It’s not beyond the the realm of possibility that Newcastle win both the Coca Cola Championship, and the FA Youth Cup this season.
Joe Joyce – Newcastle Youth Team Manager
Newcastle will play Aston Villa in the remaining semi-final of the FA Youth cup next month over two legs.
The other semi-final is already over, with Chelsea easily beating Blackburn Rovers over the two-legged tie. Chelsea beat Blackburn 1-0 away and pummeled them 4-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.
Chelsea are favorites to take the title, but Newcastle can get to the final by beating Villa, and then anything is possible for the Newcastle youngsters, who seem to be able to rise top the occasion.
The Newcastle U18 side will not play the first leg until Thursday, April 8th when the lads travel to Villa Park for the first leg. The return tie, which will be played at St. James’ Park will take place on Friday, April 16th. Both game will have a 7:00 pm kick-off time.
Newcastle were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at home by Crew Alexandra last Saturday, and that was our first defeat this year, but on Tuesday the lads were back to their winning ways by beating Sheffield Wednesday at home 3-1. The lads are at Wolverhampton today in a game that kicks off at 1:00pm.
Newcastle have previously won the FA Youth Cup in 1962 and 1985.
Chelsea have won the Youth cup twice, but way back in 1960 and 1961, the two years before Newcastle first won the trophy.
Players like Terry Venables , who played in both finals, and goalkeeper Peter Bonetti who played in the 1960 final, were in their team at that time. Chelsea beat Preston North End 5-2 on aggregate in 1960 and Everton 5-3 on aggregate the following year.
By the time the FA Youth Cup semi-final comes around in April, Newcastle may have already nailed down promotion, so it would be a wonderful double if the youngsters can then win the FA Youth Cup.
Indeed if Newcastle win their next three games against Forest (H), Peterborough (A) and Sheffield United (H) they will be automatically promoted, and those games take place before the first leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final on April 8th.
That would then be some season for the Newcastle club and bode well for the future.