Jamie Sterry


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Academy defender Jamie Sterry is already looking forward to next month's FA Youth Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea.

St. James' Park will be the venue on Tuesday, 11th March (kick-off 7.05pm) as Newcastle take on the Blues for a place in the last four of the prestigious competition.

Chelsea were last year's runners-up, losing over two legs to Norwich in the final, and have won the tournament twice in the last four years.

But Sterry insists that the Toon teenagers are good enough to shock the boys from Stamford Bridge - and go on to lift the trophy for the first time since Paul Gascoigne inspired United to victory in 1985.

"I can't wait to play them," said Sterry, speaking in the official matchday programme for the Aston Villa game. "And I think we can beat them because we've got a strong team this year and the spirit's really good at the minute.

"It's obviously going to be a tough game but I think we'll have a bit more than them."

The 18-year-old right-back helped Newcastle beat Sunderland 4-0 at St. James' Parkin the fourth round before putting in another impressive display in a 1-0 win over Derby earlier this month.

"We watched (the recent film) The Class Of '92 just before the Derby game, on the way to the hotel, and it was amazing to see the memories that the tournament holds for the likes of (David) Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers.

"The FA Youth Cup means everything to us - that's why we want to go and win it."

Admission at St. James' Park on Tuesday, 11th March (kick-off 7.05pm) will be £3 for adults and £1 concessions