News & Match Reports
The Brent Schools’ Football Association was deeply saddened by the passing of Cyrille Regis MBE, who grew up in Brent and represented the Association in his youth. Having moved from French Guiana to Stonebridge at the age of five, Cyrille attended the school now known as Newman Catholic College.
In addition to his talents on the football pitch, Cyrille showed promise as both a cricket and athlete. Upon leaving school, he qualified as an electrician and combined working in this trade with playing semi-professional football; first for Molesey, then for Hayes. It was from Hayes that Cyrille was transferred to West Bromwich Albion in May 1977, at the age of 19.
He scored twice on his debut for the Baggies, against Rotherham United in the League Cup, and was PFA Young Player of the Year in 1978. Alongside his Albion team mates, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, Cyrille did much to facilitate the acceptance of black players in professional football.
In a 2006 interview with the Coventry Telegraph, he recalled: “"Being a black player in the late-1970s and early-1980s, I had to put up with a lot of racism from opposition fans.
"There were many doubts about black players - that we were hot-weather players and that we didn't have enough courage, bottle or temperament for the game.
"But at the same time as I came into the sport, a lot of other players, like Justin Fashanu, Ricky Hill and Dave Bennett, were also helping to change people's perceptions.
"It was intimidating to run on the pitch and be faced with five or ten thousand people chanting racist abuse at you, or throwing bananas on to the pitch."
Cyrille successfully overcame the prejudice that was so prevalent in that era and became the third black player to win an England cap, representing his country a total of five times. He also won The FA Cup with Coventry City and also represented Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City in a professional career that lasted 19 years and saw him score 205 goals in 701 appearances.
Chris Ampofo, Chair of Brent Schools’ FA, commented: “We send our heartfelt condolences to Cyrille’s family and friends at this desperately sad time. Cyrille was a hero to me; as a young apprentice footballer I looked up to him, because he had shown me what was possible, partly because he had played football with my brother at the OK (Oxford & Kilburn) Club before turning professional. That underlined that hard work was what really counted.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Cyrille after his playing career ended and a friendlier and more genuine man you could not wish to meet. He was a pioneer and will be sadly missed.”
Brent's new Under-10 girls' team acquitted themselves well in their first Capital Girls' League match against a more experienced Barnet Nightingales side.
Although Nightingales won the match, which was played in difficult weather conditions, there were lots of positives for Brent to take from the match. The girls played quick attacking football with Apollonia Margetson standing out. Apollonia scored a great individual goal and provided four assists for striker Kathleen Ferreira who scored some top quality goals, one of which can be seen in the brief video clip above.
Marley Huber worked hard to support twins Scarlet and Marnie Hunn in defence and protecting goalkeeper George Stone who did a good job between the posts. Scarlet also made an excellent contribution.
Both teams can be pleased with their efforts after what was a very good game. Brent coach Patricia Taylor commented “I’m very proud of the girls. They are improving all the time”.
Team: Apollonia Margetson, Georgie Stone, Marley May Huber, Scarlet and Marnie Hunn, Cathleen Ferreira
Brent Schools’ U10 girls team took part in their first ever tournament on Saturday, hosted by the Capital Girls' League.
Brent were placed in Group A along with Alexandra Park Youth North and Barnet Nightingales, in which all teams had to play each other twice.
Brent’s first game was up against APY North which resulted in a 4-4 draw. The girls showed great teamwork with accurate passing through the lines and great finishing by Molly O’Connor (2) and Natalia Camara (2). Georgie Stone started in goal and she impressed after making some terrific one on one saves.
Brent’s next game came up against a very strong Barnet side. Although the girls lost the game 3-1, Brent were able to create chances through some great passing and movement off the ball. Molly O’Connor scored a great goal placing the ball beyond Barnet’s goalkeeper.
In our second game against APY North, Brent were again unfortunate not to come away with the win. There was some great link-up play from Kate and Maia Fox as well as some super saves from Georgie Stone in goal. APY North’s goalkeeper was on good form and Brent were unlucky to lose 2-0.
Our final game against Barnet was much improved. Now the girls had played a few games together, they looked much more comfortable in communicating with one another. Brent showed process with their defending off the ball with some great tackles from Maia Fox and Georgie Stone. Molly O’Connor scored another great goal with her left foot into the bottom corner after a great pass down the right from Kate Fox. However, again Barnet were too strong and they came out on top with a 2-1 win.
For their first tournament together, the girls played magnificently. Special mentions to Molly O’Connor, Natalia Camara and Georgie Stone who all played outstanding. Kate and Maia Fox are vastly improving in their football and they formed a great partnership in defence. Brent coaches James and Patricia were very impressed with the team performance over the four games and they are both looking forward to taking the girls into the next tournament.