MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1998/99 (PONTINS LEAGUE AND MANCHESTER SENIOR CUP)
Date Opponents Comp Venue Res Att 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
8/20/98 Sunderland League Home 0-0 Gibson M Clegg Curtis Casper Wallwork Wilson Cooke Wellens Greening Notman Higginbotham Teather Wood (9) Nevland (7)
9/2/98 Aston Villa League Home 4-0° Van der Gouw M Clegg Higginbotham May Wallwork Teather Cooke Wilson 2 Greening 1 Cruyff Blomqvist Wood Healy (11) Best (5)
9/5/98 Everton League Away 2-0 2,527 Van der Gouw M Clegg Higginbotham May Casper Teather Cooke Wilson Greening 1 Cruyff 1 Blomqvist Wallwork (6) Wood (9) Healy
9/17/98 Birmingham City League Home 3-2 Van der Gouw M Clegg Curtis May Brown Mulryne Cruyff 1 Butt Cole Sheringham 2 Blomqvist Wallwork Culkin Nevland (9) Cooke (10) Wilson (6)
9/25/98 Liverpool League Away 2-0 Van der Gouw M Clegg Curtis May Berg Wilson Cooke Cruyff 1 Nevland Notman 1 Mulryne Wallwork Culkin Teather (6) Greening (9) Wood
10/1/98 Nottingham Forest League Home 1-0 Culkin M Clegg Curtis Brown Wallwork Wilson Cooke 1 Wellens Greening Notman Mulryne Ford Gibson Best Healy (10) Roche (4)
10/14/98 Blackburn Rovers League Home 3-2 Gibson M Clegg D Studley Wallwork O’Shea Wilson 1 Cooke Mulryne Greening 2 Cruyff Ford Wellens (3) Rachubka Wood Healy Thorrington
11/3/98 Stoke City League Home 4-1 Gibson M Clegg Curtis May Johnsen Wallwork Wilson 1 Butt Nevland Notman 1 Greening 1 Wood 1 (10) Culkin Ford (8) Healy Teather (3)
11/16/98 Leicester City League Away 6-2 14,326 Van der Gouw M Clegg 1 Roche O’Shea Wallwork Teather Wellens 1 Wilson 1 Nevland Greening 3 Ford Wood Culkin Ryan Thorrington Chadwick (6)
11/24/98 Leeds United League Away 1-5 Culkin Stewart Roche O’Shea Wallwork Teather Wellens Mulryne Nevland Sheringham 1 Greening Wood Notman Healy Ford Chadwick
12/17/98 Sunderland League Away 0-2 20,583 Van der Gouw M Clegg Curtis Berg Teather Ford Thorrington Mulryne Notman Cruyff Greening Healy (9) Culkin Ryan McDermott M Rose
1/6/99 Aston Villa League Away 5-1 Culkin M Clegg P Neville May Curtis Teather Cruyff 1 Mulryne 1 Bakircioglu Solskjaer 2 Greening 1 Wilson (6) Gibson Nevland Notman (9) Healy
1/19/99 Derby County League Away 2-2 2,531 Van der Gouw Ryan Curtis May O’Shea Ford Mulryne Wilson 1 Nevland 1 Notman Greening Healy (10) Culkin S Rose (2) G Clegg Wellens
1/27/99 Derby County League Home 4-0 Van der Gouw M Clegg Curtis May Brown P Neville Mulryne Wilson 1 Nevland 1 Notman 1 Greening Healy Culkin Wellens Chadwick 1 (10) Ford
2/3/99 Birmingham City League Away 1-1 Culkin M Clegg Curtis S Rose Brown Wilson Chadwick Mulryne Nevland Healy 1 Greening Ford Gibson Hilton Wellens Ryan
2/8/99 Preston North End League Away 1-0 2,478 Van der Gouw S Rose M Clegg May O’Shea Ford Wellens Wilson Notman Fitzpatrick Mulryne 1 Thorrington Gibson G Clegg Stewart Ryan (10)
2/24/99 Nottingham Forest League Away 1-1 Van der Gouw M Clegg 1 Curtis May Brown O’Shea Mulryne Wilson Healy Greening Stewart Thorrington (4) Culkin Ryan G Clegg Cosgrove
3/10/99 Oldham Athletic MSC Away 3-2 Gibson M Clegg 1 Curtis S Rose O’Shea Ford Stewart Wilson Healy Sheringham 1 Greening 1 Ryan Culkin Hilton Howard Cosgrove
3/15/99 Blackburn Rovers League Away 0-1 Culkin M Clegg Curtis May Brown Ford Mulryne Wilson Healy Chadwick Greening Ryan O’Shea (5) Wellens (6) Stewart Roche
3/22/99 Stoke City League Away 1-3 Culkin M Clegg Roche May 1 O’Shea Ford Mulryne Wilson Healy Sheringham Chadwick S Rose Stewart Cosgrove Wellens (6)
3/27/99 Everton League Home 3-0 15,646 Culkin M Clegg Curtis May O’Shea 1 Ford Wellens Wilson Fitzpatrick 2 Stewart Greening Hilton Cosgrove Evans
3/31/99 Bury MSC Away 4-1 Van der Gouw M Clegg Curtis May 1 Brown Ford Wellens Wilson 1 Fitzpatrick 1 Stewart Greening O’Shea 1 (5) Culkin Hilton Cosgrove Howard
4/6/99 Manchester City MSC Away 5-1 3,457 Culkin M Clegg 1 Curtis May O’Shea Ford 1 Wellens Wilson 1 Healy 1 Stewart Greening 1 Fitzpatrick Evans Wheatcroft Hilton Howard
4/13/99 Leicester City League Home 0-2 Culkin Ford Curtis May O’Shea Stewart Wellens Wilson Fitzpatrick Healy Chadwick Cosgrove Marsh Wheatcroft (9) Howard Lynch
4/16/99 Bury MSC Home 2-4 Marsh Strange M Studley Gaff Jones Ford Wellens M Rose Healy 1 Stewart Wood 1 Hickson Whiteley (5) Walker
4/19/99 Manchester City MSC Home 2-2 Culkin M Clegg M Studley May Curtis Ford Wellens Wilson Healy* 1 Stewart Greening 1 Chadwick (11) Rachubka Whiteley (4) Hickson Strange (10)
*lost 1-4 on pens
4/22/99 Liverpool League Home 0-1 Hoie M Clegg Curtis May Brown Ford Wellens Wilson Healy P Neville Greening O’Shea (5) Culkin Fitzpatrick Howard (10) G Clegg (6)
4/28/99 Leeds United League Home 4-1 Van der Gouw S Rose G Clegg M Clegg O’Shea Ford Wellens Wilson 2 Healy 1 Thorrington Chadwick 1 Fitzpatrick Culkin Wheatcroft Cosgrove Howard
5/3/99 Preston North End League Home 0-1 Culkin S Rose Curtis M Clegg O’Shea Ford Wellens Wilson Healy Chadwick Greening Fitzpatrick (9) Rachubka Thorrington (11) Hilton Howard
5/5/99 Oldham Athletic MSC Home 0-1 Culkin M Clegg G Clegg S Rose O’Shea Ford Wellens Thorrington Wheatcroft Fitzpatrick Chadwick Howard (9) Marsh Stewart Evans Cosgrove
5/13/99 Oldham Athletic MSC Fin Away 3-0 Culkin M Clegg Curtis O’Shea Brown Ford Wellens Wilson 1 Healy 1 Chadwick 1 Greening S Rose Thorrington Hilton Fitzpatrick G Clegg

 

RESERVES APPEARANCES AND GOALS 1998/99
League MSC
Name Apps Gls Apps Gls
Kennedy Bakircioglu 1
Russell Best (1)
Henning Berg 2
Jesper Blomqvist 3
Wes Brown 7 2
Nicky Butt 2
Chris Casper 2
Luke Chadwick 6 (2) 2 2 (1) 1
George Clegg 1 (1) 1
Michael Clegg 21 2 6 2
Andy Cole 1
Terry Cooke 6 (1) 1
Jordi Cruyff 7 4
Nick Culkin 9 4
John Curtis 16 5
Ian Fitzpatrick 3 (1) 2 2 1
Ryan Ford 12 (1) 7 1
Gerard Gaff 1
Paul Gibson 3 1
Jonathan Greening 18 (1) 9 5 3
David Healy 8 (4) 2 5 4
Danny Higginbotham 3
Kenneth Hoie 1
Josh Howard (1) (1)
Ronny Johnsen 1
Rhodri Jones 1
Allan Marsh 1
David May 15 1 3 1
Phil Mulryne 14 2
Phil Neville 3
Erik Nevland 7 (2) 2
Alex Notman 8 (1) 3
John O’Shea 11 (2) 1 4 (1) 1
Lee Roche 3 (1)
Michael Rose 1
Steven Rose 4 (1) 2
Michael Ryan 1 (1)
Teddy Sheringham 3 3 1 1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 1 2
Michael Stewart 4 5
Gareth Strange 1 (1)
Dominic Studley 1
Mark Studley 2
Paul Teather 6 (2)
John Thorrington 2 (2) 1
Raimond van der Gouw 11 1
Ronnie Wallwork 7 (1)
Richie Wellens 10 (3) 1 6
Paul Wheatcroft (1) 1
Lee Whiteley (2)
Mark Wilson 20 (2) 9 5 3
Jamie Wood (3) 1 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.