Coulson eager for Cup run

BORO youngster Michael Coulson is hungry for more first team action – starting with the FA Cup at Lancaster tomorrow.

The pacy forward's arrival as a substitute in last weekend's demolition of Accrington saw him become only the fifth 16-year-old to play for the Seasiders since the war, following in the footsteps of Colin Appleton, Derek Exley, Dave Bowman, and Mark Lee.

Coulson, who was also involved in last night's FA Youth Cup defeat against Whitley Bay, is now looking to mount a challenge for a regular first team berth to cap his nine-year involvement with Boro.

The teenager, who has come through the school of excellence ranks and is the son of former Edgehill boss Steve, said: "Coming on as a sub was a great experience. I was a bit nervous at first but the longer I was on the pitch the more I enjoyed it.

"I have always supported Boro and live just up the road from the ground. Before I signed for them I used to come down and watch, so really it is a dream come true.

"I was only 16 in April, but since joining up with the first team squad everything has gone really well. I just want to keep going now and hopefully get a few more games behind me.

"I'm not expecting a regular place in the side yet because there are a lot of good players ahead of me, but in the future I would like to be thereabouts.

"Being alongside Tony Hack-worth was a great help because he has played at the highest level and you are constantly learning while you are on the field."

Coulson is also looking forward to re-igniting his strike partnership with fellow youth team ace Ryan Blott, who is recovering from a motorcycle accident.

He added: "I have played with Ryan for ages now and we work well together. He says he will be back in training at Christmas, so that's good for the under-19s."

l Michael Coulson is not the youngsest player to appear for Boro. That honour belongs to Ray Waterhouse, who was 15 when he made his debut in a Midland League match against Denaby United in April, 1939.