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Big Match Preview: Stevenage U18s v Middlesbrough U18s

11 January 2018

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Everything you need to know ahead of tonight's FA Youth Cup clash...

  • Key Matchday Info...

Tickets are only £5 adults, £2 concessions (Over 60, Under 16) and available from the club shop or West Stand turnstiles on the night of the game.

Please note, only turnstiles 1-4 will be open (North side) and turnstile 21 (South side) will be CLOSED.

Wheelchair disabled supporters will be able to use the North Stand disabled bay.

Middlesbrough fans will also be seated in the West Stand.

The Club Shop is open right through until kick-off, all ticketing purchases can be made here.

Tea Bars will be OPEN and selling hot food and drink from inside the West Stand.

The Broadhall Suite will NOT be open for this evening's fixture.

Free parking is available across the A602 in Fairlands Valley car park. Please note not to park in the nearby retail parks.

There is NO shuttle bus service running tonight;

Any questions or queries? Please let us know and don't hesitate to ask.

  • Onto the game…

Following wins at Luton (1-2), Bromley (1-4) and Fleetwood (1-5), Stevenage's U18s are now ready to face their biggest game of the season so far.

Youth football has never been in a better place at Stevenage, with Academy graduates and scholars in the First Team and the U18s in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2012/2013.

The boys are coming into the game off a couple of defeats in the league, however, the team are going well overall, with 26 points from 18 games.

Middlesbrough compete in the Premier League U18s North, against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool who are all currently atop the pile.

As such, the Teesiders are on 11 points from 11 games and Middlesbrough have a rich history of bringing through youngsters and enjoying success in the FA Youth Cup.

Back in 2004 they won the competition with the likes of Lee Cattermole, David Wheater and James Morrison all in the team.

  • All the goals...
  • View from both camps...

U18s Head Coach, Jorden Gibson:

"It is the FA Youth Cup, everyone loves the competition. However, we have done what we have done every single round before and tried to prepare as if it was a league fixture and three points are up for grabs.

"There is a bit of added spice as it is an opposition that is coming down from a different league that we haven't faced before and from a different category so it should be an exciting tie.

"There has been quite a lot of interest so hopefully we will have a decent crowd there.

"The main thing I ask them to do is to just be themselves. We as a staff don't want them doing anything different and if they can do that, we will be pleased and proud regardless."

Middlesbrough U18s Head Coach, Mark Tinkler:

"We've had them watched and we know they are a very decent side."

"There's no doubt this will be a good test for the lads, Stevenage are very handy."

"No side should ever be underestimated, we know what Stevenage are capable of and there's no doubt we're going to have to be at our best.

"Whatever happens, this will be a great part of the education of young players taking their first steps in the game."

Click here to read/watch the full interview.

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