Norwich City youngsters one step away from historic clash

Celebrations from Norwich City's FA Youth Cup win over Millwall. Celebrations from Norwich City's FA Youth Cup win over Millwall.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
10:17 AM

Norwich City Under-18s have the chance to book an FA Youth Cup quarter-final trip to Everton – exactly 30 years after the two clubs’ epic meeting in the final of the same competition.

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Neil Adams’ young Canaries face Birmingham City in the fifth round at Carrow Road next Tuesday (7pm), with an away tie against the Toffees in the last eight awaiting the winners.

It was back in 1983 that Dave Stringer’s City team beat Everton in a memorable FA Youth Cup final that went to three matches.

After winning the first leg 3-2 at Carrow Road, the Canaries were beaten 3-2 at Goodison Park in the return leg.

A 5-5 aggregate score meant a replay, which was played at Goodison on the toss of a coin, but City won 1-0 in front of a crowd of 20,652 with a second-half goal from Paul Clayton.

The three matches were watched by a total of more than 46,000 fans.

It completed a golden season for Stringer’s team, with the South East Counties League title giving them a notable double.

Everton booked their place in this year’s quarter-finals with a 4-2 victory over Arsenal at Barnet’s Underhill ground on Monday night, with goals from Matthew Pennington, Chris Long, Conor Grant and Harry Charsley.

It means Adams could pit his wits against his former Goodison team-mate, Kevin Sheedy, who coaches Everton’s youth team, but only if City dispose of Birmingham.

After two Harry Toffolo goals gave the Canaries a 2-1 win over Millwall in round four at Carrow Road, Adams was not thinking further ahead than the Birmingham tie.

He said: “It really is the case that we’re not looking beyond the next game. It’s fantastic we’re in the last 16. The target now is the quarter-final.

“Whatever happens, if and when we get there we’ll deal with that, but it would be disrespectful to Birmingham to look beyond them. I am sure they will come here fancying their chances as much as any team will at this stage of the competition.

“We’ll prepare thoroughly for that, hopefully if and when we get through that we’ll look at the next round but that’s furthest from my mind at the minute.”

Birmingham reached the last 16 with a 1-0 home win over Bristol Rovers.

Tickets for Tuesday’s game are £2 each, available from the Carrow Road ticket office and official stores at Chapelfield or The Mall or by calling 0844 826 1902.

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13 comments

  • Btw, at least the non-glamorous topics are `Steady On free zones`. So far.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Hear, hear!, mjc75.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Now my response has been spirited away to god knows where , Archant sort it out !

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Just turned the tv over to the Milan v Barca game , what on earth are Barca wearing and who thought that was a good idea ? As for the Bovril , just had some and I feel so much better , and I have no problem with the old man reference my sprightly friend .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Some success like this would be a great boost for the lads, and for the the Academy generally. Go for it!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I`ll drink a mug of Bovril to that mjc75, after I`ve renewed my Fixodent. The person, of unspecified gender, who so loves to berate `old` people, happily has no interest at all in the young footballers. This is indeed a blessing, old man. (I don`t mean old literally-honest!). Just off to grease the stairlift so I can get upstairs to my walk-in bath, prior to applying the haemorrhoid gel. Life can be a pain in the a**e sometimes!! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • Agree, mjc. In the long term, football needs to get back closer to being a sport rather than just a media-hyped money machine. Scant hope, methinks. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • I think watching the kids play , and some of these boys really know how to play , is both entertaining and enjoyable . The desire and hunger is full on for 90 mins , really worthwhile . Good luck boys , all the way or not you've done us proud .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • It would seem that the girl who is concentrating on supporting the team doesn't have any interest in our youth team , praise The Lord for that small act of mercy .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • There`s no rhyme nor reason to these boards, mjc. I tried to ask alan clark to explain what "mugged off" means on another board. 2 attempts disappeared without trace (so far) then a short post with no content got thro`. I put it down more to incompetence than malice. I think.... Or should I just take it as a mugging off??

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • With all the rubbish on tv these days it would be nice if the QF games at this level were shown live , whether the boys are still in it or not . The next generation could do with the exposure and experience , plus it would be good to watch . Better than eastenders anyway .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • How on earth is a post about the hideous away strip being worn by Barcelona in any way offensive , unlike the away strip currently being worn by Barcelona ?

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

  • And yet that gets through ???

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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