Manchester United’s Academy annually compete in the Premier section of the Milk Cup over in Northern Ireland during the summer. This pre-season’s visit will see The Reds pitted against Zamora FC of Venezuela, Co. Tyrone and Hartlepool United.
If you don’t know the history of this competition, this was taken from their official website (http://www.nimilkcup.org):
“Who would have thought that the Northern Ireland Milk Cup would have become such a magnificent event, one which is eagerly anticipated by football people all over the British Isles and farther afield?
It was all very much an experiment in 1983 with eight Ulster teams and an equal number of visitors including the Algerians and a side from Coleraine’s twin town of la Roche-sur-Yon in France.
Scottish stars Motherwell were the name on everyone’s lips that year after Irish FA president Harry Cavan declared the tournament open. Stephen Connors was the young lad to emerge with all the plaudits, scoring 12 goals for the Scots, three in the 5-0 win over hosts Coleraine in the final”
Manchester United and the Milk Cup:
Manchester United have won the tournament on four occassions in 1991, 2003, 2008 and 2009.
Monday 25th July 2011
Zamora FC v Manchester United
Bolton Wanderers v Etoile Lusitana
Tottenham Hotspur v Otago
Athletico Del Pinto v Hartlepool
Aspire v Belvedere
Co. Armagh v Leonidas
Co. Antrim v Co. Londonderry
Cherry Orchard v Co. Down
Co. Tyrone v Co. Fermanagh
Oxford United v Desportivo Brazil
Vestmar L.E. V South Coast Strikers
Tuesday 26th July 2011
Belvedere v Zamora F.C.
Co. Armagh v Bolton Wanderers
Etoile Lusitana v Athletico del Pinto
Hartlepool Utd v Co. Antrim
Otago v Cherry Orchard
Co. Fermanagh v Tottenham Hotspur
Leonidas v Desportivo Brazil
Manchester Utd v Co. Tyrone
Co. Down v Vestmar L.E.
Co. Londonderry v South Coast Strikers
Oxford Utd v Aspire
Wednesday 27th July 2011
Zamora F.C. v Co. Tyrone
Bolton Wanderers v Cherry Orchard
Belvedere v Co. Armagh
Athletico del Pinto v Co. Fermanagh
Manchester Utd v Hartlepool Utd
Co. Londonderry v Oxford Utd
Co. Down v Etoile Lusitana
Co. Antrim v Desportivo Brazil
Leonidas v Vestmar L.E.
Aspire v Otago
South Coast Strikers v Tottenham Hotspur
The competition is staged at 14 different venues in the Coleraine, Limavady, Ballymoney and Ballymena areas. If you’re close by and attending please get in touch with me to help provide tournament feedback.
I will be providing up-to-date goalflashes and hopefully some pre-match team news during the tournament via Twitter…….so get following @Rimmerstweets