Dave Fernyhough says Cheshire 'raring to go'

Friday 10 Apr 2015
Cheshire's U18s have been unbeaten in all competitions this season
FA County Youth Cup glory is not the only thing on the line for Cheshire this Sunday, as they also look to extend their incredible unbeaten run.

The county’s U18 side has not lost a single game in all competitions this season, in either the County Youth Cup or the Association of Northern Counties league.

Manager Dave Fernyhough has been with the county for 26 years, managing the U18s for 10 of those.

But in all that time, he admits few teams can rival the squad who are set to take on Middlesex in The Final at Barnet’s Hive Stadium.

Middlesex v Cheshire

The FA County Youth Cup
The Final
2pm, Sunday 12 April 2015
The Hive, Barnet FC

"I have been involved with Cheshire for 26 years, the last 10 of those as manager of the U18s," Fernyhough told TheFA.com.

"We have made the quarter finals in that time but never The Final. This has, without doubt, been one of the best seasons."

Creating a county squad is no mean feat either. Assembled with players from several non-professional clubs, it is often difficult to get the right blend of individuals.

However, Fernyhough has dedicated incredible time to his role as manager, with weekends having been spent scouting new players from around the county.

"The players we have got now are of a high level of quality," added Fernyhough.

"What I have done is gone and selected players myself. I go to visit Warrington and Chester - clubs in the surrounding area.

"We used to get recommendations from club managers but it is always best to see players for yourself.

"Every Sunday I am out watching a game and looking for players to take us forward.

"It’s about getting that blend between the players and ensuring they gel. It has worked really well this year and the lads have been brilliant."

Cheshire last won the competition, which pits county representative sides from across the country against each other in 1984. 

And Fernyhough confesses that victory at the Hive would be an amazing moment for everyone involved, including long-serving chairman Dave Edmunds, who also chairs The FA's Youth Council

"He was saying to me the other day that we last won it in 1984, when we beat Manchester," he revealed.

"The players understand how much it means to the county and the chairman has spoken to them too.

"We are coming down on Saturday and staying overnight in a hotel in the Watford area.

"We had training the other night and the whole squad is raring to go. They are over the moon to be in The Final. It will be a great experience and an amazing achievement to lift the trophy - for myself and the players."

By FA Staff