EARLIER this year, three weeks of football trials were held at St Clere’s Secondary School to select the players that would represent Thurrock in the forthcoming season. Over 70 players from 37 Primary schools in Thurrock attended and twelve boys from ten different primary schools were selected.
Kevin Watts, joint manager said, ‘It was a tough decision to select twelve boys who we felt would follow in the success of previous Thurrock teams, but we feel that we have selected a group of boys who will represent their school and Thurrock with pride. District football is played at a very high standard, and we have started our season well with some very promising results remaining unbeaten and recording recent victories over Dartford, Potters Bar, Hackney, St Albans and Barking and Dagenham. Things are looking good for a successful season. The players are all very enthusiastic and want to do their best to bring some silverware to Thurrock and make their school, parents and Thurrock proud. All the players are looking forward to the year ahead especially the annual tour of Jersey for which we welcome any financial support’
The District team play weekly matches on a Saturday in the Essex League, the Gills’ Shield, the Crisp Shield, the Lester Finch Trophy and the prestigious Southern Counties Cup and will be playing teams from across the south of England. The squad of players also attend the FA affiliated Jersey Football Festival where Thurrock play teams from across the country and representatives from Jersey.
The team photo is of the team. The squad consists of :
Alfie Mackenzie , David Roberts, Bobby Root (Aveley), Freddie Hesketh (Belmont Castle), Archie Corner (Bulphan), Samuel Griek (Dilkes), Adam Pankhust (Graham James), Joseph Ogundipe-Cole (Harris), Harley Gray (Lansdowne), Cailan Johnston (Quarry Hill), Kaelan Casey (Shaw), Toniyi Kuku (St Thomas’).