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Chance to join Hough End U-12 boys !

Posted on: 17 November 2017

MANCHESTER community football club Hough End Griffins has some spaces in its’ Under-12 boys team for new players.

Hough End Griffins is a well-established junior football club for boys and girls, founded by parents in 2005.

Spaces have arisen in the Under-12 boys, typically for boys in school year 7, for a number of reasons including a shift of match days to Sundays.

The team is run by coaches who are doing a degree in football management at the Etihad Campus.  New players of all abilities are very welcome to come a long to our training sessions and matches to find out more.

The Under-12 Boys team trains at south Manchester’s Platt Lane complex on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm and plays Respect League matches on Sunday mornings at the University of Manchester’s Armitage Sports Centre, Moseley Road, Fallowfield.

For further details contact Hough End Griffins club secretary Ben Hamilton by emailing: or Dan Taylor by emailing:

Formed in 2005 by a group of football-loving parents, Hough End Griffins Junior Football Club has become one of the most successful junior football clubs in Manchester.

The club has won many accolades over the years including Manchester Sports Club of the Year, two Manchester FA Community Club of the Year Awards and numerous league and cup victories.

Chairman and treasurer Dan Taylor said: “Hundreds of children have been attracted to our community club and through our parent volunteers we have been able offer a safe environment for children to participate in sports, be part of a team and make new friends.”

The club is always welcoming of new players and its range of activities include a Saturday Morning Soccer School for 5 to 7 year olds at small all-weather pitches at Broughton Park Rugby Club, on Mauldeth Road, next to Hough End Playing Fields.


Hough End U10s are City slickers

Posted on: 11 November 2017


Hough End Griffins’ U10 boys got an exciting taste of elite academy football when they accepted an invitation to play at Manchester City in October.

We took a squad of 11 to play the City Girls U10s, who are testing themselves against local grassroots sides as part of their development.

The City Academy, across the road from the main Etihad Stadium, is arguably the finest of its kind in the country, with facilities on a completely different level.

For the Hough End boys, to walk in through the front doors of that impressive campus, into their own dressing room with their name on the front, past the multiple indoor and outdoor pitches, was a taste of the possibilities that football can bring.

On the pitch, the boys rose to the occasion magnificently, matching their elite opponents throughout for skill, athleticism and strength and scoring five times. Every one of them will be able to talk you through the time they scored at The Etihad.


In the end, we were just edged out in terms of a result, but the performance and the experience is what the boys will take away from the trip and back to their weekly training and Respect League games.

Coaches Mun Abraham, Chris Arnold and Graeme McGilliard had great feedback from the City team coaches afterwards, praising the boys’ skills as well as their behaviour and sportsmanship throughout. We have already been invited back for another crack at them before the year is out.

Thanks to all the parents who made the effort during half term week to get their boys to the game, we had more volunteers than spaces in the squad, so thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm. It’s always appreciated.

With a training day at Manchester United’s Cliff ground and now a game against Manchester City this year, the U10s squad are gathering great experience as they continue their football journey. Keep it up, boys.

Hough End thanks stalwart volunteer Sandra

Posted on: 17 July 2017

DSC_0511HOUGH End Griffins Junior FC has thanked stalwart volunteer Sandra McNicholls, who has stepped down as treasurer and given an overall 12 years of service to the club.

Sandra, from Northenden, first became involved with Hough End Griffins while helping another south Manchester club, Wythenshawe Town, where her two sons played as youngsters.

She built a relationship with both clubs and now helps with Chorltonians, where she is treasurer, her husband Tony McNicholls is chairman and her two sons, now aged 25 and 28, play.

Dan Taylor, Hough End Griffins chairman, thanked Sandra for all her many years’ work at the club’s recent annual general meeting (they are pictured above). The event was held at the Hough End Centre, which is Greater Manchester Police’s sports and social club.

Dan said: “This has been Sandra’s final season at Hough End and she has left it in a fantastic financial position. When Sandra volunteered to become treasurer on a temporary basis three years ago, the club was not in such a healthy state as it is now.  But the amount of work she has put in behind the scenes has got the club to where it is today. It means we are able to give more and more kids the opportunity to get involved with this fantastic community football club.

“So I want to thank Sandra on behalf of everyone at Hough End Griffins. She has been such an important part of this club for the past 12 years.”

Sandra was presented with cards and presents from other volunteer-parents at the AGM (see photo below this report).

The annual general meeting discussed other topics including opportunities for more parents to become coaches and assistants through FA courses, and a push to increase the number of higher-qualified coaches. A number of parents have completed or are starting the FA Level One course which covers first-aid, child welfare and football coaching. However the club is keen to get more parents qualified and also to FA Level Two.

More details are available from individual team coaches or from Ben Hamilton, the club secretary, or Graham McGilliard, who has become Hough End club chairman replacing Dan Taylor who is the new treasurer.

Also at the AGM, parents Anita Kistler and Cheryl Struckman were reinstated as child welfare officers, and Robbie MacDonald remains press officer. Discussions are ongoing with other parents about potential volunteer roles.

Other topics discussed included pitch bookings and league registrations for the forthcoming 2017-18 season, enhanced communications and information circulated between team coaches, and a potential Hough End Griffins youth council to provide a platform for youngsters to have a greater say about the club’s development.

The AGM followed Hough End’s end-of-season presentation day for players, family and friends held at the nearby Broughton Park RUFC clubhouse (see previous reports and photos).

Hough End Griffins currently has over 300 children of primary and secondary school aged, up to 16, boys and girls. The club was formed in 2005 by a group of football-loving parents and remains parent-led. It has become one of the most successful junior football clubs in Manchester. It has received many accolades including Manchester Sports Club of the Year, two Manchester FA Community Club of the Year awards, and numerous league and cup victories.



Presentation day

Posted on: 03 July 2017


Presentation day – more photos

Posted on: 03 July 2017


Presentation day photos (part 3)

Posted on: 01 July 2017


Hough End presentation day 2017 – photo special (part 2)

Posted on: 01 July 2017

BELOW are more photographs from our 2017 presentation day at Broughton Park RUFC’s clubhouse. Included here are teams, coaches, parents and Mr Silky Skills (Richard Braithwaite). See the previous news report for the full details.


Hough End Griffins presentation day – photo special

Posted on: 01 July 2017

DSC_0331 HOUGH End Griffins Junior Football Club held its annual presentation day on Saturday, July 1, highlighting the many contributions and achievements of players, coaches and volunteers.

Above and below are numerous photos capturing the celebrations and fun. Congratulations to all the teams and volunteer coaches.

The club attracts youngsters from across south Manchester including Withington, Chorlton, Didsbury, Whalley Range, Old Trafford, Moss Side and Hulme.

The presentation day was held at Broughton Park RUFC’s clubhouse at Hough End Playing Fields. It included football skills entertainment from Richard Braithwaite, known as ‘Mr Silky Skills’, with children and parents joining the fun, and bouncy castles outside provided by Jimmy Duffy. Music and MC services came from Mitchell Brough, from Broughton Park RUFC. Special thanks to Broughton Park RUFC for the club house, which is an excellent and eye-catching venue featuring fascinating and colourful rugby memorabilia.

All Hough End Griffins players, coaches, parents, family and friends were thanked for supporting the club’s activities over the past 12 months. The club goes from strength-to-strength and currently has over 300 players, from very young members of the Saturday Soccer School to older players through primary and high school ages up to 16.

Club secretary Ben Hamilton was thanked for coaching the girls’ team over the past three seasons alongside Tim Forester. Ben is remaining with the club but moving to goal keeper coaching for both boys and girls’ teams.

Club treasurer Sandra McNicholls is retiring from the role in coming weeks and will be formally thanked at Hough End Griffins’ annual general meeting on Thursda , July 13, at the nearby Hough End Centre (Greater Manchester Police sport and social club).

All parents are invited to the annual general meeting and to other monthly club committee meetings held at the police club.


Important: Venue change for club’s presentation day

Posted on: 13 June 2017

DSC_7141THERE is a change of venue for Hough End Griffins’ end-of-season presentation day on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

The event will now be held at the club-house of Broughton Park Rugby Club at Hough End Crescent, Hough End Playing Fields (near the small artificial pitches where Saturday Soccer School is held for young children). This is a change from the previous plan to hold the event at the nearby Greater Manchester Police sports club.

The presentation day will run from 12 noon until 4pm for all boys and girls teams at Hough End Griffins. Family and friends are all very welcome to attend and join the celebrations.

There will be trophies for players and speeches from their coaches, along with the opportunity to buy or order new Hough End kits, hoodies, jackets and other accesories. The bar should also be open and we hope to have a bouncy castle.

Players will also be encouraged to sign-on with Hough End Griffins for the new season, which is a formal requirement to play league matches.

Parents/guardians will be asked to pay an annual £30 registration fee on the day and also make arrangements to pay regular £15 monthly instalments over the new season.

The club is sympathetic to genuine cases of financial hardship. If you have any questions or worries, please speak to your team coach or other club volunteers at the presentation day. Alternatively speak to club treasurer Sandra McNichols on the day, or call 07762 064107 in advance or email:

Any outstanding subs owed from the recent 2016-17 season should also be paid. Please make all outstanding payments to: Hough End Griffins JFC. Sort code: 40-31-17. Account number: 61344897. Reference: ‘Child’s name’

Regular payments are essential to pay for the club’s pitch and league fees, equipment and training gear, trophies and other costs, and keep the club in overall good financial health.

So once again, we look forward to seeing you all at the presentation day on Saturday, July 1, from 12 noon to 4pm, at Broughton Park RUFC clubhouse, Hough End playing fields.

Hough End girls at Old Trafford for league awards ceremony

Posted on: 11 June 2017

DSC_0278HOUGH End Girls received league cup runners-up trophies at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium during a end-of-season presentation ceremony for the South Manchester Girls Football League, see pictures above and below.

The Hough End girls were runners-up in the recent Under-13s B League Cup Final against Cadishead Girls, held at Flixton in May.

Pictured above at Old Trafford is, from left, Hough End team captain Sadhbh Fleming-MacDonald, Eva Fraser, Teagan Cochrane, Rowan Hennesey, Mariam Forester, Eleanor Porter,  Ruby Cole, Courtney Lamb, Anya Custis, Alice Dunn and Katy Robinson Carmichael. (Players not at the event included Ricarda Blattner, Ellie-Leigh Collins and Sophie Elliott).

Family and friends travelled to the Old Trafford presentation, which celebrated achievements of teams throughout the South Manchester Girls Football League, including league and cup successes along with the contributions of individual players, coaches and volunteers.


Similarly, families and friends had travelled to the cup final back in May, to support the girls. So once again, well done to all the team and to coaches Tim Forester and Ben Hamilton for their hard work and commitment throughout last season. The girls will play in the under-14 league next season

Before then Hough End Griffins FC host its own end-of-season presentation day and new season registration day for all boys and girls teams on Saturday, July 1, from 12 noon to 4pm. Like last year, the event will take place at the Hough End Centre (Greater Manchester Police’s social and sports club). New kits, hoodies, jackets and other accessories can also be bought or ordered at the July 1 event. 

The signing-on fee will be £30 per player followed by monthly instalments of £15. Payment details are available from team coaches and club volunteers.

  • Would you like to help the Hough End Griffins girls team coaches as a volunteer? For further details, contact Tim or Ben, who is also Hough End club secretary. Call Tim on 07587 239696 or Ben on 07772 160455.



Chance to join Hough End U-12 boys !

Posted on: 17 November 2017
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Hough End U10s are City slickers

Posted on: 11 November 2017
Hough End Griffins’ U10 boys got an exciting taste of elite academy football when they... read more >>

Hough End thanks stalwart volunteer Sandra

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Presentation day

Posted on: 03 July 2017

Presentation day – more photos

Posted on: 03 July 2017