It was a case of déjà vu when Tadcaster’s MP Nigel Adams visited The Ings, home of high flying Tadcaster Albion, to attend the unveiling of the Colts’ new match day shirts which he has sponsored. Thirty years earlier Nigel had captained his school team at the ground in a cup final against a Leeds school which unfortunately his Selby High School team lost 1-0.
Mr Adams said: “I remember the game well as I’d just recovered from a broken leg. I also recall missing a good chance to score so that has stuck with me for years. Thankfully, today’s visit has been much more fun.”
“It’s great to see the youngsters full of beans and enjoying their football. When I was their age, I lived for football and I’m pleased to be able to help them out as a kit sponsor. But I don’t remember the shirts in my day being quite so snazzy!”
TAJFC manager Jason Stothard said: “Nigel has been kind enough to sponsor the team in two ways, by taking a pitch-side board at The Ings, which is where the club’s senior team play and by also sponsoring the Under-9s and Colts match day shirts.
The club’s senior team are nicknamed “The Brewers” and they currently lead the Northern Counties East League Premier Division and are aiming for promotion. Such is the ambition of the club that they recently signed Jonathan Greening, who played Champions League football for Manchester United a few years go.
They are creating an academy for aspiring footballers and it is hoped that some of the current juniors are able to progress into the Academy.
Tadcaster Albion Juniors membership includes boys and girls from Tadcaster, Wetherby, Boston Spa, Copmanthorpe and surrounding areas.
It is a thriving and popular club providing quality coaching and development whilst retaining a sense of fun.
The Junior section purposefully keeps subscriptions low to make it affordable for families to send their children to the club.
In addition to providing quality coaching there is also a games programme for children aged seven and above and match day kit is provided.
The club is keen to hear from any youngsters aged four-15 who want to play for the club.
Jason Stothard said: “ We want to hear from any boys and girls who want to enjoy football, so if it’s your child’s first time playing football or they have been playing for years there will always be a warm welcome at Tadcaster Albion.”