A Christmas Message to all members of St Peter FC and the Academy

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This has been a difficult year for all and for some a distressing year, which I am sure we will all be pleased to put behind us. At St Peter’s FC we have been more fortunate than a lot of other sports as we have been able to enjoy our passion for playing and watching the game we love. As Christmas and a New Year approaches the Committees of the Senior Club and the Academy join as one, in wishing everyone, players, parents, coaches, officials, supporters and every single person associated with the Club, including our brilliant Sponsors, a really special and peaceful Christmas. We trust you are able to enjoy yourselves, however you intend to celebrate. We extend our very best wishes to you all for 2021, may it bring you good health, happiness and success in achieving your own key hopes and wishes. We would like to thank everyone for your personal contribution to making this Club a special one in so many ways. To all our young players, enjoy the festive season but keep yourselves as fit as you can so we can make a flying start when football re-starts in the New Year.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all
Best Wishes
Peter Fleury, Brian Foulser and all members of the Senior and Academy
Committees

COVID-19 Update: All Competitive Football Suspended

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Surprisingly and disappointingly, I have to inform you that a directive has just been received from the JFA that their Competitions Committee has taken the decision to postpone with immediate effect all competitive fixtures through to the end of 2020.
The decision was taken by the Competitions Committee and endorsed by the JFA on Thursday evening due to the rise in the number of Covid cases and Clubs expressing concerns for the welfare of their players. The Committee were also apparently finding it difficult to manage fixtures in these circumstances. Training can continue providing  the published FA and Government guidelines continue to be followed.
I apologise to anyone who has been inconvenienced due to the abruptness of this decision and I thank each and everyone of you for all your hard work and your commitment to your young players. I am sure they will be as disappointed as we are with the decision but we would appreciate your understanding. If you can please communicate  this information to the parents of all of your squads explaining that this was not a decision of St Peter FC but is a directive from the JFA.
Best wishes,
Kind regards
Brian Foulser

COVID 19 Officer

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We are pleased to announce that Tony Bryant has been appointed the Club’s COVID-19 Officer and has taken up his responsibilities with immediate effect. Tony will initially appraise the existing precautionary safety measures the Club has introduced, in line with the States of Jersey guidelines. Any new or revised instructions will be published on this web site in addition to other appropriate means of communication.
Peter Fleury
President
The contact details can be found on the Contact Us page

A Big Welcome to the ‘New’ 2020/21 Football Season

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St Peters FC Academy is delighted to welcome back all players and parents for the 2020/21 season. This has been a strange and hopefully an exceptional year. We trust all of you have come through COVID-19 unscathed and are ready to enjoy your football once again.

As always, the safety of our players and coaches will be paramount and we will need to follow some clear guidelines. For training, all players should arrive in their kit ready to start the session, they should bring the following with them: A full water bottle (clearly marked with the individual’s name), a small towel and an individual hand sanitiser. As the arrival and departure will need to be carefully managed, we ask for your help and co-operation by arriving no more than 10 minutes before the start time and at the end of the session depart as promptly as possible. Please use the one-way entry and exit system at St Georges car park.

At the start of each session, the coach will remind the players of the simple procedures that should be followed. He will also ask players to be signed in and out of each session with a parent contact number supplied for emergency purposes.

We need to ensure that we have the necessary up-to-date information for each of our players and if you haven’t already completed a registration form please complete one at the first training session. We would also appreciate the seasons club subscription being paid if you haven’t already done so. Payments can be made online via our web site, click on subscriptions 2020/21, move to Academy click the red subscription link and follow the instructions. This is the easier and preferred method but if you prefer, payment can be made by bank transfer direct to the Academy Account or by cheque made payable to ‘St Peter FC Academy’. The registration form has full details.

We would also like to draw your attention to our monthly draw, which helps the Club and provides each entrant with the opportunity to win several prizes from £50 to £20 and £10 every month for 10 months for an outlay of just £10 for the season. This equates to just a £1 a draw. Half of all monies collected are guaranteed to be used as prize money. Entry forms will be available from your coach or can be downloaded from our web site.

We also take this opportunity to remind you of our online club sports shop, which supplies high-quality Nike items at advantageous prices, everything can be seen and purchased via the link on the web site ( https://www.clubwebshop.com/a-z/clubs/stpeterfc/). If you need assistance or guidance please feel free to contact our Academy Secretary, Mary Pack email: mary@ssc.je

We look forward to an exciting season ahead with everyone performing to the best of their ability. We want all our players, above everything, to enjoy their football as that is the very best environment for them to learn and develop their abilities. It is important that we always play the game in the right spirit and set the example to other clubs by showing respect and sportsmanship to our opponents and officials at all times.

We always welcome new players to St Peter in all age groups, however, we would particularly like to add players to our U14, U15 and U16 squads. We would welcome and indeed ask for your support, in bringing this opportunity to the attention of any youngster who would like to enjoy his football and improve his game. Please contact Rui Marques on 07797 790388 or email rui.marques1991@hotmail.co.uk

We have some fine players emerging throughout all age groups and we will be doing everything to ensure that we harness that talent and that they continue to progress to the next level.

Head Coach, Rui Marques and his coaching team are looking forward to meeting up with their respective squads and to unleashing all that inbuilt energy that we are sure has been building up. Whilst the older age groups have already resumed training, our younger age groups will be back in action from WC Monday 7th September.If any questions remain unanswered please either contact your coach or the enquiries section of our web site and we will respond as swiftly as possible.

A final thanks to all the parents for your patience and understanding and for all the help you give to the Academy in so many different ways.
Best wishes to you all, Players, Parents, Coaches and all helpers.
Good luck for the season, our aim is progress and above all to ensure the enjoyment of the beautiful game.

Best wishes

Brian Foulser
Chairman St Peter FC Academy
August 2020. ( For and on behalf of the Academy Committee)

St Peter FC – Everton FC Summer Camp Cancelled

St Peter FC regret to announce that the 17th consecutive annual Everton FC Summer Camp which was due to run from the 27th July has been cancelled. The Club has been in regular contact with Everton FC and the two clubs believe the logistical difficulties and the imponderables that currently exist because of the pandemic, make it difficult to provide certainty and the Clubs feel they have no option but to cancel the July event. It is hoped to find an alternative date for later in the year.

Brian Foulser, St Peter FC Academy Chairman commented,

”This is a major disappointment to everyone at St Peter, particularly Mike Horman and all those volunteers who have spent a considerable amount of time planning this important week in the St Peter FC calendar. We appreciate that a great number of young players will be disappointed and upset at missing out on something they have been looking forward to for a long time. It is an event that provides so much enjoyment for around 160 Island youngsters and its longevity speaks volumes. We offer our deepest regret and apologies to all of them”

Everton FC co-ordinator and Senior Community Coach Sean Robertson said

“We were hoping that the situation would have eased, as we always look forward to visiting St Peter and coaching the abundance of talent that exists in Jersey, it is a major highlight in our year. The current restrictions would mean that we would have to quarantine for 14 days in Jersey. The event itself would be severely restricted by social distancing and non-contact. Whilst we hope things will improve, people require certainty and the health and safety of the young players and the coaches attending has been our first consideration. We will be searching for an alternative date when it is hoped we will still run our 17th consecutive annual Summer Camp”

All those players who have registered will receive a full refund and this will be completed over the next 4 weeks.

The St Peter Club will be involved in a major cost limiting exercise as they try to unravel bookings made for air tickets, hotels, marquees and other ancillary necessary support items.  

An announcement regarding a revised date for the event to be staged will be made later, if and when a mutually suitable date is found and government restrictions are relaxed. contd

For further information:
Mike Horman – Email: cidhorman30@gmail.com Tel: 07797 772454
Brian Foulser – Email: bmillgill@aol.com Tel: (01534) 851075         

                         

Rui Marques to Head St Peter FC Academy Coaching

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St Peter FC Academy is delighted to announce that Rui Marques has been appointed as Head Coach of the Junior section of St Peter FC. Marques takes up his responsibilities with immediate effect even though a date for the return of football to the Island has still to be agreed.

Rui has a wealth of coaching experience and has enjoyed a great deal of success, particularly in his time with St Peter. In 2018/19 he managed and coached the U18 squad who swept all before them winning every single game they played in the Channel Islands, League Champions two cups and the Channel Island Trophy when they comprehensively beat St Martin AC, the Guernsey League Champions for the Portsmouth Trophy. In a pre-season tour, they defeated 3 top junior teams of professional or semi-professional clubs, including Gillingham FC U18’s.
From 64 starting teams in the Kent FA U18 County Cup, they battled through 4 rounds before losing narrowly to Folkestone Invicta in the Semi-Final. Rui Marques went on to manage the St Peter FC first team during the 2019/20 season and did an outstanding job in the most difficult circumstances.

Youth players were given their opportunity and seized their chance to provide the Club with an exciting and promising future. For personal reasons, Rui decided to stand down from his first-team role and he now wishes to return to his passion for being involved in the development of young players. Marques has very clear ideas on the structure and coordinated planning that is required to bring out the best in young players and enhance their natural talents.
St Peter Academy Chairman, Brian Foulser said

“we are absolutely delighted to have such a talented coach to Head up our Academy, I know he is committed to taking a fresh look at the way we approach the development of young players, together with providing the necessary support that is required for the coaching team. He knows it is essential a coach enjoys the role and feels they are supported, to enable them to become even more effective. I am excited about the future and look forward to once again working with an outstanding coach.”

An enthusiastic Marques said,

“I am delighted to be taking up the position of Head Coach of the Academy and I am grateful for the opportunity the Club has offered me. Developing our young
players are something I am extremely passionate about and by having a significant impact as to how the Club approaches player development is an exciting new challenge and one I consider a privilege.

With the help of the outstanding coaches within the Academy, the aim is to build on what is already an excellent youth set up. The foundation of our aims will be to give our young players a holistic football ‘education’ while also teaching them the St Peter values, Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship, it’s a challenge I relish.”

The club has already announced their new 1st X1 management team, headed by Elliot Powell along with Dan Garton, Gary Powell and Paul Brannan. They bring a refreshing appetite to the task, with a mixture of youth, experience and proven coaching skills.
This has been a challenging and frustrating season for all clubs for several reasons, not least the abruptness at which the season concluded in an unfinished state. The appointment of Marques and the new 1st team management gives the St Peter Club tremendous optimism for the future. Commenting on his appointment, Elliott Powell said

“I’m delighted to accept the position as first-team Manager at St Peter. It’s a club with a rich history and I am honoured and proud that the committee has entrusted my coaching team and me with this responsibility. The infrastructure and ambition of the club was an opportunity that we simply could not turn down, we can’t wait to get started.”

For further information:

Brian Foulser – bmillgill@aol.com Tel: (01534) 851075 

Rui Marques – rui.marques1991@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 07797 790388 

Elliott Powell – powelle98@gmail.com Tel: 07397 198505

Age is Just a Number

They say age is just a number but in football, it’s one that increasingly seems to count against you, whether you are too young or too old! One way or another it always seems to be an issue but the important question one should always ask, is ‘How good is he?’ This was brought to my attention recently when I read that Jamie Cureton, a player I admired at Norwich many years ago, and now 44, was one of the leading scorers in the Isthmian Premier Division at Bishops Stortford, although he has recently moved onto Hornchurch, and is now finding the net there.

When Cureton reached his 1000th game recently he said he genuinely thought that he could do a job in the League still. He may well have been right. But age went against him. Just because he doesn’t “trackback” as they say, or “work his socks off”, it doesn’t preclude him from playing at a higher level. As a genuine goalscorer that is not the point. Genuine goalscorers get themselves into the right goal scoring positions and then when the ball is at their feet or the cross in is at the right place, they just know how to stick the ball into the back of the net. Jamie Cureton has scored at every level from the Premier League down and puts his longevity down to good diet and refuelling the right way after matches. He reminds me of our own Gary Freeman, now doing a brilliant job as Manager of the Jersey Bulls, who just smelt goals. So who then, were England’s greatest goalscorers since the Second World War? Three naturally gifted players stand out for me, all making their League debuts at 17 and soon after becoming regular goalscorers at International level. I always think of Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker and Michael Owen as predators second to none, whose acceleration away from trundling defenders and subsequent eye for scoring as a supreme gift. When I first saw Jimmy Greaves destroy the reigning English Champions, Wolverhampton Wanderers leaving Billy Wright, Ron Flowers, Eddie Clamp & Co absolutely dead, as he scored five goals for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, it brought tears to my eyes. I knew I was watching a genius. His 44 goals for England in only 57 games, giving him a scoring average of 77%, may never be bettered, based on the number of games he played.

For most people today Gary Lineker is a highly paid television presenter for Match of the Day but many do not remember his exploits on the field. He first came to my attention on this very programme as a kid with Leicester City in the late seventies, when his goal-scoring talent was there for all to see. His 48 goals for England in 80 games represents a 60% return which meant that in virtually two out of three games you were already a goal up before you even started! Apart from his exploits for Everton, Tottenham and the mercurial Barcelona, who can forget his hat trick at the World Cup in Mexico in 1986 against Paraguay, which rescued England’s campaign, enabling him to go on and become top goalscorer at the tournament. As for Michael Owen, his marvellous individual goal against Argentina at France 98 will forever be etched in the memory. So will his surging run into the box, which I was lucky enough to see, in Sappora four years later, before he was brought down by Mauricio Pochettino, to give David Beckham the chance to convert the penalty, which gave England revenge over the Argies, with a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately, an injury sustained at the World Cup in Germany in 2006, virtually ended his career, both for Liverpool and England.

Finally, going back to the other end of the scale, I was at Stamford Bridge the day Stanley Matthews took a rumbustious, hard-tackling left-back by the name of Eddie Mcready, to the cleaners, showing him the ball, going this way and that, leaving him for dead, as he masterminded victory over Chelsea which gave Stoke City the second-tier Championship in 1963. Here was a proper winger. Not an overlapping full-back, not a midfielder going wide, but a winger. You wouldn’t have asked him to ‘Track Back’! On that day he was 48 years old. He played his final game in Division One two years later at 50!

By David Eves