City U18s Reach Youth Cup Final - three years after Belgium win
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:25

Our congratulations go to the Norwich City Under-18 squad who last night reached the FA Youth Cup Final with an exciting penalty shoot-out win against Nottingham Forest.

The match has been well documented both in the local media and the clubs own website. Here we take an alternative look at just how the team spirit demonstrated last night has built up over the years.

Almost three years ago FONCY had the pleasure of financially supporting and also accompanying an Under-15s squad to an International Youth Tournament in Aalst, Belgium.

Of the travelling squad in 2010, nine were on show last night in the Semi-final. Current captain Cameron McGeehan had just joined the Academy from Chelsea and was getting to know his new teammates on this first trip with Norwich. The Murphy brothers both had a good tournament with Josh opening the scoring in the final against ADO Den Haag with a dream of a goal. Reece Hall-Johnson, another star of last night, was voted player of the tournament in a familiar midfield role.

The team went on to win the final of that tournament in Belgium 3-0 and didn’t concede a goal in the tournament. Three years on, they are demonstrating similar success and conviction at in the Youth Cup.

For a full report and photos of the tournament in Aalst, click here

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