Under-18's face Maidstone at Roots Hall Stadium in FA Youth Cup on Tuesday 5th November.
Participation in next week’s FA Youth Cup First Round tie against Maidstone United would fulfil a long-term ambition for first-year full-back Emmanuel Adeyeye.
The left-footed defender is in line to earn a starting spot after scoring his second goal of the season at Stevenage last weekend, and he’s keen to experience a game in the knockout competition for the first time against the Stones at Roots Hall.
“When we’ve had photo-shoots at Roots Hall, I’ve always wanted to play on that pitch, so hopefully I’ll get given a chance to do that,” he told the Mansfield Town edition of the club’s official matchday programme, Blues.
“I’ve watched The FA Youth Cup on TV and seen the fans that come along to watch, so hopefully if I get a chance to play, I’ll do my best. It’ll be a good taste of what I hope will happen in the future.”
“Right now Kane Farrell is the first choice in my position, so I‘ve got to keep on pushing him. Hopefully I’ll keep on improving because I’ve been here since U13s so, if I can make it to the first team, it’ll be quite a story.”
You can read more about that story, including how Adeyeye is keen to repay the faith shown in him by Southend’s Head of Youth, Ricky Duncan, by purchasing Blues on Friday night. You can see Adeyeye and his team-mates in action at Roots Hall next Tuesday, 5th November, against Maidstone United in the FA Youth Cup First Round. Kick-off is at 7.30pm and admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.