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NATIONAL GAME X1 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT

[Wayne Brown]Whilst Sven Goran Eriksson and David Platt put the final touches to their preparations for this Summer's World Cup and U-21 European Championship Finals, another England Manager will be seeking to win a Tournament a bit closer to home.

Masterminded by Greg Fee, F.A. National League Systems Manager and Mike Appleby, F.A. Leagues Development Manager, the 'Four Nations Tournament' will return to the football calendar between Tuesday 14th and Saturday 18th May 2002 at Boston United and Kettering Town.

This summer's Four Nations Tournament will feature England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, with three games each to be played at York Street and Rockingham Road.

John Owens' side, undefeated in eleven internationals now play under their new name, first introduced in their 2-1 win over the USA at Stevenage Borough on 20th March.

In 1979 an 'England Semi-Professional Team' was formed for the first time, with an inaugural international Four-Nation Tournament hosted by England at Stafford and Northwich. The tournament was staged on a knockout basis and featured Holland (amateurs), Italy (Serie C U-21's) and Scotland (Semi-Pro).

These tournaments ended in 1987, since when the England side have been reduced to playing two or three friendly internationals per season.

The match schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 14th May – 7.30pm Kick-Off
England v Wales – Boston United
Scotland v Rep. of Ireland – Kettering Town

Thursday 16th May – 7.30pm Kick-Off
England v Rep. of Ireland – Boston United
Scotland v Wales – Kettering Town

Saturday 18th May – 2pm Kick-Off
Wales v Rep. of Ireland – Boston United
England v Scotland – Kettering Town

Ticket Prices are as follows:
Adults and Children – Seated – £8 Adults – Terrace – £6 Children – Terrace – £2
Family Tickets will also be available for each match, available only in the Stands for £20 for 2 Adults and 2 Children, a saving of £12.

For further Ticket Information, please contact Boston United FC on 01205 364 403, and Kettering Town FC on 01536 483 028.

England National Game XI
The name explained: In July 2000, The National Game Division was created at The F.A. to lead the development and investment of English grassroots football under the leadership of Director Steve Parkin – In order to reflect the changes at The F.A. and the movement of many Conference clubs towards full-time status, the 'England National Game XI' replaced the former 'England Semi-Pro' moniker, with the team representing the pinnacle of the National Game.

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