FA Youth Cup
|Number of teams||474|
|Current champions||Norwich City (2012–13)|
|Most successful club(s)||Manchester United (10)|
|Website||The FA Youth Cup|
|2013–14 FA Youth Cup|
The Football Association Youth Challenge Cup is an English football competition run by The Football Association for under–18 sides. Only those players between the age of 15 and 18 on 31 August of the current season are eligible to take part. It is dominated by the youth sides of professional teams, mostly from the Premier League, but attracts over 400 entrants from throughout the country.
At the end of the Second World War the FA had decided to organise a Youth Championship for County Associations considering it the best way to stimulate the game among those youngsters not yet old enough to play senior football. The matches did not attract large crowds but outstanding players were selected for Youth Internationals and thousands were given the chance to play in a national contest for the first time. In 1951 it was realised that a competition for clubs would probably have a wider appeal. The FA Youth Challenge Cup (season 1952-53) was restricted to the youth teams of clubs, both professional and amateur, who were members of the FA.
The notion of a youth cup was thought of by Sir Joe Richards, the late President of the Football League. He initially put forward the idea to the league clubs but they were not enthused, Richards then took the idea to the Football association who liked the idea and created the competition in the same year. The Youth Cup trophy itself was purchased by the Football League during World War II however they never found a use for it. Football League secretary Fred Howarth found the trophy in a cupboard at the Starkie Street office and handed it over to the Football Association.
The tournament has served as a springboard into the professional game for many top British players. The likes of George Best, John Barnes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Frank Lampard, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Joe Cole, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Adam Johnson and Gareth Bale had all won the tournament or played in the final. The 1991-92 FA Youth Cup famously spawned the rise of Fergie's Fledglings.
- For squads see FA Youth Cup Finals.
- Finals were played over 2 legs; the aggregate scores are given below.
|Club||Wins||Runners-up||Winning years||Runners-up years|
|Manchester United||10||4||1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1964, 1992, 1995, 2003, 2011||1982, 1986, 1993, 2007|
|Arsenal||7||1||1966, 1971, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2009||1965|
|Chelsea||4||3||1960, 1961, 2010, 2012||1958, 2008, 2013|
|West Ham United||3||4||1963, 1981, 1999||1957, 1959, 1975, 1996|
|Everton||3||4||1965, 1984, 1998||1961, 1977, 1983, 2002|
|Aston Villa||3||3||1972, 1980, 2002||1978, 2004, 2010|
|Liverpool||3||3||1996, 2006, 2007||1963, 1972, 2009|
|Tottenham Hotspur||3||2||1970, 1974, 1990||1981, 1995|
|Ipswich Town||3||0||1973, 1975, 2005|
|Manchester City||2||4||1986, 2008||1979, 1980, 1989, 2006|
|Crystal Palace||2||2||1977, 1978||1992, 1997|
|Leeds United||2||0||1993, 1997|
|Newcastle United||2||0||1962, 1985|
|Norwich City||2||0||1983, 2013|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||1||4||1958||1953, 1954, 1962, 1976|
|Coventry City||1||4||1987||1968, 1970, 1999, 2000|
|Blackburn Rovers||1||3||1959||1998, 2001, 2012|
|West Bromwich Albion||1||2||1976||1955, 1969|
|Preston North End||0||1||1960|
FA Cup and FA Youth Cup double
Only five clubs have ever achieved the FA Cup and FA Youth Cup 'double'.
Chelsea F.C are the only club to achieve this twice.
- Arsenal (1970–71)
- Everton (1983–84)
- Coventry City (1986–87)
- Liverpool (2005–06)
- Chelsea (2009–10 & 2011–12)
Chelsea (2009–10) and Arsenal won the top flight in their double cup years.
The highest attendance at an FA Youth Cup match was 38,187 for the first leg of the Arsenal against Manchester United semi-final at the Emirates Stadium on 14 March 2007, which Arsenal won 1–0. In 2013, around 3,000 Norwich fans traveled to the Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the 2012–13 final on 22 coaches arranged by the club. This followed a 22,000 attendance for the home leg of the final at the Carrow Road.
International capped winners
- Table is ordered by date of first cap.
|Alan Smith||Leeds United||2001|
|Matt Jones||Leeds United||1998|
|Stephen McPhail||Leeds United||2001|
|Harry Kewell||Leeds United||1996|
|Alan Maybury||Leeds United||1998|
|Jonathan Woodgate||Leeds United||1999|
|Paul Robinson||Leeds United||2003|
|Philip Mulryne||Manchester United||1997|
|David Johnson||Manchester United||2003|
|Phil Neville||Manchester United||1996|
|Keith Gillespie||Manchester United||1994|
|Ryan Giggs||Manchester United||1991|
|Robbie Savage||Manchester United||1995|
|Simon Davies||Manchester United||1996|
|Nicky Butt||Manchester United||1997|
|David Beckham||Manchester United||1996|
|Gary Neville||Manchester United||1995|
|Paul Scholes||Manchester United||1997|
|Joe Cole||West Ham United||1999|
|Michael Carrick||West Ham United||1999|
|Richard Garcia||West Ham United||2008|
|Adam Newton||West Ham United||2004|
|Jeremy Goss||Norwich City||1991||–||Paul Gascoigne||Newcastle United||1988|
|John Gidman||Aston Villa||1978|
|Brian Little||Aston Villa||1975|
- FA Youth Cup Finals
- FA Cup
- U21 Premier League Cup
- Professional Development League
- Football League Youth Alliance
- FA Youth Cup history: TheFA.com website.
- Inglis, Simon. Football League and the men who made it. Harper Collins. p. 205. ISBN 978-0002182423.
- Match report on Arsenal F.C. official website.
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