Frickley gala day and supporters match prove successes

Under 7s teams that took part in the Frickley Academy gala.
Under 7s teams that took part in the Frickley Academy gala.

Frickley Athletic’s season may have ended, but there has been plenty of activity at their SW Jackson Utilities Stadium with the staging of an England supporters game and a junior football gala.

Supporters took to the pitch on Sunday when a Frickley fans XI took on the England fans team in a fundraiser with all monies being put towards the Blues’ redevelopment fund.

The match was arranged by Frickley fan and bucket collector Chad Thomas, who has raised thousand of pounds for the project, and was the fourth year in a row such a game has taken place at the end of the season.

All have been great games and Sunday brought another as it ended 4-4 with Frickley winning 9-8 on penalties – the second time they have beaten the England team in a shoot-out.

Frickley have thanked all those that travelled from far and wide to support the game.

The ground staged a successful annual junior football gala on Saturday, organised by Frickley Academy.

More than 230 children from 26 different teams from afar a field as Marsden, Leeds and Sheffield competed in the day’s under 7s and under 8s competitions.

The morning saw the under 7s competing in two leagues of five teams with the winners or each playing out a sporting final after coming out of the tunnel to the Champions League music.

A great day was had by all with Knottingley Albion running out victors against Colton Juniors in the final after Marsden FC and Frickley Academy narrowly missed out on a final spot on goal difference.

The under 8s competition followed in the afternoon with 16 teams competing in four leagues of four, followed by a mini competition of semi-final and final for every team due to corresponding league position.

Frickley Academy ran out FA Cup winners, Scawthorpe Scorpions Blues Europa League winners and Valley Knights Premiership winners. But it was West End JFC Orange who took the main Champions League trophy after a hard fought final with Bramley Sunnyside, taking the honours after a penalty shoot-out. Every player received a medal for their efforts.

Academy manager Jason Dale said: “What a great day had by all, to see the smiles on the young players faces makes all the hard work worthwhile and shows that we as an Academy are heading in the right direction.

“Thank you to all the teams and supporters that attended, and a special mention to those that helped out on the day, without them days like these and the everyday running of the teams wouldn’t be achievable.”

Frickley Academy under 19s played out a goalless draw at Ossett Albion with Kieran Pickard taking the MOM.