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Planning For The Future


Jan 6, 2005
Found this about tonight's youth game against Stoke:

Stoke's youth boss Adrian Pennock hails Southend as the best team he has seen this season ahead of tonight's FA Youth Cup fourth-round tie at Roots Hall.

Pennock took a sneak preview of Southend when watching them demolish Derby in the previous round at the same venue.

"They are the best team I've seen at youth level this season," said Pennock, despite playing against the likes of the two Manchesters, Liverpool and Everton already this term.

"We lost to Derby 3-1 earlier this season, but Southend went and thumped them 4-0 in the last round.

"Southend had a decent crowd watching them that night, with supporters banging drums and all that, so I'm expecting another good turn-out and atmosphere for our tie tonight.

"They will expect big things from their team, so I suppose we go there as the underdogs, but our lads will be looking forward to the challenge and will be quietly confident of getting a result."

It sounds like Ricky Duncan is making waves with our youth set-up and I think we'd all love to see more home-grown youngsters come through the ranks and into the first team. I know its likely the london clubs will poach any that turn out to be any good but hats off to Ricky and Tilly for investing in our future.