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Fixtures 9 December

U7’s – Home vs NPL – Hillcross School – Kick off: 11:00am

U8’s – Home vs Walton & Hersham – Hillcross School – Kick off: 10:00am

U9’s Yellow – Home vs Woking Cougars – Poplar Road – Kick off: 9:30am

U9’s Blue – Away vs Old Isleworthians – Kick off: 10:00am

U10’s – Home vs Walton & Hersham – Hillcross School – Kick off: 10:00am

U12’s Yellow – Home vs Metropolitan Police – Hillcross School – Kick off: 09:30am

U12’s Blue – Away vs AFC Croydon Athletic – Mayfield Stadium, Mayfield Road, CR7 6DN – Kick off: 10:00am

U16’s – Home vs Colne Valley – Poplar Road – Kick off: 11:00am

Fixtures 2 December

U7’s – Home vs Woking Cougars – Hillcross School – Kick off: 11:00am

U8’s – Home vs AFC Walcountians – Kick off: 10:00am

U9’s Yellow – Away vs Esher – Kick off: To be confirmed

U9’s Blue – Away vs Walton Casuals – Kick off: To be confirmed

U10’s – Home vs Old Isleworthians – Poplar Road – Kick off: To be confirmed

U12’s Yellow – Home vs Mitcham Park Spurs – Hillcross School – Kick off: 10:00am

U12’s Blue – Home vs Carshalton Athletic Blues – Hillcross School – Kick off: 11:30am

U16’s – Away vs Richmond Park FC – Kick off: To be confirmed

Football boot recycling

As a club we must go through a significant number of football boots. The children’s feet grow so quickly and we are left with boots that have lots of life still in them.

Many of you will be aware that Ruts Youth are in partnership with a local charity called Endeavour Youth Club (EYC). It would be nice if we could have your old ‘clean’ boots for reuse within Ruts Youth or siblings. We would then ask you to make whatever donation you see fit (via a collection tin) to EYC.

The boots can be handed in or purchased at training when we go back to the club or at home games.

Become a Ruts Youth FC Coach

We are always on the lookout to increase the number of qualified coaches we have at Ruts Youth FC.

Due to our rapid expansion we are fielding many enquiries from children wishing to play football for Ruts Youth FC. Unfortunately, we are only able to start new teams when a volunteer becomes an FA Level 1 Qualified Coach.

If you or anyone you know is interested in going on the course (paid for by the club) please contact




England Star meets Ruts Youth Girls

Current England Women’s player and coach developer Marieanne Spacey dropped in on our training session today. It’s not often we have one of England’s greatest players drop in, Marieanne made 91 appearances for England and scored 28 International goals.

The girls were all ears as Marieanne kindly offered some tips and advice to our U15’s. Marieanne’s wealth of experience is sure to assist the team as they look to build on their 3 game winning streak.

Club Announcement – Charter Standard

Old Rutlishians’ Association Football Club is proud to announce their award of the Football Association’s nationally recognised Charter Standard status.


The Charter Standard Scheme is a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League. As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all.

Parents looking for a club for their child would find comfort when choosing an FA Charter Standard Club that there will be a positive environment in which to play football.


Old Ruts AFC have a total of five junior sides from under 8 up to under 15, including a team for girls, in addition to their four Saturday Mens teams and a Sunday veterans side under the club umbrella.


Youth chairman Daniel Poulter said “This is a great achievement for our football club and another positive step forward. The Charter Status is recognition for the people that work very hard to ensure our club runs so efficiently. All of the people that have volunteered their time deserve a big thank you. Old Ruts AFC is fully committed to providing quality football for players that will ensure the future health of the club”.


Speaking on behalf of the Senior Section Football President Gavin Lennard declared ‘ this is a great achievement and sound progress and I’d like to thank Daniel Poulter in particular, for his efforts in securing the Charter Standard for our Club.


Ruts Youth 3 Cheam 3

Tonights rematch gave the Ruts the chance to avenge the recent reverse against Cheam.

Ruts were missing two players, both Calums were unavailable for tonight’s game and will be back to strengthen us further next time out.

The opening 10 minutes were evenly contested with both sides coming to terms with the solid surface. Cheam began to press the Ruts defence of Tommy and Aksel with Ciaran making some great early saves.

The opening goal was well deserved as the Cheam forward planted a well taken finish just out of reach of Ciaran between the sticks.

This galvanised the Ruts and they began to threaten with the industrious Rio giving the Ruts a much needed outlet. Alf showed his true potential tonight and was closing every opponent down and using the ball wisely.

The increased tempo gave Conner the impetus to start bossing the midfield. It was this increased work rate that paid dividends as Conner showed his strength and composure to force home the equaliser from close range.

At the turnaround Ruts unleashed new signing Oscar into the game. He was joined by Jamie and George as the Ruts settled down to put the game to bed. Against the run of play Cheam caused mayhem in the Ruts rearguard and the forward prodded home. Giving Ciaran no chance.

The game remained at 2-1 for a short while with Ciaren once again proving his quality by producing some game saving stops.

Jamie and Oscar were beginning to gel as a partnership and caused the Cheam defender to handle just outside the area. Up stepped Jamie and dispatched the freekick high into the net to equalise again.

Ruts switched off as they were still celebrating their goal and allowed Cheam to retake the lead from the restart.

The final ten minutes saw Harrison and George driving the team forward and providing the team with steady heads in midfield. Once again the work rate proved fruitful as Jamie skipped down the right wing and produced a killer cross which the Cheam defender turned into his own net.

The Ruts now had their opportunity to push on and win the game and began throwing everything at Cheam. A frantic final few minutes saw the crowd reach fever pitch as they pushed for the winner.

In the final minute the ball was pinballing around in the Cheam area with an array of shots and blocks. The ball popped out to the ever improving Alfie who caught the ball cleanly and sent it goal bound. The keeper was beaten all ends up but a miraculous goal line clearance from the Cheam defender put a stop to Alfie’s celebrations.

So the match ended with a 3-3 draw, both teams should be proud of themselves. Ruts showed they are more than capable of winning games at this level and will continue to work hard and build on this. Superb effort from the lads, the elusive first win is surely only around the corner.