Trubshaw Cross was the founding branch of Staffordshire Ladsandads football here in North Staffordshire. Doug Brown a sports physiotherapist and former Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent, came up with the idea of Ladsandads. Back in February 1967 football matches were organised mainly for the benefit of boys who had fewer opportunities to play the beautiful game, lads that didn’t make the school team had the opportunity to play football. Ladsandads football spread to other areas such as Blurton, Bentilee, Biddulph, Kidsgrove, Leek, Newcastle and Stoke. Over the years players such as Garth Crooks and the Chamberlain brothers have made the step up from Ladsandads football to become apprentices and then professionals at Football League clubs such as Stoke City and Port Vale. Scouts from Premier League and Football League Clubs regularly watch youth football at Trubshaw Cross Playing Fields. The North Staffs Junior Youth League was formed in 2003 to upgrade the football structure whilst maintaining Ladsandads principles and facilities.

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