Town bid for Youth Cup proress
Ipswich travel to the Britannia Stadium aiming to progress further in the FA Youth Cup when they take on Stoke City tonight (7pm kick-off).And, capturing the mood of the moment, both clubs have agreed all gate receipts, parking fees and a collection on the night will go to the Asian tsunami appeal.
By Dave Vincent
Ipswich travel to the Britannia Stadium aiming to progress further in the FA Youth Cup when they take on Stoke City tonight (7pm kick-off).
And, capturing the mood of the moment, both clubs have agreed all gate receipts, parking fees and a collection on the night will go to the Asian tsunami appeal.
Tonight's winners will be at home in the fourth round against either Aston Villa or Port Vale.
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Stoke have been one of the surprise packages of the competition, having put out a star-studded Manchester United side 1-0 in the third round away from home.
Their team is managed by Noel Blake, the much-travelled centre-half who is a former manager of Exeter City and first-team coach at Notts County.
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In recent years it has been big city clubs like Arsenal, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough who have dominated in the competition. They have big academies and large squads of boys to select from, in the case Arsenal and Manchester United packed with talent brought in from not just their local areas but around the world.
This year, Ipswich have lads from Scotland and Ireland, as well as closer to home, in their squad.
Academy manager Bryan Klug said: “We had Stoke watched against Manchester United and they were very good. We are hoping for a good game. The boys are really looking forward to it. We want to get on with it now.”
Centre-half Aidan Collins returns to the side from the first-team bench on Saturday. Klug added: “Aidan has hardly played since the win over Portsmouth.”
There are no replays in the competition so there will be extra time and penalties if needed to settle it on the night. Town needed extra time to get past Portsmouth in the previous round, winning 3-2 at Portman Road.
Ipswich have injury problems with Michael Synnott, Blair Hammond and Allan Storie out. Keeper Shane Supple returns after missing Saturday's 3-2 win at Millwall.
Stoke City: Sanna, Kirkpatrick, Quigley, Musgrove, Hughes, Swift, Smith, Dickinson, Thomas, Graves, Paterson, Hazley, Garrett and Francis.
Ipswich Town: Supple, Blackmore, Moore, Casement, Collins Krause, Lordan, Garvan, Clarke, Knights, Craig, Trotter, Sheringham, Haynes, Haverson and Ainsley.