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Waddington Wins Severn Sport Award  - 14 April

It was announced on Saturday that Jacob Waddington had won Severn Sport’s annual award for young players. Shortwood United would like to congratulate Jacob on his award and for his performances for Shortwood in recent months.

Writes Shortwood United club Secretary James (Jim) Cunneen

The curtailment of the season has meant that Jacob’s appearance in the ‘ESFA National Inter County Trophy’ Cup Final for Gloucestershire, at Stoke City’s Bet 365 stadium next month has been put on hold though the Esfa have indicated their intention to play this game when conditions permit. Let’s hope that this is the case.

In the earlier rounds of the competition Gloucestershire beat Birmingham FA (1-0), Kent FA (0-0 pens) and Essex FA (3-0) to reach the final. He says it is so exciting that a county which isn’t viewed as a big footballing area has beat three very strong footballing areas to reach the final and cause upsets! The Kent game was a real test of character to go through 120 mins against a very good side without conceding and then holding our nerve on penalties.

In the Final they were due to play Staffordshire who beat the current holders Lancashire 2-1 so he was expecting a really tough game.He was so excited to play at the stadium-biggest ground he’ll have played in. He plays as a Left Wing Back which is physically demanding, but also allows him to get further forward, which he enjoys.

Jacob played for Forest Green from U12s to U18s and he was called up to the U18s team at 15! He played 110 minutes in the FA Youth Cup first round proper against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium aged 15 his biggest footballing achievement to date. He joined Slimbridge in 2018 and made first team debut at 16 and played about 10 games for them.

Jacob is currently at Hartpury College and has worked my way up to the first team and up until football ended was pushing to become national U19 league and cup champions. He is hoping to go to Hartpury University in September this year.

Jacob signed for Shortwood in January this year and he has impressed everybody at the club with his work rate and speed about the pitch. Jason Scrivens, one of Shortwood’s co-managers this season, says “For a player of his age and making the transition in to men’s football Jacob certainly plays above his age. He has a fantastic attitude both on and off the pitch, has a great awareness of the game and is very strong for such a young player. He has played a vital part in the 13 Games he has played for us, and it has been a pleasure working with him and I sincerely hope he will come back as he has a great future at Shortwood and should be a role model for other young players. Well done Jacob on your award.”

Mat Blythe (co-manager) says “Since Joining us at Shortwood Jacob has been a pleasure to manage and become a very popular member of the squad. He’s got a great attitude and his performances have got better and better the more he’s settled in. The transition from U18’s into the senior game isn’t always an easy one but Jacob has all the tools to do very well. It’s great he’s been recognised by Severn Sport with his award. Everyone at the club is delighted for him and we will continue to support and encourage his development into next season. Well done Jacob.”

Severn Sport’s article for this award reads:

‘The three players up for this award were chosen for performing both for U18s sides and also for their Men’s side. The three men chosen for the award were Longlevens & Slimbridge U18s defender George Callinan, Tuffley Rovers & U18s forward Niall Priday and Slimbridge/U18s & Shortwood United full back Jacob Waddington. The three players have performed consistently for their respective U18s sides and are already making inroads to paving a great career in Men’s football.

The industrious left back has been a consistent performer in the two seasons he has been involved with Slimbridge U18s and has turned into one of the best full backs we have seen during the season at Severn Sport.
Throughout the expunged 2019/20 season Waddington turned out for Shortwood United and their Development side, including a midweek where we saw Waddington play 90 minutes for Slimbridge U18s on the Monday night and then went and played another 90 minutes the next night, for Shortwood United. He has an incredible workrate and dedication for someone so young!’

Congratulations to Jacob and all the best for the future from everybody at the ‘Wood.’

Jim Cunneen