Football News

  • Abbey players shine in Fantastic FA Youth Cup run
    16 Nov 2023

    Wednesday 15th November FA Youth Cup 2nd Round Barking 1-0 MK Dons The Abbey boys have had an unbelievable FA Youth Cup run which had led to them being rewarded with a home tie against MK Dons, who are a Category 3 professional academy. The boys knew they would be up against it, but they were up for the challenge. MK Dons saw a lively start to the fixture, which was shown through their passion displayed during the opening minutes of the match. Whilst dominant on the ball, the travelling team were patient in their approach to find an opening within what was a resilient Barking defence.
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  • Barking Abbey Boys - September - October 2023
    13 Nov 2023

    Barking Abbey boys football academy have had a strong start to the season after a intense and enjoyable preseason by being undefeated in 13 games with 12 wins and a draw throughout all competitions, all players have stepped up to the high standard demanded of them when asked and there have been some good team and individual performances. The FA Youth Cup has been a real highlight so far as the boys sailed through 4 qualifying rounds to secure their place in the 1st Round Proper which is a tie away to Kingstonian FC. During this cup run they have scored 18 goals and conceded 2. Barking Whites (partnership club Barking FC) in the National Alliance League have started strong and accumulated 3 wins and 1 draw from their first 4 league games in which they are aiming to retain the league title.
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  • Barking Abbey Girls - September - October 2023
    12 Nov 2023

    Abbey U21’s Women have started the season strongly and are unbeaten so far with 5 wins and 2 draws in all competitions, scoring 22 goals and conceding 5. Currently sitting 2nd in the league and sit top of their group, having already qualified to the knockout stages of the cup, Abbey are looking forward to a busy period leading up to Christmas. Coach Mike Lowne had this to say on the team’s good start to the season, ‘The girls have started the season well and I am looking forward to seeing them improve as we go on. There is a great team spirit, they are a competitive group that work hard to improve and have good personalities.
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  • National Alliance U19 Youth League Division E Champions
    21 Jun 2023

    Barking Abbey Boys Football Academy were crowned National Alliance U19 Youth League Division E Champions after a last game shoot out against National league rivals Eastleigh Town. Abbey took on their title contenders at home in the last game of the season with both teams on 58 points! Abbey had to beat Eastleigh as a draw would have been insufficient as Eastleigh had a superior goal difference. Abbey started brightly and demonstrated a desire to take the game to Eastleigh.
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  • Girls Football Academy play National Final at the home of championship club Queens Park Rangers FC
    19 May 2023

    The Girls Academy finished off a hard season with a memorable day by representing the school and its Football Academy programme in the National Youth league Trophy final against a strong Arsenal Oaklands side. Abbey’s confidence was high after a string of good results. The game proved to be an end-to-end game, within two minutes there were two early goals! Arsenal Oaklands struck in the 2nd Minute, when their strikers combined well to open the Abbey back line, before Arsenal’s No 9 striker slotted the ball under Abbey goalkeeper Garwood.
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  • Abbey Academy Boys March into Quarters-Finals of the National Cup after beating Brentford CST
    27 Jan 2023

    Zolani Dlodlo’s brilliant solo display helped Abbey cruise into the quarters of the National League cup against a strong Brentford side that fielded 6 professional scholars. Abbey started brightly when Dlodlo smashed home a left screamer from 25 yards. Finlay Dorrell made it 2-0 when he slotted home from close range. Brentford responded well and equalised to make it 2-1 at half- time.
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  • Three Barking Abbey student athletes sign professional contracts
    18 Oct 2022

    An incredible season ended in 3 of our young student athletes signing for 3 different professional clubs. Jack Turner Abbey Defender Jack Turner signs one-year deal with recently relegated premier league club Burnley football club Essex-born Turner had captained Abbey at youth level including against Southend United in the FA Youth Cup last term. Now having officially joined the Club, Turner said: “I’m delighted to be signing for a big Club like Burnley, one which has fantastic facilities and staff to help me develop. “Having got to know all of the lads around the place over the last couple of weeks, I’m looking forward to working hard now, and improving every day.” Jack still managed to crucially complete his BTEC Sport and A-level Business education at Barking Abbey Before Moving into his passion of becoming a full-time professional footballer.
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  • National team call up
    10 Jun 2022

    Barking Abbey Football Academy can celebrate another National team call up, as student-athlete Adrijus Lapacinskas is called up to represent Lithuania at U19 National level in their first game that resulted in a 0-0 draw against Finland. We wish Adrijus and the team the best of luck for tomorrow's match as Lithuania U19's take on Latvia! 
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  • Football academy student-athlete makes his senior international debut
    06 Jun 2022

    A huge congratulations to Abbey Year 13 student-athlete Kymani Nelson on making his senior international debut for Montserrat against Guyana in the Concacaf Nations league match. Kymani produced a fine display of shot stopping as he made a string of saves late on in the game. Director of the Boys football academy Carl Emberson said: “What a great experience for Kymani, we are all delighted for him. He has shown a tremendous attitude as a student-athlete at Abbey.
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  • Abbey Academy boys lose cup final penalty shoot out
    12 May 2022

    Barking Abbey 2-2 ShenField PENS 3-5 Barking Abbey development squad battled hard to try and retain the Coomer cup Trophy they won pre pandemic in 2019. Shenfield made it difficult by keeping everyone behind the ball and looking to counter-attack. The first half was more of a chess match with both teams trying to work a goalscoring opportunity, Shenfield getting the first real chance of the match where Callum McEvoy made a smart save in the 23rd minute. Minutes later Abbey had a shout for a penalty when Zolani Dlodlo burst clear only to be tumbled over from the on-rushing Shenfield Keeper!
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