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Newcastle young guns on brink of cup final.

April 16th, 2010 | 40 Comments |

Up for the cup?
Up for the cup?
The Under-18’s of Newcastle United are still in with a shout of winning the FA Youth Cup this season as they prepare for their semi-final second leg tonight against Aston Villa at St James’ Park.

With the scoreline poised at 1-1, our lads will be looking for some extra support from what is expected to be a decent crowd inside St James’s Park this evening as friends, family, colleagues and public combine to swell the crowd and drum up support for the boys.

Not much has been mentioned about the kids, and they have gone about the business of trying to be the first Newcastle youth side to make the cup final in 25 years very quietly indeed. They have had to get through more than their fair share of tricky away ties to get this far, and will play the Chelsea youth side in the final if they get through tonight. Right now they have a glorious chance to emulate the last side to do it, a side that featured players such as Paul Gascoigne and Kevin Scott, and will be hopeful that victory tonight could catapult their careers and help them improve further. (more…)

Can youngster emulate Gazza’s glory?

February 26th, 2010 | 33 Comments |

Up for the cup?
Up for the cup?
It’s 25 years since Paul Gascoigne led the Newcastle United youth side to cup success over Watford, running out 4-1 winners on the day. The side included the likes of Ian Bogie, Gary Kelly, Brian Tinnion, Kevin Scott, Jeff Wrightson, Paul Stephenson, and Joe Allon, all of whom went on to play for the first team. That success followed almost 25 years on from the only other previous FA Youth Cup win 1962, when we beat Wolves 2-1.

And the current ‘kids of the future’, are on course to carry on the pattern after defeating Crystal Palace 4-1 at St James’ last night. With home advantage for the first time on the competition, the youngsters proved to be the better side on the night and the crucial goals came from Conor Newton, Samuel Adjei, Phil Airey and Sammy Ameobi. At the other end, Jak Alnwick kept his side on course for a two-legged Semi- Final against either Fulham or Aston Villa, with a crucial penalty save.

Newcastle took the lead after 24 minutes and an otherwise even affair, Conor Newton getting the faintest of touches from Samuel Adjei’s free-kick, and only belatedly being accredited with the goal. It was the provider who turned finisher, when Adjei made it 2-0 only three minutes later, picking up a loose ball and lifting a lovely lob over the stranded keeper. (more…)