MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1997/98 (PONTINS LEAGUE)
Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
8/14/97 Leeds United League Away 0-3 Pilkington G Neville O’Kane Wallwork Curtis Mulryne Cooke Beckham McClair Twiss Thornley Brebner Notman (10) Teather
8/20/97 Blackburn Rovers League Home 2-2 Van der Gouw Curtis O’Kane Casper Wallwork Teather Cooke Twiss McClair 1 Notman 1 Thornley Mustoe Higginbotham D Brown
8/25/97 Aston Villa League Home 1-0 Van der Gouw Curtis O’Kane Casper Wallwork Teather Cooke Twiss McClair Mulryne Thornley 1 Brebner Higginbotham Notman (6)
9/10/97 Sheffield Wednesday League Home 4-0 Van der Gouw O’Kane Higginbotham Clegg Wallwork Teather Cooke 1 McClair Cole 1 Poborsky 1 Thornley 1 Notman Twiss (3) Mustoe (7)
9/22/97 Derby County League Away 4-0 Pilkington Curtis O’Kane Wallwork Clegg Teather Mulryne 1 Nevland McClair Solskjaer 2 Thornley 1 Brebner (10) Van der Gouw (1) Twiss (8)
9/29/97 Tranmere Rovers League Home 1-2 625 Van der Gouw Clegg Curtis May Wallwork Teather Mulryne Twiss Notman Nevland Thornley O’Kane 1 (8) D Brown (6) Mustoe
10/7/97 Everton League Away 2-3 Van der Gouw O’Kane Twiss May Wallwork Teather Mustoe Notman 1 McClair Tomlinson Thornley 1 D Brown (10) Higginbotham Brightwell
10/13/97 Nottingham Forest League Home 1-1 Pilkington O’Kane Twiss Wallwork Duncan Teather Mustoe Brebner Tomlinson Nevland Wilson D Brown 1 (10) Smith (4) Brightwell (11)
10/27/97 Liverpool League Away 2-2 Van der Gouw O’Kane Twiss Duncan Wallwork Mulryne Poborsky Notman 1 McClair 1 Tomlinson Thornley Teather (4) D Brown (10) Wilson
11/12/97 Stoke City League Home 4-2 Pilkington Wallwork Twiss Casper Johnsen Teather Mulryne Nevland 2 McClair Solskjaer 2 Thornley Notman (7) Brebner (3) Duncan
11/24/97 Preston North End League Home 5-2 Pilkington Clegg Curtis May Wallwork Teather Mulryne 1 Wilson Nevland 2 Notman 2 Thornley D Brown Twiss Ford (8)
12/2/97 Tranmere Rovers League Away 1-0 Van der Gouw Clegg Curtis Casper May Twiss Mulryne Nevland 1 McClair D Brown Thornley Wallwork Teather (6) Wilson
12/11/97 Blackburn Rovers League Away 1-3 Pilkington Curtis Clegg Casper Wallwork Teather Mulryne Twiss D Brown Nevland 1 Thornley Tomlinson (10) Wilson (6) O’Kane (9)
12/30/97 Leeds United League Home 1-1 Culkin Curtis Irwin Clegg Casper O’Kane Mulryne Nevland McClair 1 Notman Thornley Twiss Brebner Tomlinson (8)
1/7/98 Aston Villa League Away 1-0 Pilkington Curtis O’Kane Clegg Casper Twiss Mulryne Nevland 1 McClair Tomlinson Thornley Brebner Notman (10) Wilson
1/14/98 Birmingham City League Away 3-4 Pilkington Clegg P Neville Berg Casper 1 Wilson Mulryne Nevland 1 McClair Tomlinson Thornley Notman 1 (10) Twiss (11) Curtis
2/4/98 Sheffield Wednesday League Away 2-0 12,300 Van der Gouw Clegg Curtis Casper W Brown Twiss Cruyff 1 Tomlinson McClair Wood Thornley Higginbotham Notman 1 (8) Wilson (9)
3/9/98 Stoke City League Away 2-1 3,507 Pilkington Wallwork Higginbotham Casper W Brown Wellens Brightwell Mulryne D Brown Notman Twiss 1 Wood 1 (4) Ford (8) Smith
3/21/98 Derby County League Home 2-1 Pilkington W Brown Higginbotham May Casper Twiss Mulryne Nevland McClair Notman 2 Thornley Tomlinson (8) Wood (12) Ford
3/25/98 Liverpool League Home 0-1 Pilkington Ryan Higginbotham May Casper Ford Cruyff Twiss McClair Notman Thornley D Brown Brightwell Tomlinson
3/30/98 Preston North End League Away 6-1 9,072 Pilkington Curtis Higginbotham Casper W Brown Twiss 2 Mulryne Cruyff 1 McClair Notman 2 Thornley 1 Nevland (6) Wood Brightwell
4/14/98 Birmingham City League Home 2-0 Van der Gouw Clegg Curtis May Berg Mulryne 1 Cruyff Solskjaer 1 McClair Sheringham Thornley Notman (10) Ford (4) Healy (8)
4/22/98 Everton League Home 7-0 Culkin Clegg Higginbotham Casper Curtis Ford Cruyff Twiss 1 McClair 1 Solskjaer 4 Thornley 1 Notman Brightwell Wellens
4/29/98 Nottingham Forest League Away 1-0° Van der Gouw Clegg Curtis Casper Berg Twiss Cruyff Mulryne McClair Solskjaer Thornley Notman W Brown (5) Ford (3)

 

RESERVES APPS AND GOALS 1997/98
League
Name Apps Gls
David Beckham 1
Henning Berg 3
Grant Brebner 1 (2)
Stuart Brightwell 1 (1)
David Brown 3 (4) 1
Wes Brown 4 (1)
Chris Casper 15 1
Michael Clegg 13
Andy Cole 1 1
Terry Cooke 4 1
Jordi Cruyff 6 2
Nick Culkin 2
John Curtis 15
Andrew Duncan 2
Ryan Ford 2 (4)
David Healy 1 (1)
Danny Higginbotham 6
Denis Irwin 1
Ronny Johnsen 1
Brian McClair 19 4
David May 7
Phil Mulryne 17 3
Neil Mustoe 2 (1)
Gary Neville 1
Phil Neville 1
Erik Nevland 11 (1) 8
Alex Notman 10 (7) 11
John O’Kane 10 (2) 1
Kevin Pilkington 12
Karel Poborsky 2 1
Michael Ryan 1
Teddy Sheringham 1
Tommy Smith (1)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 5 9
Paul Teather 10 (2)
Ben Thornley 22 6
Graeme Tomlinson 6 (5)
Michael Twiss 18 (4) 4
Raimond van der Gouw 10 (1)
Ronnie Wallwork 13
Richie Wellens 1
Mark Wilson 3 (2)
Jamie Wood 1 (2) 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.