The season started off to a somewhat disappointing start with the news that Central Venue was not fit to play on due to a combination of poor weather and a visit from the travelling community. Unfortunately, after a number of false starts and the inability of the league to arrange other venues the season was eventually cancelled.
Astley and Buckshaw dug deep and provided alternative all weather facilities throughout the winter months for the under 8s and we made Parklands astro turf our home for winter and managed to arrange friendly matches most weekends. Some of the more memorable matches played over the season included matches against Ribbleton Yellows, Eccleston Ambers, Eccleston Blacks, Walton-le-dale and Brinscall.
The team where also delighted to meet the Gorilla Glue Gorilla and present the UK Managing Director with a commemorative shirt to hang in the office.
Only 3 of players starting the 2017/2018 season had played the year before at Under 7 level so did brilliantly to compete with other more experienced teams, as the season progressed it was a great reward for the coaches to see each and every player improve and as the Christmas break approached the team celebrated their progress with a Christmas party arranged by the parents.
A special highlight of the season was seeing Isaiah getting recognised for his ability and being invited to train with Liverpool Academy. The trial came late on the season for Isaiah and we where delighted to hear that he had impressed and Liverpool offer him a place at their Academy for 2018 – 2019. All the team are sad to see Isaiah and his infectious smile and goal celebrations go but we wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him from time to time.
As the season came to a close the team competed in a number of tournaments at Bispham JFC, Myerscough and Lancashire FA and loved the experience. We closed the under 8 season with a Presentation Day with the Under 9s at Euxton Greenside where the players where presentation with trophies. Special awards where presented to
- Daniel Taylor – Parents Player of the Year
- Charlie Todd – Players Player of the Year
- Jake Marsden – Most Improved Player of the Year
- Isaiah Garin – Coaches Player of the Year
- James Bradshaw – Clubman of the Year
As the team look forward to 2019 as Under 9s we would like to thank parents who brings their kids down to training and matches, the club committee and our sponsors Gorilla Glue UK for their continued support.