MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1978/79 (CENTRAL LEAGUE)
Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
8/19/78 Bury League Away 5-2 Stepney Rogers Moran 1 Nicholl Connell Sloan C McGrath 1 Clark 1 Ritchie 1 Duxbury Paterson 1 Micklewhite
8/21/78 Sheffield Wednesday League Home 4-0 Bailey Rogers Moran Nicholl Duxbury Sloan C McGrath Clark Ritchie 1 Paterson 3 Grimes Micklewhite
8/26/78 Everton League Home 4-1 Stepney Rogers Moran Nicholl Connell Sloan Micklewhite Clark 1 Ritchie 1 Paterson 2 Grimes Grimshaw
9/2/78 Preston North End League Away 3-1 Stepney Rogers Duxbury McCandless Connell Sloan 1 C McGrath Clark 1 Ritchie 1 Paterson Micklewhite McDermott (8)
9/9/78 Nottingham Forest League Home 2-0° Stepney Rogers Duxbury Houston Connell Sloan C McGrath Micklewhite Ritchie Paterson 1 Grimes Grimshaw (9)
9/16/78 Huddersfield Town League Away 1-1 Stepney Rogers Moran Houston Connell Sloan C McGrath Nicholl 1 Paterson Duxbury Clark Micklewhite
9/23/78 Burnley League Home 1-1 Stepney Rogers Duxbury Nicholl 1 Connell Sloan C McGrath Clark Paterson Micklewhite Grimshaw McDermott (10)
9/30/78 Manchester City League Away 2-0 1,721 Bailey Rogers Nicholl Duxbury Connell Sloan 1 C McGrath Micklewhite Paterson 1 Hunter Grimes McDermott
10/14/78 Sheffield United League Home 0-1 Stepney Rogers Moran Duxbury Connell Sloan C McGrath Micklewhite Paterson Ritchie Worrall Hunter
10/21/78 Stoke City League Away 1-4 Bailey Duxbury Moran Nicholl Connell Sloan C McGrath McCreery Ritchie 1 Paterson Hunter Micklewhite (3)
10/28/78 Wolverhampton Wdrs League Home 2-1° Bailey Knox Duxbury McCandless Albiston Sloan C McGrath McCreery Ritchie 1 Hunter Ashworth Micklewhite (6)
11/4/78 Newcastle United League Away 2-1 Bailey Rogers McCandless Duxbury Albiston Micklewhite 1 C McGrath Paterson Ritchie 1 Hunter Ashworth Grimshaw (10)
11/8/78 Liverpool League Away 4-3 Bailey Rogers McCandless Duxbury Albiston Micklewhite C McGrath 1 Paterson 2 Ritchie McCreery Ashworth Sloan 1 (11)
11/11/78 Bury League Home 6-0° Bailey Rogers McCandless Duxbury Connell Sloan C McGrath 1 Paterson 1 Ritchie 3 Micklewhite Ashworth Grimshaw (6)
11/18/78 Everton League Away 1-1 Stepney Rogers Moran Duxbury Connell Micklewhite McCreery Paterson Ritchie Grimes 1 Ashworth McCandless (3)
11/25/78 Blackpool League Home 3-0° Stepney Rogers Duxbury Nicholl 1 Connell Sloan C McGrath McCreery Paterson Ritchie 1 Grimes Micklewhite
12/9/78 Derby County League Home 0-0 Roche Albiston McCandless Duxbury Connell Sloan C McGrath McCreery Pearson Paterson Grimes Rogers (2)
12/16/78 Blackburn Rovers League Away 0-0 Roche Rogers Nicholl Duxbury Connell Sloan McCreery Hunter Pearson Grimes Ashworth Micklewhite (11)
12/23/78 Leeds United League Home 2-0 Roche Rogers McCandless Duxbury C Roberts Sloan McCreery Micklewhite Hunter Paterson 2 Grimes Grimshaw
12/30/78 Bolton Wanderers League Away 0-3 Roche Rogers McCandless Connell C Roberts Nicholl Micklewhite Duxbury Lynam Hunter Grimes Grimshaw (4)
1/20/79 Huddersfield Town League Home 2-1 Roche Rogers McCandless Duxbury Albiston Sloan 1 C McGrath McCreery Ritchie Paterson Macari 1 Micklewhite
2/10/79 Manchester City League Home 2-0° 462 Roche Rogers Duxbury Moran McCandless Sloan C McGrath Micklewhite Hunter Paterson 1 Grimes Grimshaw
2/17/79 Aston Villa League Home 1-1 Roche Rogers Nicholl Moran Duxbury Sloan C McGrath McCreery 1 Hunter Paterson Grimes McCandless
2/27/79 Sheffield United League Away 1-1 Roche Rogers Moran Duxbury Houston Sloan C McGrath Micklewhite 1 Paterson Hunter Grimshaw McCandless
3/3/79 Stoke City League Home 0-1 Roche Rogers Moran Duxbury Houston Sloan Hunter Micklewhite Jordan Lynam Grimshaw McCandless
3/5/79 Coventry City League Home 3-1 Roche Rogers Moran McCandless Duxbury Sloan Lynam 1 Paterson 2 Jordan Grimshaw Ashworth Hunter
3/12/79 Aston Villa League Away 0-1 Roche Rogers Moran McCandless Duxbury Sloan Micklewhite McCreery Hunter Paterson Grimshaw Ashworth
3/24/79 Sheffield Wednesday League Away 0-4 Roche Rogers McCandless Duxbury Connell Sloan Lynam McCreery Moran Macari Ashworth Grimshaw
3/26/79 Preston North End League Home 0-0 Pears Rogers Moran Duxbury Connell Sloan Micklewhite McCreery Lynam Macari Paterson McCandless
3/31/79 Blackpool League Away 1-2° Pears Rogers McCandless Moran Duxbury Sloan McCreery Grimshaw Paterson Hunter Lynam Connell (3)
4/5/79 Wolverhampton Wdrs League Away 0-1 Pears Rogers Moran Duxbury Houston Sloan Lynam McCreery Ritchie Paterson Grimes Connell
4/7/79 West Bromwich Albion League Home 1-3 Pears Knox Moran Duxbury 1 Connell Sloan Hunter McCreery Lynam Paterson Grimes McCandless
4/14/79 Liverpool League Home 3-4 Pears Rogers Moran 1 Duxbury 1 Connell Sloan McCreery Grimes Paterson 1 Hunter Ashworth McCandless (10)
4/17/79 Coventry City League Away 0-4 Pears Rogers Moran A Davies Houston Sloan Lynam McCandless Paterson Duxbury Grimshaw Connell
4/19/79 Nottingham Forest League Away 0-1 Pears Rogers Moran McCandless Houston Sloan R Lane Ritchie Paterson Duxbury Grimes Connell
4/21/79 Blackburn Rovers League Home 1-1 Pears Rogers Moran McCandless Connell Sloan Lynam Duxbury Ritchie 1 Paterson R Lane Hunter (11)
4/28/79 Derby County League Away 1-2 Roche Rogers Moran A Davies Connell Sloan C McGrath Duxbury Lynam 1 Paterson R Lane McCandless (9)
5/1/79 Burnley League Away 0-1 Roche McCandless Moran Duxbury Connell Sloan Micklewhite Paterson Ritchie Grimshaw R Lane Hunter
5/3/79 Newcastle United League Home 2-0 Roche Rogers Moran Duxbury Connell Sloan Micklewhite Ritchie 1 Paterson 1 Worrall R Lane A Davies (3)
5/5/79 Bolton Wanderers League Home 3-2 Pears Rogers A Davies Duxbury Connell Sloan Micklewhite Ritchie 2 Paterson 1 Worrall R Lane McCandless (11)
5/7/79 Leeds United League Away 2-3 Pears Rogers McCandless Duxbury 1 Connell Sloan Lynam Micklewhite Paterson 1 Worrall A Davies Hunter
5/10/79 West Bromwich Albion League Away 0-4 Pears Rogers McCandless Duxbury Connell Sloan Hunter Paterson McDermott Grimshaw R Lane Worrall (11)

Squad Stats

RES APPS AND GOALS 1978/79
League
Name Apps Gls
Arthur Albiston 5
Ian Ashworth 9
Gary Bailey 7
Jonathan Clark 6 3
Tom Connell 26 (1)
Alan Davies 4 (1)
Mike Duxbury 41 3
Ashley Grimes 16 1
Tony Grimshaw 9 (4)
Stewart Houston 7
Geoff Hunter 16 (1)
Joe Jordan 2
Barry Knox 2
R Lane 7
Chris Lynam 12 2
Phil McCandless 20 (4)
David McCreery 17 1
John McDermott 1 (2)
Chris McGrath 20 3
Lou Macari 3 1
Gary Micklewhite 21 (3) 2
Kevin Moran 25 2
Jimmy Nicholl 11 3
Steve Paterson 37 20
Steve Pears 11
Stuart Pearson 2
Andy Ritchie 20 15
Chris Roberts 2
Paddy Roche 15
Martyn Rogers 37 (1)
Tom Sloan 38 (1) 4
Alex Stepney 9
Gary Worrall 4 (1)

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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