Category Archives: SP14 Team News

Presentation Night


On Sat 1st July, the players, parents, relatives and friends met for our annual Presentation Night at Stonnall Village Hall.

Every player received a trophy with Squiggy also receiving top scorer and Parents’ Player of the season awards. Players’ player went to Dylan, with Alfie receiving a special award from the Manager for Most Improved Player.


‘Kit on for Pudsey’ Day

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Kit on for Pudsey Day

On Sunday Nov 20th Stonnall Juniors U13 team, Stonnall Phoenix raised money for Children in Need for our first ‘Kit on for Pudsey Day’

The players’ parents and supporters were invited to wear an item of replica football kit, hat or scarf of their favourite football team in return for a donation of £1.00. Also, hot drinks and homemade cakes were sold to home and away supporters.

The total amount raised was £52.00.

Thank you to all the parents and supporters.


As you can see from the photo, Leeds United supporters nearly outnumbered those of Aston Villa. Indeed, even the Manager was an honorary Leeds fan for the day so he could experience supporting a big club!

Footgolf Day – 9th Oct

With no fixture today Stonnall Phoenix players, parents brothers and sisters enjoyed a round or two of foot golf with a little competition of course!

The scores went from very respectable to “I lost count” and any other excuse that could be thought of!
Well done to Mick, Squiggy’s uncle who made a hole in one (that’s the fella on the right in grey) Mick has promised to buy everyone a drink the next time all those in the picture are in the same room!
The weather was great, the company and laughter even greater, thank you to everyone for a great fun afternoon.


Spring Cup Match report

Date: 23rd April 2016
Centre: Bustleholme
K/o: 10.00am

Stonnall Phoenix 1:0 Wednesbury Sports Union
Mac 3mins

This was the penultimate game in the Spring Cup and one of Phoenix’s best results of the season.

The previous match against Wednesbury in a different competition had been won by the Div1 team 4:1 but Stonnall started this one on top with good pressure in the opposition half and the lads found the breakthrough in only the third minute. Harry’s ball infield to Charlie following a throw-in led to a shot from the captain which the keeper saved but Mac followed up well to score his third goal in four matches.

The rest of the first half saw the teams share possession and although the Wednesbury forwards were getting into good positions, Stonnall’s defensive line of Zac, Benno and Sedgy held firm, closing down and restricting space. When a shot did get through then Pembo was well positioned to save.

Stonnall were breaking forward well, particularly with Mac running on to the through balls or holding the ball up and playing in his teammates. On one such occasion, Charlie’s shot hit the crossbar and bounced down onto the goal line. Jacko also broke into the box after a persistent run and shot just over the bar.

The second half followed a similar pattern with chances at both ends but Phoenix’s defence proved resilient and Pembo was on top form with a number of match winning saves.

On the final whistle, the lads’ reaction showed they knew they had achieved a fantastic result against very good opposition.

Report by Pete H.

Message from the Manager 
Well done lads on a gritty determined performance against a team who ran out 4-1 winners the last time we met 4 games previously.
We have talked about tempo and method many times over the last several training sessions, playing these D1 teams has allowed you to witness/realise more than our conversations.
Remember we talked about discipline and concentration?
This was one of those games where it was needed.
Mac‘s patience and positioning is paying off with 3 in 4 games now, at the other end Pembo‘s kicks are helping the team to position themselves in a more positive set up, along with some great positional saves.
From Pembo to Mac and in between it was a great performance.
It was good to see Jacko working his way in to the box with great confidence, and Benno who had a really solid performance at centre of defence.
A very pleasing performance from every one.

MOTM: Due to the displays of both our striker and goal keeper I have decided to award Mackenzie and Pembo our Man Of The Match award.
Mac has now scored 3 in 4 and worked really well running through the channels against a good defender.
Pembo has worked hard on his goal kicks, made several quality saves and kept another clean sheet.
Well done lads.


Captains Comments
I thought we dug in well and fought and battled hard.
A great follow up from Mac gave us our goal, if it wasn’t for their number 3 I’m sure we would have scored more because we created loads of chances – he was a good defender.

Match Report

Competition: League
Date:                17th Apr 2016
Centre:            Aldridge Airport
K/O:                  10.00am

Result: Stonnall Phoenix 4:2 Brownhills Community Colts

Stonnall Phoenix’s last league game of the season ended in victory after coming from behind.

Right from the kick-off, the match was played end to end and in the second minute Mac found Benno in the area who finished well past the keeper for 1:0. The game continued at high tempo and Brownhills equalised in the fifth minute from a corner. Stonnall then found themselves behind four minutes later when a Brownhills forward sent an unstoppable shot from the right edge of the area to make it 1:2.

A breathtaking first half saw both sides playing committed, attacking football and Brownhills had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping the score in their favour at half time. With DJ, Jacko and Crusher coming on for the second half, Phoenix had a renewed determination and following good defensive work by Sedgy, Charlie fed the ball through to Squiggy who finished well to equalise in the 40th minute.

The boys continued to press and restrict effectively and with 51 mins on the clock Jacko, who embodied the team’s dogged spirit, passed the ball to Charlie whose right footed shot beat the goalkeeper to restore the lead at 3:2. With the momentum now with Stonnall Phoenix, Brownhills were restricted to few second half chances but one shot narrowly went wide of the post after good closing down by Pembo.

With three minutes left Phoenix made sure of the points when Benno battled through following a ball from Charlie and scored for 4:2. There was still enough time for Brownhills to win a free kick on the edge of the area but the resulting shot was headed off the line by Charlie and the game finished shortly afterwards.

It was Stonnall Phoenix’s twelfth victory from sixteen games having scored 54 goals and today’s match was a fitting end to another successful league season.

Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager

Thoroughly enjoyed today’s game. It was a game of enthusiasm and determination, end to end from the first to final whistle. Over the last several weeks we have played some very good D1 teams, from these we have built on the positives, taken the negatives and worked on them.

Today we showed what we have learned from these games, several weeks ago we wouldn’t have competed like we did today. Our shape and positioning was brilliant, the tackles from both sides were hard but fair.

I’m really pleased, following the discussions lately and your ever important input, you showed you can play another kind of game. As ever we will discuss the very few negatives, and applaud the many many positives from today.

MOTM – this is extremely difficult.
Squiggy: Worked his socks off up and down the wing, a true performance of a winger, great positioning and a very cute finish for his goal.
Benno: Industrious strength with sheer determination and great feet – gave Brownhills defence a hard time.
Jacko: Came on at half time and changed the response of our attack with winning headers, tackles and playing some great one – twos and little through balls, you should be really pleased with this performance Jacko.

After much thought I am going to award MOTM to all three of you.
I couldn’t split it, so well done to the three of you.

Thank you to Brownhills Community for a hard/physical game – just what we needed, thank you also to Brownhills parents who were a friendly bunch and very supportive. A credit to your club.



Captains Comments

Good performance I think we battled hard against a hard team.
I would like to pick out Jack’s performance, he won all his headers and worked hard, also Squiggy for his wing play and getting on the end of my assist.