Newcastle’s Checkatrade campaign: Some hope from a struggling academy

Newcastle’s Checkatrade campaign: Some hope from a struggling academy

It’s not often that a 4-0 loss to local rivals Sunderland would have any cause for celebration for those in the Toon faithful, but in many ways Newcastle’s third round Checkatrade Trophy defeat on Tuesday night had just that about it.

After all, this was Newcastle United’s academy prospects battling it out against the senior team of the club’s closest (geographically speaking) rival. These are the faces that make up United’s woefully underfunded and underdeveloped academy setup, and despite the heavy 4-0 final score, they proved themselves to have at least something about them.

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