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LIVERPOOL Boys boss Tom Wyatt has announced the city under-15 squad for the forthcoming season.

The first major date for the team is on Thursday, at Liverpool Soccer Centre (7pm), when they clash with Barrow-in-Furness in round one of the English Schools' Trophy.

Wyatt, who has won the national trophy with his last two teams, is seeking a third successive victory, which would be unprecedented in the history of the competition.

Former secretary, John Fry, a man steeped in the history of the LSFA, believes the Alsop High School head of art to be the most successful city team boss of all time.

"I know of two other managers who have won the trophy twice, but not with successive sides," he said.

"Harold Williams lifted it in 1951 and 1954, and Frank Cassidy in 1969 and 1973.

"But prior to winning the trophy in 2006 and 2008, Tom lost in four successive semi finals and I don't think the other two can match that record. Tom Saunders won it only once, in 1970, but also lost in two other finals in 1961 and 1962. I know he is too modest to say it, but Tom Wyatt is without question the most successful of all time."

For the record, this will be 99th season the competition has been played. Liverpool have been English champions on 16 occasions. Sheffield, their nearest rivals, can boast nine wins and Manchester with six are third on the all-time list.. Since the war, the following have been successful city team managers: 1948 Tom Moore, 1951 HG Williams, 1954 HG Williams, 1956 Tom Parry, 1969 Frank Cassidy, 1970 Tom Saunders, 1973 Frank Cassidy, 1976 Jack Hagan, 1993 Tim Johnson, 1997 Dylan Williams, 2006 Tom Wyatt, 2008 Tom Wyatt.


CITY STARS: Liverpool Boys'' under-15s football team - back row: Christopher Lynskey (Cardinal Heenan), James Halvorsen (Archbishop Beck), Joel Kerwin (Cardinal Heenan), Anthony Thompson (De La Salle), Luke Pybis (Fazakerley), Matthew Ditchfield (North Liverpool Academy), James Cairns (St Francis Xavier) Daniel Laverty (St Margaret's); front row: Sam Babatunde (St Francis of Assisi), Lionel Loick Agbodjan (Broadgreen), Darnell Smith (Calderstones), Tom Owens (Cardinal Heenan), James Joyce (St Margaret's), Scott Griffiths (West Derby), Stephen Fisher (St Margaret's), Paul Carney (St Francis Xavier). Players unavailable for picture: Joe Peers (Cardinal Heenan), Michael Wilson (St Margaret's), James Gibson (St Francis of Assisi), Jack Dunn (Broadgreen), Antonie Boland (St Francis Xavier), Tom Williams (St Francis Xavier), Liam Wainwright (St Francis Xavier), Patrick Christian (Archbishop Beck), Calen Kelly (Archbishop Beck). (inset) Tom Wyatt. Codes zz280909LIVERPOOLBOYS.jpg/zz280909TOMWYATT.jpg
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2009
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