“From Kids to Champions” – Seasider Salon with author Jonny Brick

Clevedon Town Football Club are bringing the history of the FA Youth Cup to Clevedon this month, when author Jonny Brick is the guest at their next Seasider Salon on Tuesday 28th March at The Consti Club in the town centre.


The FA Youth Cup has showcased young talent since 1952, including Sir Matt Busby’s legendary ‘Babes’. The likes of Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Millwall have lit up the tournament with superstar sides. The FA Youth Cup star machine famously came to Clevedon Town in December 2018 when their Under 18’s were drawn against Manchester City in the fourth round of the competition, resulting in a crowd of over 1500 at The Hand Stadium. The line-up included Dutch international Jeremy Frimpong (now at Beyer Leverkusen), Taylor Richards (now at Brighton & Hove Albion) and D’Margio Wright-Phillips (now at Stoke City).

London-based author Jonny Brick’s detailed history of the competition, published by specialist sport press Pitch Publishing, examines what it takes to turn a talented kid into a champion, with player recollections from the past 70 years, and looking at what our young local football talents can learn from their experience. In the case of Clevedon Town, some 16 members of their current First Team squad have progressed through from Under 18 level while First Team manager Alex White was Under 18’s manager at the time of the Manchester City visit.

Jonny Brick is also the founder of the Football Library, a project that promotes football literature. He published an e-book, A Modern Guide to Modern Football, in 2020. A Watford fan, Jonny has written for publications such as FourFourTwo, Our Football League and Late Tackle, as well as online portals such as My Football Books.

The event starts at 7.30pm and you can reserve your free ticket via Eventbrite here:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-kids-to-champions-seasider-salon-with-author-jonny-brick-tickets-576277139437