It was good to see some of the first team players at the FA Youth Cup quarter-final tie against Chelsea last night at St. James’ Park, and captain Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Ryan Taylor – recovering from the serious second serious ACL knee injury – were all there to cheer on the youngsters – and manager Alan Pardew was also at the gamne, after returning from his hearing at Wembley in London earlier in the day.
Dave Watson – impressed with Pardew
And after going ahead 2-1 at the half with goals from Olivier Kemen and Adam Armstrong, Chelsea came back strongly with two goals in the second half, to shade the tie by a score of 3-2, and they now will meet Arsenal in the semi-final.
Alan gave the youngsters a pep talk in the dressing room after the defeat, and it certainly seemed to impress Newcastle U18 coach Dave Watson, who had this to say in the local press today about the Newcastle manager:
“He’s absolutely fantastic with the kids,” “He’s given them an awful lot of praise.” “For a Premier League manager to come in and spend time with them is great.”
Bringing youngsters through the ranks is one of Newcastle’s major policies, and it’s also part of Alan’s job at Newcastle to encourage the kids, and hopefully bring them through into the first team squad.
And a measurement of how good Newcastle’s recruiting of youngsters is these days – is how we perform in the FA Youth Cup each season, and getting through to the quarter finals this year was very good.
It would also be just great if we can win the trophy for a third time, after Newcastle won it back in 1962 and then again in 1985.
Note: Owen Frost is running from Inverness to London for Cancer Research UK in memory of his mother, who unfortunately passed away in December. Owen starts at Inverness on 15th July and finishes in London on 6th August – please see if you can support Owen here.