It was good to see such a great turn out last night at St. James’ Park for the FA Youth Cup quarter-final tie against reigning Champions Chelsea, and the lads gave a good account of themselves before Chelsea scored the first goals of the game in extra time, and won the game 3-0.
Adam Armstrong in action last night
With Dave Watson moving up to first team coaching duty to help out John Carver, Kevin Richardson is now the top Academy coach, and he was proud of the lads last night – they played well and could have even won the game with a late chance just before normal time was up.
This is what Kevin told the Chronicle last night after the game:
“I think all of the players deserve a hell of a lot of credit for their effort individually and collectively.” “I thought it was a fantastic effort.”
“We had a chance right at the end of 90 minutes and could have won it 1-0.” “You know what this game is like though.”
“It went to 3-0 and it was a shame because I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game.” “That will be a great experience for the lads to play in front of 11,000 people.”
“The lads have to act differently in front of a crowd like that.” “They had that to deal with, some players take it easily, others don’t.” “But I was delighted with their effort.”
“They went out and gave their all and that’s all you can do to be honest.” “They were down in the changing room but we will get them back in and start doing our work for Saturday at Wolves.
“I don’t think there will be 11,000 there! But this has been a great experience.”
The crowd of 11,664 was the biggest crowd to watch a youth game at St. James’ Park since back in 1962, which was the first year Newcastle won the trophy, with a young Bobby Moncur captaining the side.
That night the crowd was 20,558.
And the only other time we won the trophy was in 1985, when Paul Gascoigne was the Newcastle star – and 7.000 turned out, but those games were both the home legs of the final – while last night’s game was a quarter-final tie.
It was just a magnificent turn-out from the Geordie fans, and an excellent performance from the youngsters – who now know they matter a lot to Newcastle United – if they didn’t know that before the game.
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