Wednesday 08 Dec
Updated Wednesday 08 Dec 16:00

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West Ham United U18s

West Ham United U18s kick off their 2021/22 FA Youth Cup campaign on Friday evening, when Kevin Keen's youth team host Newcastle United U18s at Rush Green Stadium.

The third-round tie will be played behind-closed-doors in east London, but the youth team will still need the support of the Claret and Blue Army, who will be able to watch LIVE on the West Ham YouTube channel and!

Kicking off at 7pm on Friday (10 December), the young Hammers will be looking to secure progression to the fourth round, where they would face the winners of Colchester United or Arsenal at home.

Standing in their way are a talented Newcastle U18s team, hailing from a fellow Category One Academy, who reached the quarter-finals of the competition last year before being defeated 6-1 by eventual winners Aston Villa at St James’ Park. 

The young Geordies are, however, in a difficult run of form, without a win in five games and sitting 13th of 14 teams in the U18 Premier League North table.

In U18 Premier League South, meanwhile, the Hammers' youth team – unbeaten in their last four games – currently sit in seventh place.

Last season, West Ham U18s reached the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2011/12, beating Luton Town on penalties at Kenilworth Road after a dramatic 3-3 draw, before hammering Norwich City 5-0 at Carrow Road in the fourth round.

There, their Youth Cup adventure drew to a close, with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of an Arsenal team who proved more clinical on the night at Rush Green Stadium. 

West Ham have won the prestigious FA Youth Cup on three occasions previously – 1963, 1981 and 1999 – while also finishing as runners-up in four further seasons. Their last medals from the competition came courtesy of a resounding 9-0 victory over Coventry across a two-legged final in 1999.

Manchester City are this season’s defending champions.

For the 2021/22 competition, players must have been born on or after 1 September 2003 and before 1 September 2006 to be eligible to feature in the FA Youth Cup.

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Please note that Friday's match will be played behind closed doors, with only key personnel and a small number of invited guests present.

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