History

Wolverhampton Schools’ Football Association has taken an active part in local and National Competitions since the early days of the last century. Traditionally part of Staffordshire we were also founder members of the West Midlands league in 1974. Our greatest achievement to date is reaching the Schools National Trophy Final in 1931. Unfortunately, we finished second best to Islington in the final at Highbury.  W. H Clinton achieved the rare distinction of becoming Chairman of the E. S. F. A for the year 1967-68 and more recently Barry Austin, Nick Loftus, Ian Crichton and Gavin Hawkins have fulfilled a similar role for the West Midlands. A number of our boys have represented England Schools at U14, U15, or U18 level and five Schoolboy Internationals have been staged at Molineux. The most recent match in 2007 commemorated the Centenary of The ESFA.

Wolverhampton Primary Schools' Town team was formed by Phil Staley and was soon playing a full programme of matches. Their first match in March 1964 was a 2-0 victory over Darlaston on Garrington’s Sport’s Ground. When competitions began in the early 1970s the team quickly established a reputation for strength and soon brought trophies to the town. 

 

By the early 1970s, The Primary Association had become an Independent body and in the years since the competitions began Wolverhampton have won the Staffordshire shield on 15 occasions, The West Midlands Shield has returned to the town 10 times and the Burton Shield has been held 7 times. All are records. The Town team also won the 7-a-side West Midlands title in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2003 and the Tom Yeoman Welsh Shield in 2002 (joint) and 2004. For 15 years Wolverhampton went on tour to play London Associations and established itself in the fixture calendar of the Metropolis. Wolverhampton twice defeated the combined London team. In more recent years they have toured Wales and the East Midlands. 

Many Wolverhampton boys have gone on to enjoy a successful career in League football.

 

A full list of all Wolverhampton Schoolboys to have played professional football in England or Scotland can be found here.