Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

YOUTH TEAM: Proact to Host FA Youth Cup Game on Thursday

2 November 2016

Sponsored by

The youth team will be hosting Walsall in the first round of the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night (7pm) with all Spireites invited along to the match at the Proact.

After the youth side returned to winning ways in their 4-0 away win at Grimsby Town on Saturday, academy manager Mark Smith will be looking for his side will be looking for a second successive win. 

He said: “It’s on the big pitch under the lights so it’s always an occasion. We’ve done alright in previous season in the cup, we got to the fourth round a couple of season ago when we beat Aston Villa which is something we always think about because it shows what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.

“It will be a tough game against Walsall but the thing I feel is what the FA Youth Cup is about is how your players handle it. It’s something that’s away from the norm, it’s not a Saturday morning up at Clay Cross. It’s a Tuesday or Thursday night under the lights and on the main pitch with a few people watching, including the first team manager and first team staff, so it’s how the kids deal with that. 

"I’ve seen people get so worked up that they can’t get anything right but if we can get a few who can deal with it and not see it as too different to what we’re doing then I think we’ll be okay.

“Walsall are always renowned for having decent players and it’s a game we’re looking forward to - but it’s a slight trip into the unknown. I’m sure they’ll come with decent standards but I believe we have decent standards ourselves.

“We want to go as far as we can, with favourable draws you probably can go further. If you get one of the big boys in the third round you’ll probably go out, we’re realistic and we know we’re probably not going to win it but the players see it as a big deal and a chance to play on the main pitch.” 


All supporters are welcome to come along and support the young Spireites, with admission on matchday at the following prices and available on matchday only:

Adults: £3
Concessions: £2
Under 16s: £1

Advertisement block