Collingham under-18s celebrate quadruple win with special fixture against German side Ravensburg RV
An under-18s team toured Germany to celebrate a record-breaking season.
Collingham’s under-18s, who won every competition they entered (four) in the 2018-19 season, celebrated their remarkable campaign with a fixture against German league champions Ravensburg RV under-19s.
The trip was used to celebrate their time together, with most players stepping into men’s football or leaving the area for university.
Manager Dean Hyde said: “The boys had a great time, although we lost 4-1.
“Ravensburg RV were a great footballing side and we unfortunately only had 12 players so we did not travel with our strongest squad.”
Not only did Hyde’s youth team compete against heat of more than 30°, but they faced the youth team of a step five team, in the their 7,000 seater stadium.
He said the stadium experience was great and described the opposition as a professional side, but was not happy with the standard of refereeing, which he claimed to have played a role in two controversial goals.
But despite the loss, the trip was used as a send off for players, who had been together for most of their football careers.
Hyde said: “The majority have been with me since under-six in the Midlands Youth League.
“At under-16 we wanted a new challenge and we joined the Lincolnshire Intermediate League.
“There were big clubs in that division, we played the youth teams of clubs in step four, five and six.
In Collingham’s first year they finished as runners-up in both the league and cup.
“We did better than we expected to say we were an under-17 team playing in an under-18s league,” he said.
“Last season we wanted to go one better, but we knew it would be hard because the league shuffled around.
“It got much tougher and there were a couple of step-four sides, which is a huge gap when you look at our first team (step seven).
“But, the lads were brilliant throughout.
“We made hard work of what we did, but we did it and that’s what mattered at the end of the season.
“To win the quintuple was great. I’ve never heard of it before and I don’t think it will ever be done again.”
Further individual achievements came the way of Collingham’s young stars as county scouts picked up on their great performances.
Six or seven have been tipped to feature in Collingham's first team squad next season.