ACADEMY stars of the future are gearing up to pit their skills against Town’s first team in the high-spot of the Gerry Murphy Testimonial Gala Day at AFC Emley on Sunday, July 20 (3.00).
Town Academy guru Murphy is thrilled at the prospect of seeing his young charges in competitive action against the club’s senior squad, many of whom have graduated through the much-vaunted youth policy.
And he believes the occasion, which kicks off at 11.00 with a two-hour mini soccer tournament involving 80 youngsters, is a great opportunity for fans to savour what promises to be an intriguing 90-minute spectacle.
“There’s no doubt about it, the future of Huddersfield Town will be on display at Emley, and I see it as a bright future at the start of the club’s centenary season,” said Murphy.
“There are some really exciting prospects at youth level with people like midfielder Lewis Nightingale and centre-back Spencer Harris having a great future ahead of them.”
Murphy is also enthusiastic about striker Jimmy Spencer, for whom the club are believed to have turned down a near six-figure offer from Premiership Manchester City, and he is confident his young charges will acquit themselves well against senior opposition.
“Of course, I am grateful to our new manager, Stan Ternent, for allowing the senior squad to squeeze in this game during what is now a hectic pre-season schedule and at the same time it will be an early chance for our superb fans to see Stan’s new signings on parade.”
Popular Dubliner Murphy, who turns 65 later this month, has become a legendary figure with his grooming of home-grown talent for Football League action and international honours.
Town chairman Ken Davy has supported Murphy’s testimonial since launch when he said:
“It is impossible to think of anyone who has devoted so much time, effort and expertise, not just to Town but sport in general in Kirklees. He has had a profound impact on so many sportsmen.”
AFC Emley are delighted to stage what promises to be a fun-packed family day out with refreshments available throughout and also featuring a power-shooting competition, beat the goalkeeper, face painting and other attractions.
Admission to the mini soccer tournament is by programme (£2), with adults paying £8 with £6 for concessions at the afternoon’s big game.