The Young Shakers travel to Deepdale this Friday as they take on Preston North End in the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup.
Ryan Kidd will take his side to his former stomping ground, after spending ten years at Preston as a player from 1992-2002, making 259 appearances.
Bury were rewarded with the tie after victories against North Shields, Fleetwood Town, Stevenage and Peterborough, reaching the Fifth Round of the competition for the second successive year. The Shakers hadn’t made it to this stage for fifty-two years before last season’s run.
The Journey So Far
Ryan Kidd was keen to acknowledge this in his post-match interview from the Fourth Round victory, “To do it twice in two seasons is a major achievement!”
Midfielder Aaron Skinner also spoke to the club website after the win, knowing that there is still more to come from the team, “It’s a good feeling but we’ve not really performed as well as we could have.”
He also enjoyed playing at a first team ground, “It’s a good experience playing under lights and in a proper stadium.”
This season’s impressive campaign has seen Bury notch seven goals in one game, while being the first team to score past Peterborough in the competition last time out.
All the good work has seen Callum Hulme awarded a professional contract. He has followed in the footsteps of Dougie Nyaupembe and under 18s captain Joe Adams who have turned professional since the summer.
Sporting Director Lee Dykes has been present at Stevenage and Peterborough, being joined by Manager Ryan Lowe and first team coach Steven Schumacher.
Dykes looks ahead to the game on Friday, full of praise for Bury’s Youth Set-Up, “It’s a fantastic achievement from our Youth Department to get to the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup for the second time in the last fifty-two years. It shows not only the great work being done at Carrington, but the level of coaching from all of our coaches within the youth development setup.”
“January has seen Joe Adams and Callum Hulme graduate from the academy, further emphasising the available pathway from the Academy to our first team. Hopefully the game on Friday can be another stage for our youth players to showcase their abilities against another strong team in Preston at another fantastic venue.”
Victory on Friday night would see the Shakers entertain either Liverpool or Wigan Athletic in the Quarter-Finals, with Bury being handed the home advantage.
Those who can't make it to the game can listen to live match commentary on iFollow, by following this link: https://www.buryfc.co.uk/matches/fixtures/u18-team/201819/february/tbc-vs-bury-u18-on-09-feb-19/