PROFESSIONAL Development Phase Lead Coach Sam Rose believes that tomorrow night's FA Youth Cup third round tie against Sheffield United will be a ‘special occasion’ and hopes that Burton Albion fans can come to the game and support the young Brewers.
The under 18s will travel to Bramall Lane tomorrow evening, looking to progress to the fourth round of the competition. The game kicks off at 7PM with adult admission costing £3 and concessions costing just £1.
In previous years, the Brewers have travelled to grounds such as Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux and Leeds United’s Elland Road in the FA Youth Cup, and they now face a trip to the oldest stadium still hosting professional football matches in the country.
Rose believes that the game will be a great opportunity for the players to gain some big-game experience and hopes that Burton Albion fans can come and cheer on the next generation of Brewers.
He said: “It would make the experience even more special and valuable for the players if they see some Burton Albion fans coming down to the game.
“It will be an opportunity to see the future of Burton Albion and there may be some players who are knocking on the first team door in seasons to come.
“Obviously, friends and family will be there, but to see some Brewers fans there with the banners that they bring down to the Pirelli Stadium on a Saturday afternoon to support the first team would be brilliant. “
The FA Youth Cup has also seen various Academy graduates feature for the Brewers in recent years and Rose believes that the competition is a good platform for players to progress.
“We have got some good players. Players like Matty Palmer, Ben Fox, Joe Sbarra and Marcus Harness who have all come through into the first team have played in this competition and have shone in games like this.”
Tuesday 12 December