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Remember, remember the 5th of November. Not for the fireworks and bonfires, but because three students at the NPL Football Academy all made their first team debuts at three separate clubs!

Congratulations to Rhys Moseley (Radcliffe), Ethan Stubbs (Stafford Rangers) and Josh Satchwell (Mickleover Sports) for all making their first team debuts yesterday.

First to cause a bang on bonfire night was seventeen year-old Rhys Moseley, who came on in the 55th minute for Radcliffe in their Lancashire Cup fixture against AFC Darwen.

Moseley replaced Ben Wharton who was making his 250th appearance for the club and made an immediate impact, having a shot on target that was well saved by the keeper after being on the pitch for less than two minutes. Radcliffe went on to win the game 1-0.

Rhys becomes the 50th player from the NPL Football Academy to make their first-team debut and sixth overall.

Also, a massive well done to Stafford Rangers first year student Ethan Stubbs, who came on in the 53rd minute of Stafford’s 4-0 victory over Brocton in the Walsall Senior Cup.

The seventeen year-old becomes the 51st player from the NPL Football Academy and also the first ever Stafford Rangers student to make their first-team debut.

Next up to make their debut was Mickleover Sports’ Josh Satchwell, who came on as a 74th-minute substitute for Mickleover, replacing Durrell Berry. The seventeen year-olds appearance came in a 2-4 defeat to Long Eaton United in the DCFA Senior Challenge cup.

He becomes the 52nd player from the NPL Football Academy to make their first-team debut and the latest for Mickleover Sports since Jack Thatcher made his debut in April 2019.

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