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  • 29 January 2015 11:49
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MCFC U18s v Stoke City U18s
Friday 30 January 2015 - 7pm
City Football Academy Stadium

A place in the FA Youth Cup quarter final is up for grabs on Friday night.

Stoke stand in the way of our under-18s and a place in the last eight as the sides lock horns at the City Football Academy stadium.

City made light work of Coventry City in the fourth round to reach this stage, hitting the Sky Blues for eight in a devastating show of strength which included a stunning treble from Brandon Barker.

However, this encounter with Stoke promises to be a sterner test for Jason Wilcox’s young charges.

The Potters booked their place in the last 16 with a convincing 3-0 victory over Mansfield ten days ago courtesy of goals from Julien N’Goy, Johnville Renee-Pringle and Daniel Jarvis.

If the meeting between City and Stoke earlier this season is anything to go by, it promises to be a tight and cagey cup clash on Friday night.

Callum Bullock became the final City goalscorer at Platt Lane in November when he gave his team the lead on 44 minutes before Yusuf Coban levelled it with half an hour left to play.

One each was how it finished, meaning the spoils were shared, although Wilcox’s boys did manage a league double over Stoke last season and are likely to be boosted by a number of the Elite Development Squad joining the ranks.

In the last round, EDS regulars Barker, Thierry Ambrose, Angelino, Pablo Maffeo, Kean Bryan and Bersant Celina all featured for the under-18s.

Friday night’s visitors are managed by Richard Perkins, who is of the opinion that his side have what it takes to add City to their list of Youth Cup victims, following wins over Mansfield and Sheffield Wednesday.

"We're looking forward to the next round and a trip to Manchester City, probably at their new training ground," Perkins told

"We know it will be a difficult game but we played them away in the league and drew after playing very well.

"We've got good momentum behind us in the cup following a couple of good wins and have started 2015 really well.

"Now we'll be hoping to extend our run in this prestigious competition."

Arsenal or Crewe Alexandra await the winners in the sixth round.

Tickets for these games are priced as:

Free for Seasoncard holders*

£3   Adult

£1   Concession – Junior (Under 16) and Over 65s

*Seasoncard holders must claim a seat in order to attend and Seasoncard will be activated. 

Tickets will be available online at, and to personal callers at the Ticket Office above the City Store at the Etihad Stadium for supporters that meet the following criteria;

  • General Sale – Friday 23 January

All supporters can purchase up to 6 tickets under one supporter number.

Disabled supporters are unable to purchase tickets online, find out how to buy here.

Official Match Ticket

Seasoncard holders and Cityzens members who purchase these matches are advised their Seasoncard or Cityzens card will be activated. Please refer to your confirmation email for your seat details and location. All other supporters who purchase for this will receive a paper ticket in the post within 72 hours of purchase.

Fans will also be rewarded with 150 Cityzens points for attending the game, which will be activated upon entry to the Academy Stadium, to thank you for your loyal support of City’s future stars.

Visiting the Academy Stadium

If you have not visited the Etihad Stadium before, we want you to enjoy the whole experience, and that starts with how to get here and where to park. The Etihad stadium address for satellite navigation is:  Etihad Stadium, Manchester M11 3FF.

For matches at the Academy Stadium, supporters are advised to park on Orange Car Park located on the main Etihad Stadium site.  To find out more click here.

Disabled supporters are advised to contact our Access Officer to discuss their car parking requirements by calling +44 (0) 161 444 1894 option 1, 1, 1.

Have you thought about getting the Metrolink to and from the match? The nearest Metrolink station to the Academy Stadium is Velopark.

Be a Cityzen

Cityzens is our new global membership for City fans everywhere. You will receive a wide range of benefits including a personalised card, the right to vote on Club decisions, match ticket priority, discounts at our online shop, and the chance to win money-can’t-buy experiences. Buy Cityzens membership online now.

All tickets and are sold subject to availability and are issued subject to Manchester City Football Club Limited’s 2014-15 home match terms and conditions of sale, 2014-15 Hospitality terms and conditions of sale and any applicable ground regulations

The Ticket Office and Supporter Services are open Monday - Saturday, 9am to 5:30pm (closed Sunday & Bank Holiday. For any queries please call +44 161 444 1894 (option 1, option 3). 

For additional help or assistance use our online ‘frequently asked questions’ #mcfchelp. You can also ask us a question and keep up to date via our official Supporter Services Twitter account, @MCFCHELP.

The Academy Stadium and Etihad Campus are both smoke free zones, including the use of electronic cigarettes. Find out more here.

Respect the Badge

Manchester City Football Club prides itself on having the best fans in the country and we greatly appreciate your support in enforcing the code of conduct. You are purchasing tickets which are located in stands which seat home fans only.  We expect all supporters to behave in a manner appropriate to their surroundings.  This code must be adhered to.  Failure to comply could result in you being asked to leave the Stadium.  For high profile games, such as local derbies or cup games, a zero tolerance policy will be in operation.

Prohibited Items

The following items are not allowed to be brought in to the Academy Stadium:

-          Pyrotechnics, flares and smoke bombs.

-          Golf umbrella or any article that may be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety.

-          Professional recording equipment (audio and visual).

-          Bags larger than A4 size.

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