Two Newcastle Youngsters in Northern Ireland U19 Side

Newcastle Academy youngsters Paddy McLaughlin and Michael McCrudden, have both been called up to the Northern Ireland Under-19s squad for two friendlies this month.

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Patrick McLaughlin – called up for Northern Ireland U19

Midfielder McLaughlin and striker McCrudden, who are both 18, are in the squad for two games in Malta on Monday September 14th and Wednesday the 16th.

It’s a first Under-19 call-up for McLaughlin, who has already been captain of  the Northern Ireland U17 side, and played 20 times for them, while McCrudden receives his second under-19 call-up.  Michael made his debut a year ago for the U19 side against Iceland.

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Michael McCrudden – second U19 call up

The friendlies are the last games before manager Steve Beaglehole takes the under-19s into a hectic October, with  European Championship qualifying matches against Bulgaria, Iceland and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Academy Director Richard Money and his staff are continuing to bring some good lads through the youth system, and it’s important because after all, it’s the future of the club.

Let’s hope the lads do well – and we’ll track how they do.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Why not call the Academy ‘the Sir Bobby Robson Academy’ as he did so much to encourage getting the club’s youth structure on track after years in the doldrums before he came?

  • Bill F

    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2

    You are calling them youngsters Ed but they could easily be first teamers before long given the player deficit we have. They may have to become “adult” players very quickly. 🙁

  • lesh

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Jinky, that’s one hell of an idea. You thought it a good un and I’m sure many others’d support your proposal, but whether it appeals to MA et al or not’s another matter.

    It’s one worth promoting as a tribute to the greta man’s memory.

  • simon376@work

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m with you there Jinky, Renaming the East Stand would be good, but naming the Academy after Sir Bob would be out of this World. It would be a case of future generations (I hope) of our stars to be coming through an academy named after ther great man

  • qemin

    Sep 2, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #5

    jinky, you really are a genius.
    I’m with you.
    If we have to, I’m willing to join the petition to make it happen.


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