Our juniors' section continues to grow, and this presentation evening is now a major event in the FOBG calendar. This season's celebration took place on Friday 9 June at Farrow Fields.
All engraving and trophies were organised by club Chairman Danny Saines with thanks, and supplied by Supreme Engraving. Thanks also to our fantastic bar staff Katie, Chris and Ian and also to club photographer Colin Brazier.
Paul Eddleston Trophy
The Paul Eddleston Trophy has been inaugurated this year to reward the player who has progressed most from all junior teams over the season. It is named after the current First XI manager who started with the Guild at the age of 15 over 40 years ago and has served the club with distinction ever since.
Stanislav arrived from Ukraine with his mother Nika and sister Ulyana in the summer of 2022, and came to FOBG with little previous experience of playing football. His prowess as a hockey player helped him to learn the new sport extremely quickly, and he has become a prolific goalscorer and a much loved member of the team.
The Under 10s played in the Selkent League, their first experience of "competitive" football. While we are not allowed to report scores or scorers at that age, they did very well overall, and more importantly, enjoyed every minute under the tutelage of Neil Pearce, Jon Gasson and Paul Embleton.
The Under 13s came to us this season and played in the Tandridge League Division Two, playing a year above their age group to ensure they were tested in as many matches as possible. They excelled, losing only two of 15 league games. They forfeited their final match, meaning they were pipped for the runners-up spot, but managers Michael Clark and Mark Girling will tell you that performance and attitude is more important than league position at this age.
Under 15s Colts
Now at the end of their fourth season with us, the Colts (Under 15s) again competed in the prestigious and extremely competitive Kent Youth League, coming up against teams from most of the top non-league clubs in north west Kent. Decimated by long term injuries, they struggled to find their feet but steadily improved as the season went on, finishing a creditable eighth. Star striker Finley Williams earned a trial with Charlton Athletic and will be moving on to Dartford next season. Everyone at FOBG wishes him success in his future career.