Anthony Godfrey is calling for a “classic cup atmosphere” during AFC Liverpool Under-18s’ clash with Wrexham in the FA Youth Cup tomorrow night (7pm).
The Liverpool youngsters’ remarkable run in the competition has drawn them against the Welsh club in the Second Qualifying Round – just two games short of the First Round Proper.
The two teams meet at the 2000-capacity Marine Travel Arena, which saw hundreds of fans back AFC Liverpool to victory in previous rounds – now they are the only Merseyside-based outfit left in the competition.
Godfrey, who is Global Director of 7 Elite Academy, manages AFC Liverpool’s Under-18s as part of a long-running sponsorship arrangement with the club’s first team.
And he is calling for the academy’s younger members and families to show up for Friday night’s mouthwatering encounter: “This will be a huge night for these players, but also the academy and club in general.
“To play a club like Wrexham under floodlights is the recipe for a classic cup atmosphere. We have had great support so far from families, AFC Liverpool fans and the grassroots football community.
“We want as many people as possible to give their support and make it a special night. This group of Under-18s has worked so hard to get to this stage, so I want them to have the backing they deserve.
“We know Wrexham’s strengths, but we’ll concentrate on our own game and make sure we follow our plan. That has worked well so far in this competition, so I see no need to change it.”
The match will also see 7 Elite Academy’s younger players take to the pitch for an exhibition training session at half time, giving them a taste of the FA Youth Cup atmosphere.
AFC Liverpool Chairman Chris Stirrup is looking forward to watching the club’s Under-18s take on their Welsh counterparts in the world’s most famous youth football competition.
He said: “This has been a fantastic run so far for these lads and we all want it to continue on Friday night. To do that, we need a big crowd to cheer them on at the Marine Travel Arena.
“We have seen some huge crowds for this competition in the first few rounds and that has made a such a difference to the atmosphere. I can’t wait for more of the same under floodlights.
“The AFC Liverpool first team doesn’t have a game on Friday night, so I want our regular supporters to see how the future of our club and our partnership with 7 Elite Academy, is developing.”