Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
8/24/85 Aston Villa League Home 1-2 Turner McLoughlin Blackmore Murphy Garton Robinson Dempsey McGuinness Worthington 1 Hanrahan Barnes Gill (8)
8/28/85 Sheffield United League Away 5-0 Turner McLoughlin Blackmore Murphy Garton Robinson Dempsey 3 McGuinness 1 A Brazil Hanrahan 1 Barnes Worthington
9/4/85 Blackburn Rovers League Away 1-0 Turner Ratcliffe Blackmore Murphy Garton Moran Robinson McGuinness Wood Hanrahan 1 Russell Worthington (9)
9/10/85 Barnsley League Home 1-0 Walsh Ratcliffe McLoughlin Robinson Garton Moran Dempsey McGuinness Hanrahan A Brazil 1 Russell Wood (9)
9/14/85 Everton League Home 4-2 Walsh Garton Blackmore 2 Murphy Moran Higgins Dempsey 1 McGuinness 1 Hanrahan Wood Russell Robinson
9/24/85 Manchester City League Away 1-1 1,785 Digby Ratcliffe McLoughlin Murphy Garton Higgins Moses McGuinness Hanrahan Wood Russell 1 Robinson (8)
10/1/85 Leeds United League Away 4-2 Digby Ratcliffe Blackmore Moses Garton 1 Higgins Dempsey 1 Russell Wood 1 A Brazil Olsen 1 Murphy (11)
10/5/85 Liverpool League Home 2-3 Digby Garton Blackmore Murphy Higgins Hogg Dempsey 1 Russell Wood Hanrahan Olsen Worthington 1 (10)
10/24/85 Wigan Athletic League Home 1-0 Turner McLoughlin Ratcliffe Gill Garton Higgins Dempsey McGuinness Wood Hanrahan 1 Russell Murphy
10/30/85 Hull City League Away 0-1 Turner McLoughlin Blackmore Gill Garton Higgins Dempsey McGuinness Wood Hanrahan Russell Ratcliffe
11/4/85 Leicester City League Away 3-0 Turner Gidman Blackmore McGuinness Ratcliffe Higgins Dempsey Strachan Hanrahan 1 Wood 1 Russell Murphy 1 (9)
11/13/85 Huddersfield Town League Away 2-1 Turner Garton Blackmore Higgins Ratcliffe Dempsey Murphy Russell A Brazil Wood 1 Gill 1 Robinson
11/19/85 Derby County League Home 2-0 Turner Garton Blackmore Murphy 1 Ratcliffe Hogg Gill Dempsey 1 A Brazil Wood Russell Robinson (3)
12/11/85 Newcastle United League Away 0-1 Turner Duxbury Gill Ratcliffe Higgins Robinson Murphy McGuinness Hanrahan Wood Russell McLoughlin (8)
12/16/85 Blackburn Rovers League Home 2-1 Turner McLoughlin Albiston Duxbury Ratcliffe 1 Higgins Dempsey Todd A Brazil 1 Wood Russell Robinson
12/28/85 Manchester City League Home 2-0 963 Bailey Duxbury Albiston Murphy Ratcliffe Higgins Dempsey McLoughlin A Brazil Wood 1 Russell 1 Todd
1/11/86 Newcastle United League Home 0-2 Turner McLoughlin Martin Murphy Ratcliffe Scott Dempsey Worthington A Brazil Russell Barnes Todd
1/18/86 Aston Villa League Away 1-0 Turner Duxbury Martin McGuinness Ratcliffe Hogg Dempsey Gill Hanrahan A Brazil Todd 1 Worthington (11)
1/22/86 Barnsley League Away 1-2 Turner Duxbury Martin Murphy Ratcliffe McGrath Robson Dempsey Hanrahan 1 Wood McLoughlin Gill (5)
1/30/86 Sheffield United League Home 1-0 Turner Sivebaek McLoughlin Duxbury Ratcliffe Garton McGuinness Russell Hughes T Gibson 1 Barnes Wood (11)
2/1/86 Sheffield Wednesday League Away 0-0 Turner Sivebaek Martin Duxbury Ratcliffe Garton Dempsey Gill Worthington Wood McLoughlin McGuinness (4)
2/13/86 Sheffield Wednesday League Home 0-2 Digby Sivebaek Gill Duxbury Garton Ratcliffe Dempsey Blackmore Hanrahan T Gibson Barnes Wood (10)
2/22/86 Everton League Away 0-0 Bailey Sivebaek McLoughlin Duxbury Garton Higgins Gill Wood Hanrahan Russell Barnes Murphy
3/1/86 Leeds United League Home 1-2 Bailey Sivebaek Martin Murphy Gill 1 Higgins Dempsey Wood Hanrahan Russell Barnes Wilson (8)
3/15/86 Liverpool League Away 2-1 Bailey McLoughlin Martin McGuinness Ratcliffe Murphy 1 Gill Hanrahan Hughes Russell Barnes Wood 1 (3)
3/24/86 Hull City League Home 2-0 Walsh Gidman Martin Gill Ratcliffe Higgins Dempsey T Gibson 2 Hanrahan Russell Barnes Wood
3/26/86 Leicester City League Home 1-1 Walsh Duxbury Martin Gill Ratcliffe Hogg Robson T Gibson Hanrahan 1 Russell Barnes Wood (9)
4/1/86 Huddersfield Town League Home 2-1 Bailey Sivebaek 1 Gill Duxbury Ratcliffe Hogg Dempsey Murphy Stapleton 1 T Gibson Olsen Wood
4/12/86 Wigan Athletic League Away 4-0 Bailey Garton 1 Blackmore McGuinness Ratcliffe Hogg Dempsey Hanrahan Wood 2 Russell Barnes 1 McLoughlin (3)
4/14/86 Nottingham Forest League Home 1-1 Bailey Garton Blackmore McGuinness Ratcliffe Hogg Dempsey 1 Hanrahan Wood Russell Barnes McLoughlin (10)
4/19/86 West Bromwich Albion League Home 1-0 Bailey Sivebaek Martin McGuinness Ratcliffe Hogg Dempsey 1 Todd Wood Worthington Barnes Russell
4/24/86 Nottingham Forest League Away 0-2 Digby Sivebaek Hogg McGuinness Ratcliffe Higgins Dempsey Moses Wood Worthington Russell McLoughlin (4)
4/28/86 West Bromwich Albion League Away 5-1 Digby Sivebaek McLoughlin Moses Hogg Higgins Dempsey Hanrahan 3 Wood 2 Russell Barnes Ratcliffe
5/4/86 Derby County League Away 2-3 Digby Gill Martin Todd Ratcliffe 1 Scott Dempsey Hanrahan Wood Russell Barnes 1 Gardner


Name Apps Gls
Arthur Albiston 2
Gary Bailey 8
Peter Barnes 15 2
Clayton Blackmore 13 2
Alan Brazil 9 2
Mark Dempsey 27 9
Fraser Digby 7
Mike Duxbury 11
Billy Garton 18 2
Terry Gibson 5 3
John Gidman 2
Tony Gill 15 (2) 2
Joe Hanrahan 23 9
Mark Higgins 16
Graeme Hogg 10
Mark Hughes 2
Paul McGrath 1
Paul McGuinness 17 (1) 2
Alan McLoughlin 15 (4)
Lee Martin 10
Kevin Moran 3
Remi Moses 4
Aidan Murphy 15 (2) 3
Jesper Olsen 3 1
Simon Ratcliffe 26 2
Andrew Robinson 5 (2)
Bryan Robson 2
Martin Russell 26 2
Ken Scott 2
John Sivebaek 9 1
Frank Stapleton 1 1
Gordon Strachan 1
Mark Todd 4 1
Chris Turner 15
Gary Walsh 4
David Wilson (1)
Nicky Wood 23 (5) 9
Gary Worthington 5 (3) 2

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.