Eyre looks for bright start at Hyde
- Fri 16 Jul 2010, 1:21PM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Steve Eyre wants City's Elite Under-21s to reap the rewards of their hard work tomorrow against new groundshare partners Hyde FC at Ewen Fields.
The revamped stadium will be home to the Blues reserves as well as our Blue Square Bet North neighbours this season under a unique three-year deal between the clubs.
Hyde, who are celebrating their 125th anniversary, are sure to provide a warm welcome to the City youngsters that coach Eyre hopes will have a sizeable backing from Blues fans.
He said: "We're hoping a few of our fans will be there to get behind our young players, all of whom are keen to catch the eye and push for a first-team squad place this season.
"Hyde will be fully committed on a good playing surface. Over the years they've always been a team that's tried to play good football, and our principles are the same.
"I don't suppose either team would claim to be at their peak fitness at this stage, but it's a great game for us to be involved in. It's going to be our home ground as well as theirs!"
Steve said: "I'm proud to be taking the team as support and cover for Andy Welsh, who is in America. We've got a lot of our young lads away on the tour, which we're delighted about.
"But we're only handicapped in terms of numbers, not talent. We can still field players of the calibre of Adam Clayton, whose last game was at Wembley for Carlisle. Ryan McGivern was at Leicester last season, then there's James Poole and Javan Vidal."
City's youngsters have been working just as hard as their senior counterparts with double sessions. Eyre said: "With the fitness team of Chris Rush, Craig Yuill and Dan Hodges, plus physio James Baldwin, we've really put them through their paces.
"They've had fitness and gym work combined with football practice in a structured build-up."