Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
8/28/84 Coventry City League Home 3-0 Pears Gidman 1 Robinson Murphy Garton 1 Ratcliffe Davies Wood Blackmore 1 Graham Muhren Kelch
9/5/84 Newcastle United League Away 1-2 Pears Gidman Robinson Murphy Russell Ratcliffe Davies Dempsey Blackmore Wood 1 Graham Kelch (5)
9/11/84 Barnsley League Home 2-0 Pears Gidman Robinson Murphy Garton Ratcliffe Graham Blackmore 1 Platt Wood 1 Muhren Dempsey (9)
9/20/84 Sheffield United League Away 1-2 Pears Gidman Robinson Murphy Garton 1 Ratcliffe Davies Dempsey Wood Brazil Blackmore Platt
9/27/84 Liverpool League Home 1-2 Pears Blackmore Robinson Murphy Ratcliffe McQueen Davies Dempsey Stapleton 1 Platt Russell McGuinness (11)
10/4/84 Derby County League Away 1-4 Pears Ratcliffe Robinson Blackmore Garton McQueen Davies Dempsey Stapleton Platt 1 Graham McGuinness
10/9/84 Notts County League Home 1-1 Pears Gidman Robinson Murphy Garton McQueen Davies Dempsey Whiteside Platt Graham 1 Ratcliffe
10/16/84 Everton League Away 2-1 Pears Gidman Robinson Murphy Garton McQueen McGuinness Dempsey 1 Platt Blackmore Worthington 1 Russell
10/25/84 Blackburn Rovers League Away 3-1 Pears Davies Blackmore 1 Murphy Garton McQueen McGuinness Dempsey Stapleton 1 Whiteside Muhren 1 Robinson (10)
11/13/84 Stoke City League Home 1-1 Pears Duxbury Blackmore Murphy McQueen Ratcliffe Dempsey Platt 1 Worthington Muhren Graham McGuinness
11/20/84 Nottingham Forest League Home 7-1 Pears Davies Blackmore Murphy 3 Garton Ratcliffe Dempsey Muhren 2 Stapleton 2 Wood Graham McGuinness
11/24/84 Aston Villa League Home 2-0 Pears Davies Blackmore Murphy P McGrath Ratcliffe Dempsey McGuinness Stapleton 1 Brazil 1 Graham Wood
11/29/84 Manchester City League Away 3-0 1,240 Pears Davies Blackmore Murphy 2 Garton P McGrath McGuinness Brazil 1 Stapleton Muhren Graham Wood (8)
12/4/84 Bradford City League Home 3-1 Pears Davies Blackmore Murphy 1 Garton Robinson McGuinness Brazil 1 Stapleton Muhren Graham 1 Wood (8)
12/10/84 Huddersfield Town League Away 1-3 Pears Davies Scott Murphy Garton Robinson Dempsey McGuinness Platt Wood 1 Graham Kelch (7)
12/18/84 Sheffield Wednesday League Home 1-0 Pears Davies Blackmore Murphy Garton P McGrath Dempsey McGuinness Whiteside 1 Wood Graham Platt (9)
1/15/85 Newcastle United League Home 3-1 Pears Gidman Blackmore Murphy Moran Hogg Graham Davies Whiteside 2 Brazil Olsen 1 Garton
2/5/85 Derby County League Home 7-1° Wealands Duxbury Scott Murphy McQueen Garton Davies Muhren Worthington 4 Blackmore Graham 2 Wood
2/16/85 Liverpool League Away 2-0 Pears Duxbury Scott Murphy 1 McQueen Garton Davies Muhren Stapleton 1 Brazil Graham McGuinness
2/20/85 Stoke City League Away 0-1 Pears Duxbury Scott Murphy McQueen Garton Davies McGuinness Stapleton Brazil Graham Robinson
2/26/85 West Bromwich Albion League Home 4-0° Pears Duxbury Scott McGuinness McQueen Garton Dempsey 1 Blackmore 1 Worthington Brazil Graham 1 Robinson
3/9/85 Aston Villa League Away 1-0 Pears Scott Dempsey Murphy McQueen Garton Robson Muhren Blackmore Worthington Graham 1 McLoughlin
3/12/85 Blackburn Rovers League Home 2-0 Digby Garton Scott Murphy McQueen Dempsey Robson Muhren Brazil 1 Blackmore 1 Graham McGuinness
3/16/85 Everton League Home 0-1 Digby Garton Scott Murphy McQueen Dempsey Robson Davies Brazil Blackmore Worthington McLoughlin (7)
3/21/85 Sheffield Wednesday League Away 2-1 Pears Garton Scott Murphy McQueen Moran Dempsey Davies Blackmore Brazil 2 Graham Worthington
3/26/85 Notts County League Away 2-1 Pears Garton Scott Dempsey 1 McQueen Moran Davies Muhren 1 Blackmore Brazil Graham Murphy (11)
4/3/85 Nottingham Forest League Away 2-0 Pears Garton Scott McGuinness McQueen Moran Davies Dempsey Blackmore 1 Brazil 1 Worthington Wood (4)
4/6/85 West Bromwich Albion League Away 2-0 Pears Garton Scott Dempsey 1 McQueen Moran Davies Muhren Wood Brazil 1 Graham McGuinness (11)
4/10/85 Manchester City League Home 1-2 1,111 Digby Garton McLoughlin Dempsey McQueen Moran Davies 1 Muhren Wood Brazil Graham Worthington (3)
4/20/85 Sheffield United League Home 4-0° Pears Duxbury Blackmore Dempsey 1 Garton Moran Davies Muhren Wood 1 Brazil 1 Graham Gill (8)
4/24/85 Coventry City League Away 3-1 Pears Garton Blackmore Murphy Moran McQueen Dempsey 1 Muhren Wood 1 Brazil 1 Graham Russell
4/28/85 Barnsley League Away 1-3 Pears Scott Duxbury Murphy Garton 1 Hogg Dempsey Muhren Wood Worthington Graham Robinson
5/1/85 Huddersfield Town League Home 6-0 Pears Duxbury McLoughlin Murphy 1 Garton 1 Hogg Dempsey Muhren 1 Wood Blackmore 1 Graham 1 Robinson 1 (2)
5/7/85 Bradford City League Away 1-1 Pears Duxbury Robinson Murphy McQueen Garton 1 Dempsey Muhren Wood Blackmore Graham Scott


Name Apps Gls
Clayton Blackmore 27 7
Alan Brazil 17 10
Alan Davies 24 1
Mark Dempsey 26 (1) 6
Fraser Digby 3
Mike Duxbury 9
Billy Garton 29 5
John Gidman 7 1
Tony Gill (1)
Arthur Graham 28 7
Graeme Hogg 3
Pat Kelch (2)
Paul McGrath 3
Paul McGuinness 10 (2)
Alan McLoughlin 2 (1)
Gordon McQueen 20
Kevin Moran 8
Arnold Muhren 19 5
Aidan Murphy 27 (1) 8
Jesper Olsen 1 1
Steve Pears 30
David Platt 7 (1) 2
Simon Ratcliffe 9
Andrew Robinson 11 (2) 1
Bryan Robson 3
Martin Russell 2
Ken Scott 13
Frank Stapleton 9 6
Jeff Wealands 1
Norman Whiteside 4 3
Nicky Wood 14 (3) 5
Gary Worthington 8 (1) 5

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.


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


Sons of United

The Birth of the Babes

Fergie’s Fledglings

A huge thanks to Eifion Evans for his assistance.