdale during season 2006-07, he started the first two league games of the 2007-08 season for Plymouth but then lost hish place and had load spells at Wycombe Wanderers and Brentford. In summer 2008. Reuben joined Rotherham United, scoring on his debut on the first day of the season and finishing the season as the club's top goalscorer with 18 goals, a feat which earned him a transfer to West Bromwich Albion in August 2009. After a spell on loan at Peterborough United, Reuben played on loan Walsall and Oldham Athletic during Season 2010-11 and joined Oldham permanently in the summer of 2011. Having made 37 appearances in Season 2011-12, he joined Yeovil Town in the summer of 2012. After a season at Yeovil he joined Plymouth Argyle on loan in the summer of 2013.
ROBIN SHROOT (Stevenage) is an example of success through perserverence. He left Alleyn's School at 16, having played only 2nd XI football mainly due to his size, but he progressed through a variety of non-league clubs before gaining a trial with Birmingham City in 2008, as a result of which he won a contract and made his First Team debut in an FA Cup tie with Wolves in January 2009. Robin has Northern Ireland international caps at U19, U20 and U21 levels. Following loan spells with Walsall and Burton Albion, he joined Cheltenham Town in summer 2010. He made just 7 appearances for Cheltenham and joined Stevenage in summer 2011, making 28 appearances in 2011-12.
BEN NUGENT (Cardiff City, currently on loan at Brentford) was a pupil at Millfield, who signed for the Cardiff City Academy in 2007. He made his First Team debut in the League Cup in Middlesbrough in November 2012 and made 14 appearances as the club won the Championship and gained promotion to the Premier League. At the end of the season he was voted the Club's Young Player of the Year. He has now joined Brentford on loan for the first half of the 2013-14 season.
JORDAN SPENCE (West Ham United, currently on loan at Milton Keynes Dons) was a pupil at Chigwell School. He was captain of the England U16 team that won the Victory Shield in 2005-06 and also captain of the England U17 team which reached the Final of the UEFA European Championships, losing to Spain 1-0, and also qualified for the U17 World Cup in Korea in August 2007, at which tournament Jordan scored a last minute winner for England against Brazil. Jordan made his first debut for West Ham in the final game of the 2009 season against Manchester City. Since January 2009, Jordan has spent periods on loan, appearing for Leyton Orient, Scunthorpe United, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday. He is currently on loan at Milton Keynes Dons. Jordan has represented England at every age level from U16 to U21.
ELLIOT LEE (West Ham United, currently on loan at Colchester United) made his First Team debut as a substitute in the FA Cup against Manchester United at Old Trafford in January 2013. He appeared on loan for Colchester United in October 2013. As a pupil at Brentwood School, he won the inaugural ISFA U15 Cup in 2008, scoring two superb goals in a Man of the Match performance.
JAMES BEATTIE (Accrington Stanley) was a pupil at QEGS Blackburn and played for the ISFA Under-16 and North Under-18 teams in Season 1993-94. He progressed through the youth section of Blackburn Rovers to make his Premiership debut against Arsenal in 1996. In 1998 he was transferred to Southampton for £1 million and his career made rapid strides on the south coast where he became a prolific goalscorer, appeared in the 2003 F.A. Cup Final and won 5 England caps before he returned north to Everton in 2005. James joined Sheffield United in summer 2007 and, after 18 successful months at Bramall Lane, he returned to the Premier League in January 2009 when he joined Stoke City, playing a key role in their successful fight against relegation. In August 2010, James moved to Scotland, signing for Rangers but in January 2011 he moved back into the Premier League, playing on loan for Blackpool for the remainder of that season. Released in the summer of 2011, he joined Sheffield United in November 2011 where he played for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. In November 2012, he joined Accrington in a player-coach role. He was appointed Manager of Accrington in the summer of 2013, at the same time retaining his players' registration.
ANDREW FRAMPTON (AFC Wimbledon) played for Lancing College in the 1997 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup Final, his side defeating Bolton School 2-1. On leaving school he joined Crystal Palace for whom he made occasional appearances between 1998 And 2003 before joining Brentford following a loan spell.. He became and was vice-captain in the 2006-07 season but joined Millwall in June 2007. He has been a regular in the Millwall side since then and played at Wembley in the 2009 and 2010 League One Play-Off Final., winning promotion on the latter occasion. Following loand spells at Leyton Orient and Swindon Town during 2010-11, Andrew joined Gillingham in the summer of 2011 where he made 58 appearances in two years before joining AFC Wimbledon in summer 2013.
LEWIS GRABBAN (AFC Bournemouth) attended Cumnor House School and Trinity School, both in Croydon. He began his career at Crystal Palace, making 10 appearances and going on loan to Oldham Athletic and Motherwell. In 2008 he joined Millwall, where he made 58 appearances and played at Wembley in a League One Play-Off Final. In 2011 he joined Brentford. After a season in west London, he joined Rotherham United where he enjoyed a very successful year, scoring 18 goals in 43 appearances, whereupon he joined AFC Bournemouth in the summer of 2012.
DAVID SYERS (Doncaster Rovers) attended Leeds Grammar School and, having progressed to the University of Leeds where he represented British Universities at the same time as reading Classics, he then played for a number of non-league clubs before attending a successful trial with Bradford City in the summer of 2010. He made his debut in a Carling Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, scoring the goal that took the tie to extra-time. A few days later he made his League Two debut against Stevenage. He went on to score 8 goals in 37 appearances and was voted the Players's Player of the Year for 2010-11. In the summer of 2012 he joined Doncaster Rovers. He is currently on loan at Scunthorpe United.
CHARLIE SHERINGHAM (AFC Wimbedon) attended Brentwood School and also played for the ISFA U16 representative team. As a youth player, Charlies spent time with Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace and then played for a series of non-league clubs. He joined AFC Bournemouth in 2011, making six First Team appearances, and then joined AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2013.
RHYS BENNETT (Rochdale) was a pupil at Bolton School and was a member of the Bolton Wanderers Academy. Although captaining the Reserve team on occasions, he failed to break into the First Team and, following a spell on loan at Falkirk, where he made 19 appearances, he joined Rochdale in 2012 and became a First Team regular in Season 2012-13.
TROY BROWN (Cheltenham Town) attended Whitgift School, making his league debut for Ipswich Town during Season 2010-11, making 13 First Team appearances. In 2011 he joined Rotherham United and spent much of the 2011-12 season on loan at Aldershot Town. In the summer of 2012, he joined Aldershot on a permanent deal and played regularly in the First Team before joining Cheltenham Town in summer 2013. He has represented Wales at U17, U19 and U21 levels.
SAMMY MOORE (AFC Wimbledon) was a pupil at Dover College. He was a member of the Ipswich Town team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2005 but made only one First Team appearance for Ipswich before moving to Brentford where he made 20 appearances. Sammy then moved into non-league football with Stevenage, Dover Athletic and AFC Wimbledon, returning to the Football League when AFC Wimbledon won promotion in 2011. During Wimbledon's first season in the Football League, he was voted Player of the Year by the fans.
SEAN McALLISTER (Scunthorpe United) won the Player of the Tournament Award as a member of the winning Bolton School team in the ISFA Under-15 Six-a-Side Tournament in 2001. He was a regular member of the ISFA Under-16 representative team in season 2002-03 and also played for Bolton School in the 2003 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup Final, when they defeated Bradfield College. Sean left school at 16 and joined Sheffield Wednesday, progressing through their Academy and making his First Team debut in the Championship in the 2005-06 season, at Southampton as a substitute and then starting a match for the first time at Derby County. Sean had loan spells at Mansfield Town and Bury during 2007-08 but returned to Hillsborough for Season 2008-09, becoming a First Team regular. Sean signed for Shrewsbury Town in July 2010 and made 35 appearances in a two year spell. In 2012-13 he played twice for Port Vale before joining Cowdenbeath, making nine appearances. However, in the summer of 2013, he returned to English football when he signed for Scunthorpe.
The following players also attended independent schools, though not schools that are current Members of ISFA:
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (Arsenal) was educated at St. John's College, Southsea. He joined Southampton at the age of seven and graduated to making his First Team debut in 2010 aged just 16. He made 36 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 9 goals, before signing for Arsenal in the summer of 2011. He enjoyed a successful first season at Arsenal, at the end of which he was selected for the England Squad at EURO 2012. He made his England debut prior to the tournament in a warm-up game against Norway and then started in the opening match of the tournament against France. He scored for England against Brazil in the Maracana Stadium in June 2013.
BRETT PITMAN (AFC Bournemouth) attended Victoria College, Jersey, and made a name for himself in the Channel Islands, representing the island in the Island Games and attending trials with Manchester United. At 16 he signed for Bournemouth and made his debut in the 2005-06 season. He became a First Team regular at Dean Court, scoring 59 goals in 173 appearances, culminating in the club's promotion to League One at the end of the 2009-10 season. In August 2010 he was signed by Bristol City and finished as the club's top scorer in his first season. After a successful spell at Ashton Gate, in which he scored 20 goals in 77 appearances, he returned to Bournemouth in 2013.
MAJOR DATES 2014-15
ISFA U14 at
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U18 & U16 Girls
Sun 31st Aug
ISFA Inset Coaching Award
Mon 1st Sept
ISFA Inset Coaching Award
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Sun 7th Sept
Complete Sports Solutions
Sun 28th Sept
North U18 & U16 Trials
Sun 28th Sept
South U16 Trials (11.00)
South U18 Trials (2.00)
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(St. George's Park)
ISFA U15 & U14
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