Glendale’s finest take on United

The Glendale League U8 Representative squad in full: Duncan Apthorpe (Rothbury), Cillian Burroughs, Mathew Dyson and Ben Riley (all Felton Juniors), Bailey Burnlees and Koen Ross (both Wooler), Sam Hall and Robbie Swordy (both Seahouses), Conor Johnson and Jake Wood (both Berwick Juniors) and Jack Reed and Adam Stockton (Longhorsley)
The Glendale League U8 Representative squad in full: Duncan Apthorpe (Rothbury), Cillian Burroughs, Mathew Dyson and Ben Riley (all Felton Juniors), Bailey Burnlees and Koen Ross (both Wooler), Sam Hall and Robbie Swordy (both Seahouses), Conor Johnson and Jake Wood (both Berwick Juniors) and Jack Reed and Adam Stockton (Longhorsley)

A group of Glendale League players had the chance to visit the Newcastle United Academy over Easter, when the league was invited to select a representative side to join in one of the Academy’s regular Monday night training sessions for the U8 age group.

Twelve boys were selected from across the various Glendale sides by the league committee, with seven different clubs represented.

On the day, after being made to feel very welcome by the Academy staff, the boys were split into three teams to join in the NUFC Development Squad’s end-of-term four-a-side competition.

It was a real step-up for the Glendale boys to take on teams from the Development Squad, but they acquitted themselves really well throughout the evening, impressing the coaching staff with both their attitude and performances. To their great delight, they even managed to win a few games against the NUFC teams.

It was a great experience for all of the boys and was a deserved recognition for those at the top of a large peer group of boys and girls playing for the many clubs within the Glendale League.