June 21 2016 21:45:45.
By Keith Long
- Former Beechfield United Player Signs For Everton
Salford keeper Chris Renshaw, 18, signs for Everton
New Everton manager Ronald Koeman has swooped for promising 18-year-old keeper Chris Renshaw, the Premier League club report today.
Salford-born Renshaw, who played his junior football until Under 11s with Swinton community club Beechfield United, joins the Toffees on a three-year deal.
The teenager took up a scholarship with Oldham Athletic after moving on from the Swinton club.
The Latics had offered Chris professional terms but he decided now was the right time to make the move up to the Premier League.
He said: “I would like to thank everyone at Oldham for the amazing 7 years I had there.
“I will always be grateful to the coaches who helped me develop throughout the years and I made some friends for life with the lads I spent my time with.”
He told Everton’s website he was excited for the challenge that lay ahead.
“I know about the record of how many players Everton have brought through the Academy.
“That interested me a lot because there seems to be a serious pathway to the first team.
“Every time we played friendlies at Everton, I always used to say the training ground and facilities would make this an amazing club to be at.
“This is a step up but I’m looking forward to it. For me, this year is a development stage, so it’s about trying to get that regular football in the Under-21s.”
Renshaw will now join Everton’s youth development squad ahead of the 2016-17 season.
Everton are still searching for a regular first-choice keeper after ex-Manchester United stopper Tim Howard left for America’s Major League Soccer with the Colorado Rapids.
Beechfield United secretary Keith Long praised the teenager for his commitment to the junior club and the skill he showed while learning his trade there.
“Chris is still in touch with our junior coaches,” said Keith, “and has been keeping us all in the loop.
“He has enormous talent and we have no doubt that one day he will be first-choice for Everton.”
This match report, dug out from the club’s archives in 2006, mentions a certain young shot-stopper picking up Man of the Match award.
It was no great surprise that the current Big Freeze forced the postponement of all fixtures scheduled for Beechfield United's Senior, Junior and Mini-Soccer team's. Therefore it is an ideal opportunity to delve into the Beechy Archives and review the details of the games played during the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 2006.
Beechfield United's 1st team left empty handed after their visit to Heywood to play Hooley Bridge Celtic in a Lancashire and Cheshire League Premier Division fixture. Throughout the contest United had more class and played the more attractive football but at the final whistle it was the home side who were celebrating a 2-0 victory thanks to a goal in each half. United's total committment and passion was a big feature of their game but despite dominating the match for long periods they failed to convert an abudance of clear cut chances. Candidate for the Man of the Match award Darren Bates was forced to leave the action at half time due to an injury. Leon Warmington was outstanding at the heart of midfield while Mike Gould on his return to the team following a lengthy absence gave a superb display on the right wing.
United's 2nd team moved into third place in the Division A table on goal difference thanks to a 4-1 home win over Stoconions FC. It wasn't one of United's best performances so far this season but they still outplayed Stoconions in a dull and tedious encounter. Goalscorers were Lee Harding (2) Martin Blackshaw and Simon Taylor.
In Division D the 3rd team hit top form and secured a comfortable 3-0 home victory against Old Stretfordians. All the goals which came in the first half were scored by Frank Parker, Matthew King and Philip Arnold. James Ballentyne was voted Man of the Match after his brilliant midfield performance.
The 4th team remain unbeaten in Division E after twelve games but they threw away a 2-0 lead in their home match with Old Ashtonians and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Jack Tierney got both goals in the first half but United looked a different team in the second period after injuries to key players forced a re-shuffle.
Beechfield United Under 7's Tornados produced a hard working performance in their home game with Irlam Vale. Ridley Cassidy was the team's Best Player.
Alfie Belcher, Jake Duffy, Jack Davies and Taylor Share scored the goals for the Under 7's Storm who were in action against Parkwyddn Juniors.
The Under 8's Hurricanes gave their best display so far this season at home to Urmston Panthers. Goalscorer was Mason P Williams.
After the cup game against Moorside Rangers the Under 8's Tornados Man of the Match Trophy was shared between Kondi Mututa and Lewis Massey.
For the second time in seven days the Under 8's Storm met Urmston Town Panthers. On target were Craig Davenport and Louis Holt.
A solo goal by Oliver Quinn was mere consolation for the Under 9's Storm who went down 4-1 at home following their cup tie with Middleton Red.
The Under 9's Tornados faced North Walkden for the second successive Saturday and the team's fought out a 0-0 draw with United's best football coming in the second half. Chris Renshaw put on a superb goalkeeping display and was joint Man of the Match with Matt Wood.
At home to Monton Amateurs the Under 10's Tornados gave a decent performance but sadly lost the match 4-0.
Joseph Crossley (5) and Ben Timmis fired in the goals for the Under 10's Storm who were easy 6-1 winners of their match at Moorside Rangers Green.
A gritty display by the Under 11's (9-a-side) team earned them a 2-2 draw with Benchill Celtic but at one stage United were 2-0 down. Joseph Crossley scored the goals.
Under 12's trailed 2-0 in their game with Heywood Rangers but recovered superbly to lead 3-2 at half time and eventually win the contest 5-2. On target were Matt Holloway (2) Jason Wood, Aaron Drummond and Andy Bolton.
In the City of Salford Soccer League the Under 13's suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Moorside Rangers Blue. Ryan Smyth and Lewis Payne shared the Man of the Match Award.
The Under 16's enjoyed a comfortable 4-2 win over Fletcher Moss in the Timperley and District Junior League. The best of the action occured within the first half and United were 4-1 up at the break. The goals came courtesy of Rob Lowe (2) and Luke Smith (2).