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U18s prepare for new campaign

17 July 2015

Albion cross north-south divide

ALBION have crossed the north-south divide - literally - for the 2015/16 Barclays U18 Premier League season.

The youngsters will compete in the northern division this season, having been a southern division side last term.

Bolton Wanderers have dropped out of the League this season, with their place going to Swansea City. 

That means instead of visiting London and the south, Albion will be heading up the M6 and to the North East.

And U18 Lead Professional Development Phase Coach Aaron Danks believes that can only benefit Albion's players, who begin the campaign with a home fixture against Manchester United.

"It's good for us to have this variety," said Danks.

"Last season we played Arsenal, Spurs, Southampton...this season we'll be travelling to Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Newcastle.

"That will also mean an overnight stay for some of our players which, again, is a new experience for many of them.

"The lads are in good shape and we're looking forward to the new season."

Sat Aug 8 Manchester United (H) Midday (WBA Development Centre)
Sat Aug 15 Newcastle United (A) 11am 
Sat Aug 22 Stoke City (A) 11am (Clayton Wood Training Ground)
Sat Sept 5 Liverpool (H) Midday (WBA Development Centre)
Sat Sept 12 Manchester City (A) 11am
Sat Sept 19 Middlesbrough (H) 1pm (WBA Development Centre)
Sat Sept 26 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) 11am
Sat Oct 3 Sunderland (H) 1pm (WBA Development Centre)
Sat Oct 10 Blackburn Rovers (A) 11am
Sat Oct 17 Derby County (A) 11am
Sat Oct 24 Everton (H) 11am (WBA Development Centre)
Sat Oct 31 Manchester United (A) 11am
Sat Nov 7 Newcastle United (H) 11am (WBA Development Centre)
Sat Nov 14 Liverpool (A) 11am
Sat Nov 21 Stoke City (H) 11am (WBA Development Centre)
Sat Nov 28 Manchester City (H) 12.30pm (WBA Development Centre)
Sat Dec 5 Middlesbrough (A) 1pm
Sat Dec 19 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) 11am (WBA Development Centre)
Sat Jan 9 Sunderland (A) 11am
Sat Jan 16 Blackburn Rovers (H) 11am
Sat Jan 30 Everton (A) 11am
Sat Feb 6 Derby County (H) 11am (WBA Development Centre)

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