Monkseaton Juniors mark first season with national trophy

Monkseaton Juniors FC U11's with Sir Geoff Hurst, manager Mark Bryden and coach Ben Sayers.
Monkseaton Juniors FC U11's with Sir Geoff Hurst, manager Mark Bryden and coach Ben Sayers.
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Monkseaton Juniors FC Under 11s marked the end of their first season in existence with a national trophy and a selfie with 1966 England World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst.

They triumphed in the ESF Festival of Football, which sees hundreds of junior players from all over the country descend on Butlins in Skegness for a weekend of high quality football.

The boys from North Tyneside were unbeaten in seven matches and defeated talented Merseyside team TMS FC 2-0 in the final.

Collecting their award from World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst, the boys could not resist a cheeky selfie with the only player ever to score a World Cup Final hat-trick.

Sir Geoff also found time to present Monkseaton Juniors’ flying winger Jack Sayers with the Golden Ball Award for his stunning solo goal in the final.

Monkseaton manager Mark Bryden said: “The commitment and skill the boys produced over the weekend was phenomenal but not unexpected.

“They are a great group of players and have worked so hard all season for this. We’re excited to have won the tournament and are looking forward to next season already.”

The club are holding trials for new players early in June and are currently looking for talented coaches to help develop the next generation of players.

For more information visit www.monkseatonjuniors.co.uk