Barclays u18 Premier League fixtures announced
- 25 July 2013 10:51
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City u18s will kick off their 2013/14 Premier League campaign with a trip to West Bromwich Albion on 17 August.
The competition has a new format for Jason Wilcox’s first season in charge, with the 22 participating teams being split into North and South regional leagues.
The top two sides from each league will progress to the semi-finals, with the winner of each division claiming the right to play at home.
City will face all teams in the North League both home and away, and so will negotiate two fixtures against Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Stoke City and Wolves.
They will also play every team in the South League once, either home or away, to complete a busy academy schedule encompassing 31 league fixtures.
After the opening game against the Baggies, a trip to the north east to face Sunderland awaits, with the first home game against Stoke on 28 August at Platt Lane.
Mark your diaries now for the two Manchester derbies, with the young Blues taking on Manchester United at home on 5 October, and making the trip across town on 1 February 2014.
Arsenal and Liverpool are both set to visit Platt Lane before Christmas, on 26 October and 14 December respectively.
Wilcox’s men will complete their league campaign with a tricky visit to Chelsea on Saturday 26 April 2014.
You can get the full list of dates on our Academy fixtures page.