hollowsr Posted August 19, 2010 Share Posted August 19, 2010 After 14 weeks off (School Holiday's these days ) the youth team get back to action this weekend. After starting off the season extremely promising the league form fell away after Christmas with FA Youth Cup taking priority and the U16's starting to make a step up. The lads ended up finishing 7th in their group on the same number of points as Manchester City and also lets not forget the magnificent run to the FA Youth Cup Semi Finals against Chelsea with wins against Everton and Man Utd included on the run. That team included Phil Jones for some games as well as Grant Hanley so others will be looking to make the same step up this season. The squad could be very similar again this year with many players still eligible to play but I expect many to play more for the Reserves this season with last season's U16's making the step up. On the Official Site there are 12 players who played for the U16's last season included in the squad, all of whom played in at least 1 match for the U18's last year, this not including Robbie Cotton who has come to the fore this Pre-Season for the reserves. The squad for this season: Goalkeepers: Matt Urwin Chris Dillow (U16 I think but played against Rangers in pre-season which I saw) Defenders: Dami Ajagbe (FB) Alex Billington (LB) Ryan Edwards (CB) Raheem Hanley (RB) Adam Henley (LB) Will James (CB) Cameron Lindsay (Almost anywhere to be honest including Midfield) Anthony O'Connor (CB) Andy Parry (CB/DM) Matthew Pearson (CB) Peter Wylie (RB/CB) Midfielders: Jason Banton (Winger/CF) Jordan Bowen (CM, not been seen in a while though, may have left was at Derby on trial) Micah Evans (Winger) Jadan Hall (Winger) Reece Hands (CM) James Knowles (CM) Tom Murray (CM) Filip Pivkovski (Winger) John Todd (Formerly John O'Sullivan- Winger/CM possibly also) Strikers: Tom Hitchcock (CF) Jamie Maclaren (CF/Winger) Osayamen Osawe (CF/Winger) Besnik Rustemaj (CF) Toni Vastic (CF/Winger) The kids kick off the season away at Charlton this Saturday before playing Aston Villa at home the weekend after in what should be a good game with two teams with good Academies. The last game of the season is currently scheduled to be on the 30 April but with the likely re-arranged games for different reasons this could change. So if you want to see the Next Generation of Kids coming through in a lovely setting down at Brockhall, in the rain and with at times horrendous officials then get up on Saturday mornings for 11 O'clock kick offs (I'm not selling this well am I?? ) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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