During the Easter holiday the Ormers made their way to the Potteries to contest the Stoke International Cup, which was played at the top class facilities of Keele University. On paper it looked like a tough assignment for the squad as they were drawn to play against Stoke City Academy, a Stoke City Development side, Honved (a Norwegian Academy) and Celtic from Northern Ireland.
Over 3 days and on heavy pitches saturated by heavy rain the boys played some sensational football, particularly in the first three games. The initial game looked to be a daunting challenge against the physically imposing Stoke City Academy. However the boys settled down very quickly and produced a fluid display of fine football. It was particularly pleasing from a coaching perspective that the boys had taken on board the principles of an extensive training programme which focussed on the movement of players out of possession and their body shape to play forward. Ultimately this allowed the boys to play possession football, create overloads in dangerous areas of the pitch and create combinations which the opposition found difficult to counter. The Ormers ran out worthy winners 4 – 1.
Buoyed by their success in the first game the boys moved on to play against the Stoke City Development side. Once again the players performed outstandingly well against a newly formed team who were struggling to cope with the movement and speed of the Ormers. Once again a fantastic team performance saw the boys secure a convincing 12 – 1 victory. At the end of day 1 the Ormers topped the group.
The second day of competition saw no let up in the dreary weather, However the Ormers illuminated the gloom as they continued to play highly entertaining football. The first challenege of the day was against the Norwegian Academy, Honved. Once again the opposition were physically imposing. To add to the occassion the Norwegians arrived with a colourful and nosiy band of supporters who made themselves heard throughout the initial stages. Drawing upon the encouragement and belief from their earlier performances the Ormers set about silencing the 'away' fans. This they did, with some of the best football of the tournament, romping to a 5 - 1 half time lead including a sblime team goal that raced from one end of the pitch to the other, culminating in a one touch finish. The heavy clay pitch played its part in the second half as the Ormers began to tire, However they were able to hold and record a 5 - 3 victory.
The final game of the tounament pitched the Ormers against Celtic , a hugely entusiastic group of plaers from Northern Ireland. Needing just a draw to win the tournament, the tiring Ormers stuck to their task admirably and ground out a 1 - 1 draw. Having played 4 games, with 3 wins, a draw, scoring 22 goals and conceding 6, the Ormer Football Academy won the first Stoke City International Cup!