The Newcastle U-18 side is in action in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup against Aston Villa at St. James’ Park tonight – 7:00pm kick off.
Jeff Henderson – Ashington-born Newcastle captain
Newcastle drew the first leg 1-1 at Villa Park, and looked the better side, and were a little disappointed they did not win the that game, after being 1-0 up.
But it’s all set up tonight for the youngsters to win the game, and go through to the final of the competition for the first time since 1985 when we won it 4-1 (aggregate score) against Watford, when Paul Gascoigne was the captain of the team.
We also won it back in 1962 when Bobby Moncur and David Craig were in the Newcastle side who beat Wolves 2-1 in the two legged final.
The official site of Newcastle United has put out a good article on the pen-pictures of the youngsters and here it is for those who want to know more about the players.
We have to think there are at least two players in the current Youth squad who will go on to be top players at Newcastle or elsewhere.
Chris Hughton has supported the youngsters big time this season, and is in constant communication with Academy manager Joe Joyce, and has rightly said what a great achievement it would be if the lads can reach the final, against Chelsea:
“It would be an outstanding achievement if the Academy team could make the final and it would make this season even more special,”
“They haven’t got to this stage the easy way and have had some very tough away ties.” “But they have earned the right to be there and I’m very much hoping they can make it through to the final.”
“It would speak volumes for the work they have done at Academy level if we were to achieve that.” “This club is already on a high from promotion but this would give us another massive lift.”
And the manager rightly comes out to say that tonight is a great time for Newcastle fans to turn out in big numbers to cheer the bairns on, who after all are the future of the Newcastle club:
“We are hoping as many fans as possible come down to St.James’ to cheer the lads on.”
“This is a great opportunity for them to see our young players and there are some very talented lads in that group.”
“Our support have been outstanding all season and so it would be nice if the young lads could experience that on Friday night.”
For those of you who can attend the game tonight it will be great if you can get to St. James’ Park and cheer on the youngsters, and since the senior players are in Newcastle right now, getting ready for their long trip to Plymouth we expect to see lots of them in attendance tonight, along with the complete coaching staff.
Howay The Lads!!