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Junior Football

The wet ‘spring’ brought numerous cancellations as football pitches were waterlogged, snow bound or frozen solid - but - when we have played some amazing results have ensued ….and whilst winning isn’t everything it’s often a bi-product of our ethos here at LG Junior Football Club.


At Church Road, our under 9 and under 10 teams both made the finals day of the West Herts Football Association league (to be played after this is written) whilst under 11s went on a 4½ month winning rampage, only to come unstuck in the last two games of the season, narrowly missing out on qualification themselves. For one year group to qualify is impressive but two (almost three) is superb. No wonder a number of our under 9, 10 and 11 boys have trials for district and above levels.


Over at Ashridge the under 13s, perhaps most impressively, made the semi-final of the district Challenge Cup. This is an all teams, all leagues cup and for a division 2 team to reach the semi-finals was a terrific achievement. 


In amongst the snow and rain one weekend stood out – the sun shined - the temperature climbed - and touches of sunburn were witnessed on the hallowed turf of Church Road – yes, that’s right, it was the Little Gaddesden Junior Football Club 2018 Summer Cup followed by a hog roast, strawberries for pudding and a few drinks. 95 boys and girls divided into house colours to play a series of competitive games cheered on by over a hundred parents. The Red team ran out winners – see their smiling faces in the picture with something that looks very much like the World Cup (we’ll give it back in time for this summer)!


The day gave us an opportunity to say thanks to three of our coaches whose time is up (coaching not living that is). Longest serving of those is our very own Staff Lancaster who completed eight years at the club recruiting / press ganging many a coach on his way (yours truly being one of them). We’ll miss him desperately but know we’ll see him on the side-lines spectating from time to time.


Our season has now closed (apart from a couple of tournaments) and our coaches will take a well-deserved break on Saturday mornings until our new season starts on Saturday Sept 8th at 9.30am. All boys and girls from the village and surrounding area are welcome to come try our club – few ever leave – and we especially want to see under 6 to under 9 year old players where we’d like to swell numbers. We are always looking for parent helpers and coaches – no experience necessary – just a bit of enthusiasm.


Drop me a line if you want more information at

Tim Mayes

How to get in touch…

Gaddesden Society President
Trevor Fernandes 01442 843498

Gaddesden Society Honorary Secretary
Mandy Haynes 01442 842496

Gaddesden Society Treasurer
Phil Heaphy 01442 842283

Diary Editorial Team

Phil and Rachael Heaphy 01442 842 283

Emma Thon

Genny Snowdon 01442 843834

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