MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1980/81 (CENTRAL LEAGUE)
Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
8/16/80 Newcastle United League Away 2-0 Roche Knox Lane Duxbury Connell Sloan C McGrath Wilkins McGarvey Ritchie 2 Worrall Lynam (8)
8/20/80 Bolton Wanderers League Home 2-1 Smith Knox Jovanovic Lane Connell Sloan C McGrath Lynam McGarvey 2 Ritchie Worrall Davies (6)
8/23/80 Leeds United League Home 1-1 Smith Whelan Jovanovic Lane Connell Wynn 1 Knox Lynam McGarvey Keough Worrall Keen
8/30/80 Huddersfield Town League Away 1-0 Roche Whelan Keen Lane Connell Knox C McGrath Lynam 1 McGarvey Duxbury Worrall Keough
9/6/80 Sheffield Wednesday League Home 2-1 Roche Whelan Keen Lane Knox Sloan C McGrath 1 Lynam 1 McGarvey Wilkins Grimes Worrall
9/9/80 Liverpool League Away 2-4 Roche Whelan Duxbury Lane Connell Sloan C McGrath Ritchie 1 McGarvey 1 Knox Worrall Davies (7)
9/20/80 Blackpool League Home 0-0 Roche Whelan McQueen Lane Connell Sloan C McGrath Ritchie McGarvey Lynam Davies Worrall (3)
9/27/80 Manchester City League Away 2-2° 1,067 Roche Whelan Keen Lane Connell Knox C McGrath Ritchie Jordan 1 Davies Worrall McGarvey
10/4/80 Everton League Home 0-0 Roche Whelan Keen Lane Connell Sloan C McGrath Ritchie McGarvey Davies Worrall Knox
10/8/80 Stoke City League Away 1-2 Roche Whelan Keen Lane Connell Sloan C McGrath Lynam McGarvey Knox 1 Worrall Davies
10/11/80 Aston Villa League Away 3-4 Roche Whelan Keen Lane 1 Connell Davies C McGrath Lynam McGarvey 1 J Greenhoff 1 Worrall Keough
10/18/80 Blackburn Rovers League Home 2-0 Roche Whelan Keen Lane Connell Sloan C McGrath Lynam 1 McGarvey Davies 1 Keough Worrall
10/25/80 Coventry City League Away 1-0 Roche Knox Keen Lane Connell Sloan C McGrath J Greenhoff McGarvey 1 Grimes Worrall Davies (11)
11/1/80 Derby County League Home 1-1 Roche Whelan Keen Lane Connell Sloan Knox J Greenhoff McGarvey 1 Davies Wynn Lynam (10)
11/8/80 Wolverhampton Wdrs League Away 1-2 Smith Whelan Keen Lane Connell Duxbury Lynam J Greenhoff McGarvey 1 Grimes Worrall Knox
11/11/80 Bolton Wanderers League Away 3-2 Smith Whelan Keen Lane Connell 1 Sloan Knox J Greenhoff 1 Lynam Davies 1 Worrall Keough
11/15/80 Newcastle United League Home 2-2 Roche Knox 1 Keen Lane Connell Sloan 1 Davies J Greenhoff Lynam Grimes Worrall Roberts
11/22/80 Burnley League Home 1-2 Roche Whelan Buchan Lane Connell Sloan C McGrath J Greenhoff McGarvey 1 Lynam Worrall Davies
12/6/80 Preston North End League Home 1-1 Pears Keen Jeffrey Lane Connell Sloan C McGrath Lynam 1 McGarvey Davies Worrall Knox
12/9/80 Nottingham Forest League Home 1-1 Pears Whelan Keen Lane Connell Sloan 1 C McGrath Lynam McGarvey Knox Wynn Worrall (10)
12/13/80 Nottingham Forest League Away 0-2 Pears Whelan Keen Lane Roberts Sloan C McGrath Knox Lynam Davies Worall Wynn (9)
12/20/80 Stoke City League Home 0-1 Pears Knox McQueen Lane Roberts Sloan Davies Lynam McGarvey Wilkins Worrall Keen (3)
12/27/80 Sheffield United League Home 1-1 Pears Whelan McQueen Buchan Knox Davies C McGrath Lynam 1 Birtles Wilkins Worrall Lane (9)
1/3/81 Sheffield Wednesday League Away 1-0 Smith Whelan McQueen Buchan Lane Sloan Davies C McGrath McGarvey 1 Wilkins Worrall Knox
1/10/81 Burnley League Away 0-0 Pears Whelan Lane Moran Davies Sloan Lynam C McGrath McGarvey McIlroy Worrall Haggett
1/24/81 Huddersfield Town League Home 2-1 Pears Whelan Jovanovic Moran Lane Davies Lynam C McGrath 1 McGarvey 1 McIlroy Worrall Keen
2/4/81 Leeds United League Away 1-2 Pears Whelan Jovanovic Lane Connell Knox Davies 1 C McGrath McGarvey Wilkins Worrall Keen (9)
2/7/81 Bury League Home 4-0 Pears Whelan 1 Keen Lane Connell Sloan Lynam Davies McGarvey 1 McIlroy 1 Worrall 1 Knox
2/21/81 Manchester City League Home 2-3 541 Pears Whelan Keen Lane Connell Sloan Davies Knox Lynam 1 Grimes 1 Thomas Worrall (8)
2/28/81 Blackpool League Away 0-0 Pears Whelan Keen Lane Connell Sloan Davies Lynam McGarvey Grimes Worrall Knox
3/14/81 Aston Villa League Home 0-1 Pears Whelan Jovanovic McQueen Lane Sloan Davies Lynam McGarvey Thomas Grimes Keen (10)
3/24/81 Bury League Away 0-5 Roche Roberts Jovanovic Lane Connell Whelan Lynam Keen McGarvey Davies Worrall Jeffrey (9)
3/28/81 Coventry City League Home 1-0 Roche Whelan Keen Lane Connell Davies Sloan Lynam M Hughes Grimes 1 Wilkins Worrall
4/4/81 Derby County League Away 1-1 Roche Whelan Keen Lane Knox Sloan 1 Davies M Hughes McGarvey Grimes Worrall Keough
4/6/81 Everton League Away 0-0 Roche Jovanovic Keen Lane Connell Sloan Wilkins M Hughes McGarvey McIlroy Grimes Davies (2)
4/11/81 Wolverhampton Wdrs League Home 0-0 Roche Nicholl Keen Lane Connell Sloan Davies M Hughes McGarvey McIlroy Grimes Whelan
4/15/81 West Bromwich Albion League Away 0-3 Pears Whelan Nicholl Lane Connell Sloan Davies Lynam McGarvey McIlroy Grimes M Hughes
4/18/81 Sheffield United League Away 2-2 Pears Whelan Jeffrey Lane Connell Sloan Lynam M Hughes 1 McGarvey Thomas 1 Grimes Davies
4/20/81 Liverpool League Home 1-2 Pears Nicholl Keen Lane Connell Sloan 1 McIlroy M Hughes McGarvey Thomas Grimes Lynam
4/22/81 Blackburn Rovers League Away 0-1 Pears Whelan Jeffrey Lane Connell Sloan Lynam M Hughes McGarvey Davies Worrall Keen
5/2/81 West Bromwich Albion League Home 0-1 Pears Whelan Keen Lane Connell Sloan Davies M Hughes McGarvey Thomas Grimes Jeffrey
5/4/81 Preston North End League Away 2-2 Pears Whelan Connell Davies 1 Jeffrey Lane Sloan Worrall M Hughes 1 Thomas Wynn Keen

Squad Stats

RES APPS AND GOALS 1980/81
League
Name Apps Gls
Gary Birtles 1
Martin Buchan 3
Tom Connell 33 1
Alan Davies 28 (4) 4
Mike Duxbury 5
Jimmy Greenhoff 7 2
Ashley Grimes 15 2
Mark Hughes 9 2
David Jeffrey 4 (1)
Joe Jordan 1 1
Nikolai Jovanovic 7
Nigel Keen 25 (3)
Danny Keough 2
Barry Knox 19 2
Martin Lane 41 (1) 1
Chris Lynam 28 (2) 6
Scott McGarvey 34 11
Chris McGrath 21 2
Sammy McIlroy 7 1
Gordon McQueen 5
Kevin Moran 2
Jimmy Nicholl 3
Steve Pears 18
Andy Ritchie 5 3
Chris Roberts 3
Paddy Roche 19
Tom Sloan 33 4
Smith 5
Mickey Thomas 6 1
Anto Whelan 33 1
Ray Wilkins 8
Gary Worrall 28 (3) 1
David Wynn 4 (1) 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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Sons of United

The Birth of the Babes

Fergie’s Fledglings

A huge thanks to Eifion Evans for his assistance.