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ESFA U16 Inter County Champions 1997, 1999
ESFA U18 Inter County Champions 1987, 1988, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2009


WELCOME to the Northumberland Schools' FA website. You should be able to find out all you need to know about schools' football in the county here.  If you have any comments or queries CONTACT US



We are sorry to relate the sad news that Chris Scott (Head of PE at Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham) died suddenly on 2nd March 2021.

More information will be posted as it is known.

Our condolences go to Chris's family and colleagues.



International honours...

During the most recent lockdown, Executive Committee member Ian Beck has been researching players who went to school in the Northumberland County Schools' FA area (which includes Newcastle and North Tyneside) and have gone on to represent England - both at Schoolboy level and Full International level.

The first local schoolboy to become a full international was Tom Porteous - in 1891; the most recent was Fraser Forster in 2013 - the same year that Lucy Bronze (who hails from Alnwick) made her debut too.

How many of these players could YOU name?

Follow this link:

International Honours


MESSAGE DATED 12th January 2021

At their meeting held on Monday 11th January 2021, the Executive Committee decided that no County competitions for schools would be organised in the 2020-21 season.

The Committee also noted that Northern Counties SFA will not be arranging inter-County competitions. Therefore NSFA will not be organising the selection of county teams this season.


Received from ESFA

Further to yesterday's Government announcement and subsequent FA statement<>, released yesterday (4 January), the ESFA can confirm this morning that all schools' football activity is to be suspended in line with the new 'lockdown' restrictions in place across England.


It is with great sadness we bring the news that Dave Prothero has died following a stroke and heart attack.

This tribute has been made by Peter Tracey, Secretary of Northern Counties SFA

It is with the deepest sadness that I have to inform you that Dave Prothero of Cumbria, Cleveland, and North Yorkshire CSFA died, yesterday 6th December, at the age of 69 following a Stroke and Heart attack in mid-November. This is devastating news and will send a shockwave through the schools' football world.
Dave was well known across the North of England for his constant dedication to school football across four decades. He played a significant role in all three counties and unwaveringly supported the development of schools' football, through his experience and knowledge of all things relating to schools' football. He had served as the Honorary Auditor to both the Northern Counties and the ESFA and only recently took on the role as Treasurer of the Northern Counties SFA. He served with great distinction and total commitment as Chairman of the NCSFA in four seasons, 1990, 2001, and 2012, nominated by Cumbria, and in 2019 having moved to North Yorkshire.

Very many young people, boys and girls, owe a great debt of gratitude to Dave for his unstinting efforts to create opportunity for them to play football at the best possible level.
I am certain that all those involved in English Schools football and especially the Northern Counties will have a story or memory of Dave. He was unfailing in his love of the game in schools, and all that it could offer. He was totally reliable and his loss will be felt by all who had the pleasure to know him. He was always true to his word. If there was a job to be done then Dave would make sure it was done, and done well.

His handshake was legendary. His sense of humour likewise. Dave was a powerful and forthright advocate for Schools' Football and to meet him, and to be in his company, was a privilege that he shared with many across the years he gave to our game.

The Northern Counties SFA has lost a great friend. We are the richer for having known him, and worked with him. But that only serves to deepen the great loss we have just incurred.

A fuller set of tributes can be read here


The pages which refer to aspects of our history are gradually being updated.

Why not have
a read here?


The ESFA has a page on the DfE website with latest guidance. Click anywhere in this message for the link.


The use of temporary dismissals ("Sin Bins") applies to all football below the professional game.  Schools have been sent a link to The FA's training video - but more information can be found by clicking HERE

The FA Mini Soccer and Youth Futsal Handbook

You can download a copy of this document here


We have just added a page called 'Historical Snippets'. 

The first feature is about George Priest who played for Northumberland in 1930. See the page listed on the left or follow this LINK


Ryan Davies – Regional PE & Coaching in Education Coordinator (North East)

Ryan has recently been appointed as the Regional PE and Coaching in Education Coordinator for the North East region. Ryan has 10 years’ experience as a Head of Department and Physical Education teacher in both Primary and Secondary settings, alongside coaching in a Premier League Academy. As part of the role Ryan is available to provide tailored PE CPD sessions to teachers and trainees throughout Northumberland as well as delivering the FA Primary Teachers Award. All sessions and courses are delivered free of charge by The FA.

See the FA Physical Education page to learn more...


If you have any concerns regrding the Safeguarding of young people in football, please do not hesitate to contact our Child Welfare Officer, Steve Swinyard

The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC free helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry.

Staffed by independent, experienced NSPCC professionals, the helpline will offer support and guidance for adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse within the game at all levels from grassroots to Premier League and is a safe space for any further whistleblowing.

The helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.

Trained staff will offer support, advice and guidance, and will refer cases on to the police or other agencies as appropriate, such as if a child is in immediate danger.

Referrals of concerns about recent and non-recent incidents in schools’ football should continue to be made to ESFA National Welfare Officer Sarah DaCosta tel 07960500723 or directly to The FA’s safeguarding team via

The Northumberland Schools' FA Welfare Officer is:
Steve Swinyard.

His contact details are: