MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1977/78 (CENTRAL LEAGUE)
Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
8/20/77 Coventry City League Home 3-1 1,119 Roche Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Rogers Storey C McGrath D Jackson 2 Paterson Clark 1 Ashworth George Bailey (6)
8/23/77 Bury League Away 1-2 Roche Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Rogers Storey Hunter D Jackson Paterson 1 Clark Ashworth George Bailey (8)
8/27/77 Derby County League Away 0-2 Roche Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Rogers Storey Hunter Ritchie Paterson Clark Ashworth D Jackson (11)
9/3/77 Blackpool League Home 1-2 Roche George Bailey Duxbury Bradley Houston Clark Hunter McDermott 1 Ritchie Paterson Ashworth Rogers
9/5/77 Everton League Home 1-1 16,800 Roche Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Houston Clark C McGrath McDermott 1 Ritchie T Jackson Ashworth Paterson (10)
9/10/77 Manchester City League Home 1-1 1,208 Roche George Bailey Duxbury Bradley Houston Clark T Jackson McDermott 1 Ritchie Grimes Ashworth Paterson (6)
9/13/77 Sheffield United League Away 5-0 Mountford George Bailey Duxbury Bradley Rogers Clark 3 Hunter McDermott 1 Ritchie 1 Paterson Gilmour D Jackson
9/17/77 Leeds United League Away 1-4 Roche Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Houston Clark T Jackson Ritchie J Greenhoff Grimes Ashworth 1 McDermott
9/24/77 Blackburn Rovers League Home 1-0 985 Roche Forsyth 1 Bradley Duxbury Rogers T Jackson Clark J Greenhoff Ritchie Grimes Ashworth Paterson (5)
10/1/77 Liverpool League Away 0-2 Roche Forsyth Paterson Duxbury Rogers T Jackson Clark Grimes McDermott Ritchie Ashworth Bradley (5)
10/4/77 Burnley League Away 1-1 Plunkett George Bailey Bradley Paterson Duxbury Hunter Clark T Jackson McDermott 1 Ritchie Ashworth D Jackson
10/8/77 Sheffield Wednesday League Home 4-1 967 Roche Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Houston Hunter Clark 1 Paterson 1 McDermott Ritchie 1 Ashworth 1 George Bailey
10/15/77 Newcastle United League Away 0-0 Roche Forsyth Bradley Duxbury Rogers T Jackson Clark Paterson Pearson Ritchie Grimes McDermott (9)
10/22/77 West Bromwich Albion League Home 0-3 Roche George Bailey Paterson Bradley Duxbury Clark Grimes T Jackson McDermott Ritchie Ashworth Hunter (3)
10/29/77 Sheffield United League Home 2-0 Roche Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Rogers Paterson 1 Clark 1 T Jackson McDermott Ritchie Ashworth George Bailey
11/5/77 Stoke City League Away 3-3° Roche Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Rogers T Jackson Paterson 2 Clark Ritchie McDermott Micklewhite D Jackson (11)
11/12/77 Nottingham Forest League Home 3-2 Stepney Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Rogers T Jackson Paterson Clark 1 Ritchie 2 J Greenhoff Grimes McDermott (10)
11/19/77 Huddersfield Town League Away 3-2 Stepney Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Albiston Clark 2 Grimes C McGrath Paterson 1 Ritchie Ashworth Rogers
11/26/77 Preston North End League Home 2-1 Stepney Forsyth 1 Duxbury Bradley Albiston Clark Hunter Paterson Ritchie 1 McDermott Ashworth Rogers
12/3/77 Bolton Wanderers League Away 3-2 Stepney Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Rogers Clark Jones 1 Paterson Ritchie 1 McDermott Ashworth George Bailey
12/7/77 Bury League Home 2-0 Mountford George Bailey Duxbury Bradley Rogers Jones Hunter 1 T Jackson Paterson McDermott 1 Ashworth D Jackson
12/10/77 Wolverhampton Wdrs League Home 1-1 643 Stepney Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Rogers Jones Hunter 1 T Jackson Paterson McDermott Ashworth George Bailey (11)
12/17/77 Aston Villa League Away 0-0 Stepney Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Albiston Clark C McGrath Paterson Ritchie T Jackson McDermott Rogers
12/19/77 Everton League Away 0-1 Gary Bailey Forsyth Buchan Bradley Rogers Paterson Clark Macari C McGrath Ritchie McDermott Duxbury (3)
1/3/78 Coventry City League Away 1-1 Stepney Rogers Duxbury 1 Bradley T Jackson Clark C McGrath McCreery Pearson McDermott Grimes George Bailey (9)
1/21/78 Blackpool League Away 3-0 Stepney Forsyth T Jackson Duxbury Bradley Paterson C McGrath 1 McCreery Ritchie 2 Clark Grimes McDermott
2/25/78 Liverpool League Home 0-1 Stepney Forsyth B Greenhoff Bradley Rogers Clark C McGrath J Greenhoff Ritchie Grimes Ashworth Duxbury (11)
3/4/78 Sheffield Wednesday League Away 1-2 Stepney Forsyth Duxbury Bradley Albiston Clark C McGrath 1 McCreery Ritchie Grimes Ashworth McDermott
3/11/78 Newcastle United League Home 2-1 Stepney Rogers Duxbury Buchan Albiston Clark C McGrath Grimes 1 Pearson Ritchie 1 Ashworth Grimshaw
3/14/78 Manchester City League Away 5-3 2,194 Gary Bailey Forsyth 1 Duxbury Buchan Rogers Clark 1 C McGrath 1 Grimes Pearson 1 McDermott 1 Ashworth Micklewhite
3/18/78 West Bromwich Albion League Away 0-1 Gary Bailey Forsyth Duxbury Buchan Albiston Paterson McCreery Clark McDermott Grimes Ashworth Rogers
3/28/78 Blackburn Rovers League Away 0-2 Roche Forsyth Duxbury Buchan Rogers McCreery C McGrath Clark Ritchie Grimes Ashworth Paterson (11)
4/1/78 Stoke City League Home 3-1 Roche Forsyth Duxbury Moran Albiston Paterson Grimes C McGrath Ritchie McDermott 2 Ashworth 1 Rogers
4/4/78 Nottingham Forest League Away 3-0 Roche Forsyth Moran Nicholl Albiston Clark C McGrath McCreery Paterson 2 T Jackson Ashworth 1 Grimshaw
4/8/78 Preston North End League Away 0-2 Roche Forsyth Nicholl Moran Albiston Clark T Jackson Paterson Ritchie McDermott Hill Duxbury (10)
4/12/78 Derby County League Home 1-1 Roche Forsyth Nicholl Duxbury Albiston Clark 1 T Jackson C McGrath Ritchie Paterson Ashworth Rogers
4/15/78 Huddersfield Town League Home 3-1 Gary Bailey Forsyth Duxbury Moran Rogers Clark 1 Nicholl 1 Grimshaw Ritchie 1 Paterson Ashworth Hunter
4/17/78 Aston Villa League Home 1-0 Gary Bailey Forsyth Duxbury Moran Rogers Clark Nicholl T Jackson Ritchie Paterson 1 Ashworth Grimshaw (3)
4/19/78 Leeds United League Home 2-1 Roche Forsyth Moran Nicholl Rogers T Jackson C McGrath Grimes Ritchie 1 Paterson 1 Ashworth Clark
4/22/78 Wolverhampton Wdrs League Away 1-0 Roche Forsyth Moran Nicholl Rogers Clark C McGrath 1 T Jackson Ritchie J Greenhoff Paterson Grimshaw
4/26/78 Burnley League Home 1-1 Gary Bailey Forsyth Moran Paterson T Jackson Clark C McGrath McCreery J Greenhoff 1 Ritchie Macari Duxbury
4/29/78 Bolton Wanderers League Home 4-0 Roche Rogers Moran Duxbury T Jackson Clark C McGrath Paterson J Greenhoff 2 Ritchie 2 Ashworth McDermott

 

Squad Stats

RES APPS AND GOALS 1977/78
League Career Tot
Name Apps Gls Apps Gls
Arthur Albiston 10 56
Ian Ashworth 31 5 36 (1) 5
Gary Bailey 6 6
George Bailey 6 (4) 23 (5) 2
David Bradley 27 (1) 67 (1) 3
Martin Buchan 5
Jonathan Clark 38 12 83 (2) 22
Mike Duxbury 35 (3) 1 48 (4) 1
Alex Forsyth 33 3 78 4
Tommy Gilmour 1 4 (1)
Brian Greenhoff 1
Jimmy Greenhoff 7 3 7 3
Ashley Grimes 18 1 30 2
Tony Grimshaw 1 (1) 18 (1) 2
Gordon Hill 1 1
Stewart Houston 5 5
Geoff Hunter 9 (1) 2 9 (1) 2
David Jackson 2 (2) 2 18 (3) 3
Tommy Jackson 24 54 2
Steve Jones 3 1 3 1
David McCreery 7 22 7
John McDermott 21 (2) 9 21 (3) 9
Chris McGrath 19 4 39 11
Lou Macari 2
Gary Micklewhite 1 1
Kevin Moran 9 9
Ray Mountford 2 26
Jimmy Nicholl 7 1 21 1
Steve Paterson 32 (4) 10 72 (6) 24
Stuart Pearson 4 1 4 1
Plunkett 1 1
Andy Ritchie 34 13 36 14
Paddy Roche 22
Martyn Rogers 24 45 (1)
Alex Stepney 11
Ray Storey 3 47 (3) 4

The Manchester United Academy was established in 1998, following the reorganisation of youth football in England, but has roots stretching all the way back to the 1930s with the establishment of the Manchester United Junior Athletic Club (MUJAC). and has been responsible for producing some of Manchester United’s greatest ever players, including the club’s top five all-time appearance makers, Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, and the new wave of home-grown talents known as Fergie’s Fledglings. The current academy is based at the club’s Aon Training Complex, an 85-acre (340,000 m2) site in the Manchester suburb of Carrington.

The Manchester United youth team is statistically the most successful in English football, with nine players in the English football Hall of Fame (Duncan Edwards, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Nobby Stiles, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Johnny Giles). Manchester United also have the best FA Youth Cup record, winning on 10 occasions out of 14 final appearances.

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The academy comprises age-group teams ranging from Under-9s up to the flagship Under-18s, who currently compete in Group C of the Premier Academy League and in the FA Youth Cup. The Under-16s and Under-18s typically play their academy league games at 11am on Saturday mornings at Carrington, while Youth Cup games are generally played at either Altrincham‘s Moss Lane ground (where the under-23s play their home games) or the club’s 76,000-capacity Old Trafford home, in order to cater for the greater number of supporters these fixtures attract.

In 2007, Manchester United Under-18s won the Champions Youth Cup, intended to be an analogue to the FIFA Club World Cup for youth sides, beating Juventus 1–0 in the final in Malaysia. It was their first and only title, since the tournament was scrapped after only one edition.

Recommended Reading on Manchester United’s reserve, youth team and the history of United’s style of play.

Articles :

Football taught by… Matt Busby and Jimmy Murphy

Books :

Matt Busby : Soccer At The Top

The Man Who Kept The Red Flag Flying : The Biography of Jimmy Murphy

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