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TOWN U18S AT HOME IN FA YOUTH CUP ON WEDNESDAY

9 December 2014

Come and watch the future stars of the Club in action!

Huddersfield Town’s Under-18 side begins its FA Youth Cup campaign at the John Smith’s Stadium on Wednesday evening when Crystal Palace visit in Third Round action.

The game will kick off at 7pm, with admission to the north end of the Direct Golf UK Stand Lower Tier priced at £4 adults and £2 concessions.

Managed by Lead Professional Development Coach Tony Carss’, Town’s youngsters come into the game with eight wins, three draws and three defeats from the opening 14 games of the season.

One of those draws came against Wednesday’s opponents Palace on the opening day of the Professional Development League 2 season – a thrilling 4-4 draw in London!

The FA Youth Cup is widely regarded as the most prestigious competition in Under-18 football and Town’s run in the competition last season was the best in the last 40 years for the Club. The side reached the quarter finals, defeating the likes of Manchester United and West Brom along the way, before a one-goal defeat to eventual finalists Fulham.

Tony told htafc.com that it would be great for the development of Town’s young players to see a crowd at the game:

“The Youth Cup is a special competition. I reached the semi-final as a young player and even after a full career as a professional player it still ranks as one of my most enjoyable playing memories. 

“In this competition you’re alongside lads you’ve known for a long time from being in college together and playing together every day; there’s a strong bond there. To compete in such a prestigious competition with your friends is fantastic.

“We had a great run last year and the players involved still talk about the home win over Manchester United now, in part because of how the crowd got behind the team. They weren’t accustomed to that sort of atmosphere and that’s something we need them to get used to, because eventually we want them to go on to play in front of 15,000-20,000 for our First Team. 

“We’ve prepared well for what will be a tough game against a good Crystal Palace side. We’ve had a good season so far - the players have improved a lot – and we want to carry our League form into Wednesday night. We want the lads to express themselves as they have been.”

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