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Kidd: Done It The Right Way

27 April 2015

Youth Team Manager, Ryan Kidd believes they won the league the right way by having a number of players miss matches to join the first team set-up.

Bury Youth Team won the North West Youth Alliance League last Tuesday, without even touching a football, after fellow league chasers Wigan Athletic were defeated by Rochdale on their last game of the season.


Youth Team Manager, Ryan Kidd has said how deserving his team were of the title after playing some fantastic football throughout the season.


He has also said that it was a weird feeling winning the league while on the training ground and not during a match.


Talking after the first team match against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, Ryan Kidd said: “We have played some outstanding football and I think we have been the best team in the league, it’s nice to get that first spot, but it is about development and we’ve done that the right way.


“We have had a number of players on the first team bench throughout the season including: Anthony Dudley, Brayden Shaw, Jack Ruddy, Scott Burgess with Marcus Poscha already making his debut.


“The news that we won came through a bit strange, we were training on Tuesday, and then we had a little bit of a break.


“Wigan Athletic were facing Rochdale at the time and only needed a draw to win the title, they were losing in injury time so we watched the twitter feed coming through.


“Everyone had a bit of a jump about and congratulations, and then we went back training. It was a case of “right let’s crack on”.”


Kidd admitted that it has been an even more special achievement by everyone involved when you take into account the amount of players they have had unavailable throughout the season.


With a large number of players making it onto the first-team bench as well as missing first choice ‘keeper Jack Ruddy who had to wait until November for his work permit to come through.


He explained: “We haven’t done it the easy way, we’ve been without a number of players when they have joined up with the first team and during the first five games we were without our two recognised goalkeepers which cost us.


“So we’ve done it the hard way, which has helped us mix development with actually winning games and I think it is important we teach the lads how to win as well.


“At this Club they are one step away from the first team, so they need to know about game management which they have managed to do this year.


“They have all worked extremely hard this year, doing a lot of hours on the training ground as well as a lot of hours travelling.


“It’s something for them to look back on fondly and have something for the trophy cabinet at such a young age.”

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