Yes, its excellent news. Dartford are chosen by the FA to host the England C team v Turkey B in the The International Challenge Trophy on 5 February. England C team comprise non-league players, a sort of international for non-league football. A biggie for Dartford. Looking forward to this.
Paul Fairclough’s side progressed to the last four in the competition and England C claimed their place in the International Challenge Trophy without even kicking a ball.
With Italy needing to beat Russia to pip Paul Fairclough’s team to a semi-final place, they came up short with a 1-1 draw in Frosinone.
So, despite remaining unbeaten in their three Group A fixtures, Italy finished a point behind England and miss out on progress.
England now face a tough last-four match with a strong Turkey B side, although they will have home advantage when the teams meet in the new year. Group A winners Russia face Norway in the other game.
The FA has confirmed that the International Challenge Trophy Semi Final between England C and Turkey B will take place at Dartford FC’s Princes Park on Tuesday 5 February 2013.
Manager Paul Fairclough is eagerly looking forward to the challenge after successfully guiding the Three Lions through the group stage, which featured games against Italy, Russia and Belgium.
And he knows that it will be a tough task for his squad, selected from players under the age of 23 below the Football League structure.
Dartford FC Co-Chairman Bill Archer said:
“We are delighted to be hosting this fantastic fixture and I know that everyone at Princes Park will pull out all the stops to make it an evening to remember.
“We have a modern, family friendly set-up here at Princes Park which makes it an ideal showcase for big games and we are thrilled to be hosting our first international. Our town has fallen back in love with football since we opened our new stadium and I know there will be a huge demand from local people to see England take on Turkey.
“We are especially grateful to The FA for giving us the opportunity to host this prestigious match and to contribute to this wonderful competition. We will repay their confidence by being great hosts. “
Admission for the game will be free, although tickets will be issued by the club. Ticketing arrangements will be announced in the new year.
The Squad (for the last encounter) comprised:
Preston Edwards (Ebbsfleet United)
Paul Farman (Lincoln City)
Greg Taylor (Tamworth)
Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town)
Jamie Turley, Eddie Oshodi, Matthew Taylor and Kieron Forbes (all Forest Green Rovers)
Simon Ainge (Luton Town)
Lindon Mielkle (Mansfield Town)
Josh Gilles (Gateshead)
James Vincent and Adam Watkins (both Kidderminster Harriers)
Scott Spencer (Hyde)
Andre Gray (Luton Town)
Josh Wilson (Guiseley)
Dartford don’t have any players in the squad, but it seems that is probably more down to age requirements than playing ability.