Royston Town U18s out to make history in the FA Youth Cup against Arsenal

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Royston Town U18s are gearing up for the biggest match in their history when they take on Premier League giants Arsenal’s youngsters in the FA Youth Cup fourth round next Wednesday.

The Crows and their army of supporters will flock to Meadow Park, home of Boreham Wood FC, for the last 32 clash, which pits the sole remaining non-league side in the competition against last season’s semi-finalists.

Liam McDevitt’s men reached the fourth round for the first time with a win over Oxford City in December.

Magic and the FA Cup often go hand-in-hand and having come this far in the competition, the Garden Walk side will hope there is another fairytale story and giant killing upset just around the corner.

A date with either League One side Crewe Alexandra or Championship Bolton Wanderers is on the cards if Royston can achieve the almost unthinkable and defeat the six-times Youth Cup winners, in a game supporters can attend for free.

One man who played at the highest level for club and country and has a mantelpiece full of silverware is Sol Campbell.

The former Arsenal defender won the FA Cup with Arsenal and Portsmouth, however he never got his hands on an FA Youth Cup medal.

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The Crow caught up with ex-England defender and asked him about the Gunners’ clash with Royston.

Campbell said: “I got to the semi-finals when I was a young player but never beyond.

“I would just say to the lads involved on both sides - just enjoy it. It’s a fantastic cup to be involved in.

“It’s something you will remember for the rest of your life if you do well in it.

“It’s great for them to be involved in a competition like the Youth Cup.

“Playing in the competition puts you in the correct frame of mind as a young player to become a professional footballer - which is what they all want to become.

“Good luck to all the players involved in the tie. Really good luck to them.”

A future in the professional game could move closer for some of Royston’s exceptional performers should they defeat the Emirates Stadium side in six days.

The tie will put them in the shop window and glory could be at stake for McDevitt’s stars.