Shi delighted by under-18’s cup run

Wolves’ executive chairman Jeff Shi is urging Wolves supporters to give their backing to the under-18s as they prepare to face Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup semi-final at Old Trafford next week.

The club is offering coach travel to Manchester for just a £3 donation to Wolves Foundation to allow fans to attend Wolves’ first FA Youth Cup semi-final appearance in 17 years, and Shi believes the rise of the under-18s this season demonstrates how the Academy has developed since Fosun completed their takeover almost six years ago.

“I would like to see as many Wolves fans as possible attend the game because it’s a great achievement for our under-18s,” Shi said. “Not only that, but alongside the free entry, we are providing subsidised coach travel to make it as easy as possible for all of our fans to have the opportunity of supporting the future of the club.

“Getting to this stage of the competition is a brilliant achievement that has not only come through the hard work of this season, but the efforts which have been made across the Academy during the past five or six years.

“Developing young players, just like developing the football club, is not an immediate process, it’s a marathon and it’s about the long game, which requires patience.

“Many of the players in our under-18s would have been just 11 or 12-years-old when we took over the Academy and started our journey. To reach this outstanding milestone after just five years together makes us all very proud of our players and coaching staff and motivates us to do even better in the future.

“I know how important it is for our supporters to watch home-grown talent develop into top professionals, so I urge fans to give their support to the next generation on Wednesday and book their tickets and coach travel as soon as possible.”

Click here for more information about booking tickets and coach travel to Old Trafford for the 7pm kick-off on Wednesday 9th March.