Torquay United Prepare For Red Devils Clash

By: Simon Williams |
23/11/11 |
FA Youth Cup

Torquay United’s Head of Youth, Geoff Harrop, has told BBC South West that he is ‘elated’ to have drawn holders Manchester United in The FA Youth Cup third round.

“We are absolutely elated,” Harrop told the BBC.

“It’s fantastic to have the prestige of playing Man United and be flying the flag for Devon.”

Harrop’s side secured a date against their glamorous opponents by beating Cirencester Town 3-2 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in Tuesday night’s replay.

No date or venue has been set for the game but it is likely to be staged at Altrincham’s Moss Lane ground.

“We’ve got to do Torquay proud,” added Harrop. “It gives us a great opportunity to pit our wits against arguably the best youth set-up in the country.”

“Those boys have got to play in a Premiership team and a team full of internationals, so it’ll give our boys an idea of where they’ve got to go.”

“Players develop at different stages and who’s to say that one of our players doesn’t get sold to a club that is in the Premiership one day.”

“The experience will be worth its weight in gold. We’re going to go there and have a right go at them.”

United won the trophy for the 10th time in May, beating Sheffield United in the final, 6-3 on aggregate.