Norwich City win FA Youth Cup – Skipper revels in celebrations at his boyhood club
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Cameron McGeehan used to be a ball boy at Stamford Bridge – but last night the Norwich City Under-18 was lifting the FA Youth Cup after a stunning night for the club's youngsters.
With a slender first-leg lead and going a goal down early on to Chelsea, the Canaries' three-goal salvo tied up the silverware 30 years after the club's last win in the competition.
And they did it in style as Adam Nditi's own goal, McGeehan's penalty and Josh Murphy's finish to a wonderful move underlined a performance every one of the 3,000 vocal City fans in west London revelled in.
'It all started against QPR at home on a grotty night at Carrow Road, and we've gradually earned our way through the competition and now we've won it at Stamford Bridge, one of the best stadiums in Europe and beaten one of the best teams in the country – so we're all delighted in there and we will celebrate it as much as we can,' said McGeehan, whose injury-time penalty had given City a first-leg lead from Carrow Road.
'We are so appreciative to the fans. They were absolutely fantastic again and they really helped us in this tournament and made it happen for us.'
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While every member of Neil Adams' squad may have dreamed about last night's glory, McGeehan's was probably most vivid given he grew up a Blues fan and cost them £50,000 as a 10-year-old when he signed from Fulham – before being released four years later and heading to Norwich.
'It is just unbelievable,' added the City skipper. 'It was about the whole team ethic today, but on a personal note I just can't put it into words how happy I am.
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'I used to sit behind that goal, I was a ball boy every Premier League game. Every Champions League game I was here. But now I'm at a different level in my career now and I'd just love to play as well as I can for Norwich.
'And this is an amazing achievement to take the cup back to Carrow Road.'