A preview of fifth-round trip to WolverhamptonWolves U18 vs Reading U18
FA Youth Cup, fifth round
Friday 5th February 2016, 7pm
We have a double-header of meetings with Wolves this weekend – the Midland club’s senior side travel to Madejski Stadium for a Sky Bet Championship meeting on Saturday, but not before the two clubs’ Under-18s meet at Molineux on Friday evening (kick-off 7pm).
The prize for the winning team is a quarter-final spot in this year’s FA Youth Cup – and therefore a trip to either Chelsea of AFC Wimbledon, dependent on which of the two teams come out on top when they meet at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday 9th February.
The FA Youth Cup is a competition that Wanderers have something of a pedigree in. While the Wolves senior team of the 1950s was one of the strongest on the continent, their youth side wasn’t bad either – they reached the Youth Cup final in each of the first two tournaments, only for Manchester United to win 9-3 on aggregate in 1953 and then 5-4 over two legs in 1954.
Wolves were also beaten in the final in 1962 (2-1 on aggregate to Newcastle), and in 1976 (a 5-0 two-legged demolition by neighbours West Brom) – their one and only title win was in 1958, when they overturned a 5-1 deficit against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge by winning the Molineux return 6-1, taking a 7-6 aggregate win and the trophy.
That is all in the past though – and our latest crop of Under-18s will fancy their chances of taking victory at Wolves’ expense. David Dodds’ youngster have won eight of their last ten in all competitions – that included a 2-0 triumph against current league leaders Chelsea at Hogwood last time out.
It also includes Youth Cup wins against Sheffield United and Fulham – the Blades were seconds away from passage until Gabriel Osho forced extra-time with a late goal, allowing Josh Barrett and Danny Loader to seal a 3-1 win in the additional 30 minutes. It was the same scoreline in Reading’s favour on the trip to Motspur Park – Tyler Frost, Ryan East and Sam Smith got the goals as they again overturned a deficit.
Wolves also have a good record in their last ten games – seven wins in that period have included a 3-0 victory against MK Dons in the third round of the Youth Cup, a 5-0 victory against Met Police in the fourth round, and U18 Premier League wins when they hosted both Manchester United and Liverpool.
Want to come and get behind the boys once more as we try to book a place in the last eight? You can pay on the gate at Molineux – entry is £4 Adults and £1 Concessions, and your support for our Academy lads will be very welcome.