The 2010-11 Football season has seen Kings’ school teams elevated to a new prowess in local school football. With the boys fielding 9 teams across five year groups there has been a real buzz of enthusiasm around the school right from the first day back in September which carried through to the final game just before Easter. Obviously with a trip to Spain in the offing for years 8, 9 and 10 many of the boys determination stemmed from the prospect of playing and training in the nation of the current World champions.
Year 11 Despite the pressures of examinations the year 11 team produced hard fought wins against Mountbatten and Bay House. After going unbeaten in Holland the year before, much was expected of a very talented year group who have been county champions in a number of other sports. Unfortunately a fragmented season resulted in two disappointing results which saw the boys lose to local rivals Henry Beaufort (2-0) and crash out of the County Cup to Wildern (3-1). Nevertheless this team has shown strong physical capabilities and organization through to year 11 where unfortunately their finishing just let them down at the vital moments. Well done to all the boys who have represented the school so proudly over five successful and enjoyable years.
Defender of the year – James Taylor
Attacker of the year – Sam Carr
Year 10 Moving down through the year groups, year 10 have endured a long season culminating in their tour to Spain and finishing runners up in the County Cup final to Salesians (1-0). After impressive away wins at Sandown (4-1) and Yateley (3-1) the team were full of confidence going into the cup final despite the loss of centre back Joe Blakey (see Cup reports for details). In the district league the boys finished unbeaten winning all three league games versus Crestwood, Thornden and Perins. In the National Cup the team reached the last 64 in the country but lost to a strong Weydon (2-1 AET) having never really got out of second gear. The emergence of a year 10 B team named ‘the dog and duck’ brought real camaraderie to the football feel in the year group and both teams encouraged each other in their various fixtures culminating at Aldershot Town FC for the cup final.
Defender of the year – Callum McLoughlin
Attacker of the year – Mohammed Abdurahlan
Year 9 The year 9 team finished the season as County Champions after beating a strong Mountbatten team (1-0) in the final, again see final reports for more details. This very talented year group also reached the last 32 in the National Cup eventually losing a tight game at King Alfred’s, Oxford, after storming performances from Jake Shore and Luke Kirwan (3-1). The boys finished unbeaten in Spain which is no mean feat given the standard of their Spanish counterparts, beating Donbusto CF (5-1) and drawing with Roda CF (3-3). The year group is lucky to have such a complete team of talented players with many excellent pupils not even making the subs bench at times due to the high ability level.
Defender of the year – John Falconer
Attacker of the Year – Caelen Dillon
Year 8 The year 8 team have failed to get the recognition of some of the other year groups this year mainly because they met last year’s County Champions John Hanson very early on in the cup and despite taking the lead and worrying their hosts for a period of time were not quite strong enough to hold onto the advantage. However they made a name for themselves in Spain by beating their opposition 4-1 and 6-1 respectively, whilst the other boys watched on in disbelief after being taken apart by the Spanish boys. This team is not to be underestimated and finished unbeaten in their district league albeit with two draws and two wins.
Defender of the year – Ben Stevens
Attacker of the year – Jamie Howells
Year 7 The year 7 team have a right to claim the best record of all the Kings’ teams this year, which is not easy given the unprecedented success. The team finished County and District Champions after beating Toynbee in both finals. They only conceded 2 goals in eleven competitive matches this year whilst scoring 47 goals, a quite magnificent achievement at any age. This team will be one to follow when they enter the National Cup next season, no doubt buoyed by the effervescent Head of Year Mr Parsons.
Defender of the year – Max Kirwan
Attacker of the year- Ben Rowthorne