MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1996/97 (PONTINS LEAGUE)
Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
8/21/96 Oldham Athletic League Away 3-1 Pilkington Clegg O’Kane Casper Wallwork Appleton Cooke 1 Mulryne Davies Solskjaer 2 Twiss Macken (8) Gibson Teather
8/28/96 Everton League Home 5-2 Van der Gouw Curtis O’Kane 1 Casper Clegg Appleton Cooke Poborsky 1 Cole 2 Scholes 1 Thornley Davies Pilkington Mulryne
9/10/96 Derby County League Away 2-1 Pilkington Curtis Clegg Casper McGibbon Teather Mulryne O’Kane Macken 1 Davies Twiss 1 Wallwork (8) Wood (9) Trees
9/18/96 Tranmere Rovers League Home 5-1 Van der Gouw Appleton Wallwork May Casper Keane Cooke Scholes 1 Cole 3 McClair 1 Thornley Davies McGibbon Mulryne
9/26/96 Sheffield Wednesday League Away 1-2 Van der Gouw Appleton Clegg Casper Wallwork McClair Cooke Davies Cole Scholes 1 Thornley Mulryne Pilkington Brebner
9/30/96 Bolton Wanderers League Home 0-0 Van der Gouw Clegg Curtis Wallwork Casper Appleton Cooke Mulryne Cole Scholes Thornley D Brown (8) Pilkington Murdock
10/4/96 Liverpool League Away 3-0 8,968 Van der Gouw O’Kane Curtis Wallwork Casper Appleton Cooke McClair Cole Scholes 1 Thornley 1 Mulryne Pilkington Notman 1 (9)
10/21/96 Stoke City League Away 0-2 Pilkington Curtis O’Kane Wallwork Murdock Brebner Mulryne D Brown Twiss Davies Teather Duncan (5) Ford (3) Hilton (10)
11/9/96 Nottingham Forest League Away 4-0 Pilkington Clegg Curtis Casper Wallwork Appleton 1 Cooke Nevland 3 McClair Giggs Thornley Mulryne Macken Naylor
12/4/96 Birmingham City League Away 4-2 Culkin Clegg O’Kane Wallwork Duncan Curtis Brebner 1 Mulryne Macken Notman 2 Teather Hilton Wilson 1 (9) W Brown
12/18/96 Leeds United League Away 3-3 Gibson Teather Curtis Wallwork Casper Appleton Brebner Notman 1 Wilson Davies 1 Mulryne 1 Macken (9) Duncan Twiss (8)
12/23/96 Derby County League Home 2-2 Pilkington Teather O’Kane Casper Wallwork Appleton Brebner McClair Cole 1 Macken 1 Thornley Twiss (8) Duncan (2) Wellens (7)
1/8/97 Sheffield Wednesday League Home 3-0 Van der Gouw Clegg O’Kane Casper Wallwork Appleton Cruyff McClair Cole 1 Davies Thornley 2 Macken Duncan Mulryne
1/22/97 Tranmere Rovers League Away 3-2 Van der Gouw Clegg Curtis Duncan Wallwork McClair Cooke Cruyff 1 Cole 2 Davies Thornley Twiss Macken Teather (6)
2/26/97 Nottingham Forest League Home 4-0 Van der Gouw Clegg P Neville 1 McGibbon May McClair Cooke Cruyff 1 Tomlinson 2 Davies Thornley Macken (9) Duncan (4) Mulryne
3/17/97 Birmingham City League Home 2-1 Van der Gouw Clegg O’Kane Wallwork Casper Mulryne Cooke Scholes Tomlinson 2 Davies Thornley Brebner (8) Duncan Twiss (3)
3/25/97 Everton League Away 3-2 Van der Gouw Clegg O’Kane Casper Duncan McClair Cooke Scholes 1 Cruyff 2 Davies Thornley Brebner Macken Teather
3/29/97 Bolton Wanderers League Away 1-0 Gibson Clegg O’Kane Casper Duncan McClair Cooke Scholes Tomlinson Davies Thornley 1 Macken (9) Teather
4/2/97 Oldham Athletic League Home 1-1 Gibson Clegg O’Kane Casper Wallwork McClair Cooke Scholes Cole 1 Cruyff Thornley Davies (9) Macken Duncan
4/14/97 Liverpool League Home 4-0 Gibson Clegg 1 O’Kane Casper Wallwork Curtis Cooke 2 Appleton Tomlinson Davies Mulryne Macken 1 (9) Duncan Teather (8)
4/26/97 Leeds United League Home 1-2 Van der Gouw Clegg Wallwork Casper Murdock Appleton Cooke McClair Tomlinson 1 Davies Macken Brebner Twiss (7) Teather
5/1/97 Blackburn Rovers League Home 0-0 Pilkington Clegg O’Kane Casper Wallwork Appleton Cooke Teather Macken Davies Twiss Brebner (11) Duncan Notman
5/5/97 Blackburn Rovers League Away 1-0 Pilkington Curtis O’Kane Murdock Duncan Appleton Brebner 1 Mulryne Macken Davies Thornley Mustoe Teather Twiss
5/13/97 Stoke City League Home 0-0 Pilkington Twiss Teather Murdock Wallwork Mulryne Cooke Appleton Macken Davies Thornley Brebner Mustoe Clegg

 

RESERVES APPS AND GOALS 1996/97
League
Name Apps Gls
Michael Appleton 15 1
Grant Brebner 5 (2) 2
David Brown 1 (1)
Chris Casper 18
Michael Clegg 17 1
Andy Cole 9 10
Terry Cooke 17 3
Jordi Cruyff 5 4
Nick Culkin 1
John Curtis 11
Simon Davies 16 (1) 1
Andrew Duncan 5 (3)
Ryan Ford (1)
Paul Gibson 3
Ryan Giggs 1
David Hilton (1)
Roy Keane 1
Brian McClair 12 1
Pat McGibbon 2
Jonathan Macken 7 (5) 2
David May 2
Phil Mulryne 10 1
Colin Murdock 4
Phil Neville 1 1
Erik Nevland 1 3
Alex Notman 2 (1) 4
John O’Kane 15 1
Kevin Pilkington 8
Karel Poborsky 1 1
Paul Scholes 9 5
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 1 2
Paul Teather 7 (2)
Ben Thornley 16 4
Graeme Tomlinson 5 5
Michael Twiss 5 (4) 1
Raimond van der Gouw 12
Ronnie Wallwork 18 (1) 1
Richie Wellens (1)
Mark Wilson 1 (1) 1
Jamie Wood (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.