AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe urges young guns to seize chance

Bournemouth Echo: BOSS: Eddie Howe BOSS: Eddie Howe

BOSS Eddie Howe is urging Cherries’ young guns to seize their chance when they showcase their talents on the big stage at Dean Court tomorrow.

Howe and members of his backroom team will be among the crowd when Cherries host Hereford United in the third round of the FA Youth Cup (7pm).

Exempt until this stage, Cherries will be bidding to reach the fourth round for the first time in 17 years – with a trip to either Manchester City or Doncaster Rovers at stake for the victors.

Howe has publicly stated promotion to the Championship will restrict the number of home-grown players blooded in the first team with only “exceptional talents” likely to break through.

A graduate of the club’s youth ranks in 1996, Howe has rewarded a clutch of rising stars with their first professional contracts, including the likes of Sam Matthews, Baily Cargill and Jake McCarthy.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “It is a bigger stage and a bigger crowd than they will be used to. The management and coaching staff will be there so it is a good chance for us to assess the younger players to see how they are developing.

“It is a big game for them and we want them to pull out all the stops because that is the nature of the business. They have an opportunity to impress and have to try to grab it. Sometimes, that dictates the standard of player because the talented and mentally strong boys do come through and that is what we are looking for.”

Howe added: “The FA Youth Cup was one of the biggest occasions of my young career. It was the game you looked forward to more than any other. It was a chance to play under the floodlights and in front of a crowd at your stadium, which was a rare event for a young player. One of my best early memories of professional football was beating Swansea 5-0 in the competition.

“These games are pretty much a replica of first-team games. You get that pressure and that sense of expectation and excitement, which are all the emotions you feel before a first-team game. It is really good preparation for the lads who are hoping to have a career in professional football.”

The Cherries squad includes Mason Walsh, son of former England international Paul Walsh, who won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991, and midfielder Luke Holmes, son of Matty Holmes, an ex-player at Dean Court and now the club’s technical development officer.

Both teams compete in the south west division of the Youth Alliance and Hereford, who are managed by former Cherries loan player Peter Beadle, have already seen off Chesterfield, MK Dons, Atherstone Town, Newcastle Town and Stourbridge having started out in qualifying.

Cherries: (from) J Holmes, Lee, West, Kaye, McCarthy, Hansford, Randall, Matthews, Walsh, Butcher, Harris, Fontain, Buckley, Simpson, L Holmes, Kirkwood, Quigley, Roberts, Banaghan.

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8:39am Wed 18 Dec 13

swanagecherrie says...

Good luck to our youngsters future talent and income for the club. Eddie Howe told Radio Solent he's looking at offering a permanent deal to goalkeeper Lee Camp according to twitter.
Good luck to our youngsters future talent and income for the club. Eddie Howe told Radio Solent he's looking at offering a permanent deal to goalkeeper Lee Camp according to twitter. swanagecherrie

10:34am Wed 18 Dec 13

Afcbpete says...

Good Luck to the Youth Team!!
Good Luck to the Youth Team!! Afcbpete

12:04pm Wed 18 Dec 13

canfordcherry says...

£5 adults/£3 kids. 7pm start. Might be worth a look I think.
£5 adults/£3 kids. 7pm start. Might be worth a look I think. canfordcherry

4:55pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Cherryfan says...

Lets hope we see one or two young lads who know where the goal is. Could do with somebody like this at the moment.
Lets hope we see one or two young lads who know where the goal is. Could do with somebody like this at the moment. Cherryfan

12:34am Thu 19 Dec 13

dekayedcherry says...

Sam Mathews showed in a little cameo role against Real Madrid in pre- season what a talented young football talent he is and I'm sure many of his team mates have equal talents. If young Holmes is as talented as his dad then AFCB will have an excellent player on their books as Matty went on to play for West Ham before an injury cut short his playing days( I think ?).Good luck to the youth team and get to the 4 th round as a great tie awaits you.UTC.
Sam Mathews showed in a little cameo role against Real Madrid in pre- season what a talented young football talent he is and I'm sure many of his team mates have equal talents. If young Holmes is as talented as his dad then AFCB will have an excellent player on their books as Matty went on to play for West Ham before an injury cut short his playing days( I think ?).Good luck to the youth team and get to the 4 th round as a great tie awaits you.UTC. dekayedcherry

10:14am Thu 19 Dec 13

pokesdown1 says...

Being streamed on tinternet if anybody cant make the game.
Being streamed on tinternet if anybody cant make the game. pokesdown1

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