Bantams wheel out their young guns for big FA Youth Cup tie

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: City youth team’s golden generation have not lost this season, with star player Oliver McBurnie smashing 21 goals already City youth team’s golden generation have not lost this season, with star player Oliver McBurnie smashing 21 goals already

City’s all-conquering youngsters step out for their Valley Parade debut in the FA Youth Cup tonight with the battle cry: Do us proud.

The Bantams academy put their season-long 16-match unbeaten run on the line against Millwall in the third-round encounter (7pm).

The Lions may start favourites because of their higher status but City youth coach Steve Thornber believes his side, who have won at Scunthorpe and Morecambe so far, are well capable of springing an upset.

A good crowd is expected to watch the likes of hot-shot striker Oliver McBurnie and Jack Stockdill and Thornber is convinced City’s youngsters can rise to the occasion.

He said: “You’d think with the funding Millwall have got, they should be a little too strong for us. But we’re going really well this year and confidence is sky high.

“We’ve got a strong crop of lads and it’s the same with the under-16s coming through. It’s looking good for the next few years if we can keep hold of them.

“We set targets from the start of the season and they’ve hit every one so far. They push each other on and it’s a pleasure to work with them.

“Their attitude has been different class. We’ve not had a group like this for a long while.”

City are nine points clear at the top of the Football League Youth Alliance North-East Conference and are also still going strong in the League Cup.

McBurnie has smashed 21 goals, including four hat-tricks, and recently made his first-team debut at Rotherham. He has also trained with the Scotland age-group set-up.

Millwall are expected to present a very physical test but City will be prepared, having watched them three times.

Thornber said: “It’s been a very good start to get to the turn of the year unbeaten in the league. That’s playing against teams from our standard, category three, and Millwall are the next level up.

“We’ve done our homework and know their strengths – and where we can perhaps hurt them. Hopefully we’ll get a few fans down and the lads will do us proud.”

There is the added incentive for the winners of another home tie in the last 32 against Sheffield United and Thornber believes City are capable of progressing even further.

He said: “I’ve set them a target of getting to the fifth round. It might be a bit ambitious but you can soon go on a good run.

“You only have to look at the results in this competition already, like Accrington beating West Ham last week.

“This game is certainly winnable if we put on a performance like we can and then we’ll see from there.”

Thornber gave the bulk of his side a rest at the weekend and fielded seven under-16s in the 2-1 win over Grimsby. But he will be missing free-kick specialist Callum Chippendale.

“Callum sprung his shoulder and has still not got the full range of movement in it,” he said.

“The lad is desperate to play but it would be foolish to risk him. It’s probably a two-week thing but if he falls over on it again, it might need an operation or pinning.

“He’s certainly a key player but he’s only a first-year, so he’s got a chance again next season as well.”

Admission is free for season-ticket and flexicard holders, otherwise it is £3 for adults and £1 over-60s and under-16s.

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10:49am Tue 17 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck lads, you are doing BCFC proud!!!! Hope these kids get a good turnout of BCFC fans to support them!
Good luck lads, you are doing BCFC proud!!!! Hope these kids get a good turnout of BCFC fans to support them! bcfc1903

11:20am Tue 17 Dec 13

nowt fresh says...

Come on you guys nowt on tele get down to shout the lads on, 7pm kick off can even get a couple of pints in after the game down at the local :-)) .
Come on you guys nowt on tele get down to shout the lads on, 7pm kick off can even get a couple of pints in after the game down at the local :-)) . nowt fresh

11:23am Tue 17 Dec 13

SHOESMAKER24 says...

as above and good look to the lads
as above and good look to the lads SHOESMAKER24

12:14pm Tue 17 Dec 13

lawsonio123 says...

These Lads are doing City Proud let us keep them they are our future
These Lads are doing City Proud let us keep them they are our future lawsonio123

1:44pm Tue 17 Dec 13

tyker7745 says...

well done lads. I wonder how many will make it through to the first team. Hopefully a lot
well done lads. I wonder how many will make it through to the first team. Hopefully a lot tyker7745

2:21pm Tue 17 Dec 13

HHITYKE says...

To the chairmen of BCFC. The youth program is obviously a long term project for BCFC. We have players knocking at the door for the first team yet no one knows who they are and most have never seen them play. If you want the fans to support the youth team you should post highlights of their games just as you do the first team. They are on a wonderful run at the moment but I have never seen one goal they have scored. I live in the USA and follow my old club religiously. It would be wonderful to see Mr McBurnie on film instead of two lines in the T&A once a week. It would involve the fan base and maybe generate income and excitement long term by encouraging fans to go to their games. It also gives recognition and positive enforcement to the players.
To the chairmen of BCFC. The youth program is obviously a long term project for BCFC. We have players knocking at the door for the first team yet no one knows who they are and most have never seen them play. If you want the fans to support the youth team you should post highlights of their games just as you do the first team. They are on a wonderful run at the moment but I have never seen one goal they have scored. I live in the USA and follow my old club religiously. It would be wonderful to see Mr McBurnie on film instead of two lines in the T&A once a week. It would involve the fan base and maybe generate income and excitement long term by encouraging fans to go to their games. It also gives recognition and positive enforcement to the players. HHITYKE

4:50pm Tue 17 Dec 13

bobbyo says...

HHITYKE wrote:
To the chairmen of BCFC. The youth program is obviously a long term project for BCFC. We have players knocking at the door for the first team yet no one knows who they are and most have never seen them play. If you want the fans to support the youth team you should post highlights of their games just as you do the first team. They are on a wonderful run at the moment but I have never seen one goal they have scored. I live in the USA and follow my old club religiously. It would be wonderful to see Mr McBurnie on film instead of two lines in the T&A once a week. It would involve the fan base and maybe generate income and excitement long term by encouraging fans to go to their games. It also gives recognition and positive enforcement to the players.
I like it! Good idea. CTID.
[quote][p][bold]HHITYKE[/bold] wrote: To the chairmen of BCFC. The youth program is obviously a long term project for BCFC. We have players knocking at the door for the first team yet no one knows who they are and most have never seen them play. If you want the fans to support the youth team you should post highlights of their games just as you do the first team. They are on a wonderful run at the moment but I have never seen one goal they have scored. I live in the USA and follow my old club religiously. It would be wonderful to see Mr McBurnie on film instead of two lines in the T&A once a week. It would involve the fan base and maybe generate income and excitement long term by encouraging fans to go to their games. It also gives recognition and positive enforcement to the players.[/p][/quote]I like it! Good idea. CTID. bobbyo

8:17pm Tue 17 Dec 13

HHITYKE says...

anybody know the score yet??
anybody know the score yet?? HHITYKE

9:33pm Tue 17 Dec 13

jamiejoe says...

... unlucky guys - i guess that is football. The rough with the smooth ...

live to fight and play another day!
... unlucky guys - i guess that is football. The rough with the smooth ... live to fight and play another day! jamiejoe

12:50am Wed 18 Dec 13

Waynus1971 says...

HHITYKE wrote:
To the chairmen of BCFC. The youth program is obviously a long term project for BCFC. We have players knocking at the door for the first team yet no one knows who they are and most have never seen them play. If you want the fans to support the youth team you should post highlights of their games just as you do the first team. They are on a wonderful run at the moment but I have never seen one goal they have scored. I live in the USA and follow my old club religiously. It would be wonderful to see Mr McBurnie on film instead of two lines in the T&A once a week. It would involve the fan base and maybe generate income and excitement long term by encouraging fans to go to their games. It also gives recognition and positive enforcement to the players.
Most of their games are shown as highlights on YouTube. It's just a matter of searching for the right games.
[quote][p][bold]HHITYKE[/bold] wrote: To the chairmen of BCFC. The youth program is obviously a long term project for BCFC. We have players knocking at the door for the first team yet no one knows who they are and most have never seen them play. If you want the fans to support the youth team you should post highlights of their games just as you do the first team. They are on a wonderful run at the moment but I have never seen one goal they have scored. I live in the USA and follow my old club religiously. It would be wonderful to see Mr McBurnie on film instead of two lines in the T&A once a week. It would involve the fan base and maybe generate income and excitement long term by encouraging fans to go to their games. It also gives recognition and positive enforcement to the players.[/p][/quote]Most of their games are shown as highlights on YouTube. It's just a matter of searching for the right games. Waynus1971

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