Chief Executive Discusses October
In the third installment of a monthly column, Blackpool Chief Executive Alex Cowdy discusses a meeting with the EFL's Chairman, young, home-grown players and recent international call-ups.
I welcomed EFL Chairman Ian Lenagan to the club to discuss the Whole Game Solution proposal (since scrapped) in October, as well as the recently revamped Checkatrade Trophy, and EFL Futures. EFL Futures provides an incentive for clubs to promote home grown players from their academies into the first-team, with each EFL club providing starting opportunities to home grown players under the age of 21 in league fixtures being financially rewarded by the EFL as part of the scheme.
On the subject of young, home grown players, it was great to see Myles Boney make his league debut against Cambridge United, albeit in disappointing circumstances, coming on for injured goalkeeper Dean Lyness. As an 18-year-old being thrown into the action without notice, I thought Myles acquitted himself extremely well.
Our performance levels remained good throughout the month and but for a number of decisions going against us, we could well have ended up with more points on the board. The players are continuing to gel as a group, and producing exciting attacking performances, none more so than the 4-2 win against Doncaster Rovers. Long may it continue. Meanwhile, Macauley Wilson completed a successful loan spell at Bamber Bridge, while Luke Higham headed out to spend a month at Nuneaton Town.
The October international break saw call ups for Henry Cameron to New Zealand and Rowan Roache to the Republic of Ireland Under-17s. Henry headed to the USA for two friendlies against USA and Mexico, while Rowan competed against Kazahkstan and Andorra in UEFA Europoean U-17 Qualifying action, notching two goals in a 5-1 defeat of the latter.
Away from the pitch, The Community Trust completed its NCS Autumn programme, which had a 100 per cent turn up and 90 young people, aged 16 and 17, went away on residential trips and completed social action projects. In addition, 42 students enrolled for the BTEC full-time education programme and 20 completed foundation degrees.