FA Youth Cup

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FA Youth Cup
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Founded 1952
Region  England
 Wales
Number of teams 474
Current champions Chelsea (2013–14)
Most successful club(s) Manchester United (10 wins)
Website The FA Youth Cup
2014–15 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[2]

Manchester United are the competition's most successful club, winning it ten times. The current holders are Chelsea.

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.

Previous finals[edit]

For squads see FA Youth Cup Finals.
  • Finals were played over 2 legs; the aggregate scores are given below.
Year Winners Score Runners–up Notes
1953 Manchester United 9–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1954 Manchester United 5–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1955 Manchester United 7–1 West Bromwich Albion
1956 Manchester United 4–3 Chesterfield
1957 Manchester United 8–2 West Ham United
1958 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7–6 Chelsea
1959 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 West Ham United
1960 Chelsea 5–2 Preston North End
1961 Chelsea 5–3 Everton
1962 Newcastle United 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1963 West Ham United 6–5 Liverpool
1964 Manchester United 5–2 Swindon Town
1965 Everton 3–2 Arsenal
1966 Arsenal 5–3 Sunderland
1967 Sunderland 2–0 Birmingham City
1968 Burnley 3–2 Coventry City
1969 Sunderland 6–3 West Bromwich Albion
1970 Tottenham Hotspur 4–3 Coventry City
1971 Arsenal 2–0 Cardiff City
1972 Aston Villa 5–2 Liverpool
1973 Ipswich Town 4–1 Bristol City
1974 Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Huddersfield Town
1975 Ipswich Town 5–1 West Ham United
1976 West Bromwich Albion 5–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1977 Crystal Palace 1–0 Everton
1978 Crystal Palace 1–0 Aston Villa
1979 Millwall 2–0 Manchester City
1980 Aston Villa 3–2 Manchester City
1981 West Ham United 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur
1982 Watford 7–6 Manchester United
1983 Norwich City 6–5 Everton Aggregated extra time
1984 Everton 4–2 Stoke City
1985 Newcastle United 4–1 Watford
1986 Manchester City 3–1 Manchester United
1987 Coventry City 2–1 Charlton Athletic
1988 Arsenal 6–1 Doncaster Rovers
1989 Watford 2–1 Manchester City Aggregated extra time
1990 Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Middlesbrough
1991 Millwall 3–0 Sheffield Wednesday
1992 Manchester United 6–3 Crystal Palace
1993 Leeds United 4–1 Manchester United
1994 Arsenal 5–3 Millwall
1995 Manchester United 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur Aggregated extra time; 4–2 on penalty shootout
1996 Liverpool 4–1 West Ham United
1997 Leeds United 3–1 Crystal Palace
1998 Everton 5–3 Blackburn Rovers
1999 West Ham United 9–0 Coventry City
2000 Arsenal 5–1 Coventry City
2001 Arsenal 6–3 Blackburn Rovers
2002 Aston Villa 4–2 Everton
2003 Manchester United 3–1 Middlesbrough
2004 Middlesbrough 4–0 Aston Villa
2005 Ipswich Town 3–2 Southampton Aggregated extra time
2006 Liverpool 3–2 Manchester City
2007 Liverpool 2–2 Manchester United Aggregated extra time; 4–3 on penalty shootout
2008 Manchester City 4–2 Chelsea
2009 Arsenal 6–2 Liverpool
2010 Chelsea 3–2 Aston Villa
2011 Manchester United 6–3 Sheffield United
2012 Chelsea 4–1 Blackburn Rovers
2013 Norwich City 4–2 Chelsea
2014 Chelsea 7–6 Fulham

Winners table[edit]

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 5 3 1960, 1961, 2010, 2012, 2014 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
Sunderland 2 1 1967, 1969 1966
Millwall 2 1 1979, 1991 1994
Watford 2 1 1982, 1989 1985
Leeds United 2 0 1993, 1997
Newcastle United 2 0 1962, 1985
Norwich City 2 0 1983, 2013
Coventry City 1 4 1987 1968, 1970, 1999, 2000
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 4 1958 1953, 1954, 1962, 1976
Blackburn Rovers 1 3 1959 1998, 2001, 2012
Middlesbrough 1 2 2004 1990, 2003
West Bromwich Albion 1 2 1976 1955, 1969
Burnley 1 0 1968
Birmingham City 0 1 1967
Bristol City 0 1 1973
Cardiff City 0 1 1971
Charlton Athletic 0 1 1987
Chesterfield 0 1 1956
Doncaster Rovers 0 1 1988
Fulham 0 1 2014
Huddersfield Town 0 1 1974
Preston North End 0 1 1960
Sheffield United 0 1 2011
Sheffield Wednesday 0 1 1991
Southampton 0 1 2005
Stoke City 0 1 1984
Swindon Town 0 1 1964

FA Cup and FA Youth Cup double[edit]

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.

Chelsea (2009–10) and Arsenal won the top flight in their double cup years.

Attendance record[edit]

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.[3]

In 2013, around 3,000 Norwich fans traveled to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the 2012–13 final on 22 coaches arranged by the club.[citation needed] This followed a 22,000 attendance for the home leg of the final at Carrow Road.[citation needed]

International capped winners[edit]

Tables are ordered by date of first cap.

2010s[edit]

Player Pos Club Year National team International debut Caps
Aliu Djaló MF Chelsea 2010  Guinea-Bissau 2
Paul Pogba MF Manchester United 2011  France v  Georgia, 22 March 2013 18
Gökhan Töre MF Chelsea 2010  Turkey v  Estonia, 10 August 2011 19
Jeffrey Bruma DF Chelsea 2010  Netherlands v  Ukraine, 12 August 2010 7

2000s[edit]

Player Pos Club Year National team International debut Caps
Abdisalam Ibrahim MF Manchester City 2008  Norway v  Moldova, 15 January 2014 2
Emmanuel Frimpong MF Arsenal 2009  Ghana v  Sudan, 24 March 2013 1
Jay Bothroyd FW Arsenal 2000  England v  France, 13 November 2010 1
Dedryck Boyata DF Manchester City 2008  Belgium v  Austria, 12 October 2010 1
Phil Bardsley DF Manchester United 2003  Scotland v  Spain, 11 October 2010 13
Jack Wilshere MF Arsenal 2009  England v  Hungary, 11 August 2010 22
Vladimír Weiss MF Manchester City 2008  Slovakia v  Iceland, 12 August 2009 34
Ryan McGivern DF Manchester City 2008  Northern Ireland v  Scotland, 20 August 2008 21
James Morrison MF Middlesbrough 2003,2004  Scotland v  Czech Republic, 30 May 2008 31
Adam Johnson MF Middlesbrough 2004  England v  Mexico, 24 May 2010 11
Chris Brunt MF Middlesbrough 2003,2004  Northern Ireland v  Switzerland, 18 August 2004 46
Paul McShane DF Manchester United 2003  Republic of Ireland v  Czech Republic, 11 October 2006 31
Wayne Henderson GK Aston Villa 2002  Republic of Ireland v  Sweden, 1 March 2006 6
Kieran Richardson MF Manchester United 2003  England v  United States, 28 May 2005 8
Steven Davis MF Aston Villa 2002  Northern Ireland v  Canada 9 February 2005 64
Graham Barrett FW Arsenal 2000  Republic of Ireland v  Jamaica 3 June 2004 6

1990s[edit]

Player Pos Club Year National team International debut Caps
Richard Garcia FW West Ham United 1999  Australia v  South Africa 19 August 2008 18
Adam Newton DF West Ham United 1999  Saint Kitts and Nevis v  Barbados 13 June 2004 5
Francis Jeffers FW Everton 1998  England v  Australia 12 February 2003 1
Paul Robinson GK Leeds United 1997  England v  Australia 12 February 2003 41
Michael Carrick MF West Ham United 1999  England v  Mexico 25 May 2001 31
Joe Cole MF West Ham United 1999  England v  Mexico 25 May 2001 56
Alan Smith FW Leeds United 1997  England v  Mexico 25 May 2001 19
Stephen McPhail MF Leeds United 1997  Republic of Ireland v  Scotland 30 May 2000 10
Richard Dunne DF Everton 1998  Republic of Ireland v  Greece 26 April 2000 80
Gareth Roberts DF Liverpool 1996  Wales v  Finland 29 March 2000 9
Matt Jones MF Leeds United 1997  Wales v  Switzerland 9 October 1999 13
Jonathan Woodgate DF Leeds United 1997  England v  Bulgaria 9 June 1999 8
Jamie Carragher DF Liverpool 1996  England v  Hungary 29 April 1999 38
David Johnson FW Manchester United 1995  Jamaica v  Trinidad and Tobago 28 March 1999 5
Alan Maybury DF Leeds United 1997  Republic of Ireland v  Czech Republic 25 March 1998 10
Michael Owen FW Liverpool 1996  England v  Chile 11 February 1998 89
Nicky Butt MF Manchester United 1992  England v  Mexico 29 March 1997 39
Philip Mulryne MF Manchester United 1995  Northern Ireland v  Belgium 11 February 1997 27
David Beckham MF Manchester United 1992  England v  Moldova 1 September 1996 115
Phil Neville DF Manchester United 1995  England v  China PR 23 May 1996 59
Simon Davies MF Manchester United 1992  Wales v  Switzerland 24 April 1996 1
Harry Kewell MF Leeds United 1997  Australia v  Chile 24 April 1996 58
Robbie Savage FW Manchester United 1992  Wales v  Albania 15 November 1995 39
Gary Neville DF Manchester United 1992  England v  Japan 3 June 1995 85
Keith Gillespie MF Manchester United 1992  Northern Ireland v  Portugal 7 September 1994 86
Ryan Giggs FW Manchester United 1992  Wales v  Germany 16 October 1991 64

1980s[edit]

Player Pos Club Year National team International debut Caps
David James GK Watford 1989  England v  Mexico 29 March 1997 53
Andy Hinchcliffe DF Manchester City 1986  England v  Moldova 1 September 1996 7
David White MF Manchester City 1986  England v  Spain 9 September 1992 1
Mark Walters MF Aston Villa 1980  England v  New Zealand 3 June 1991 1
Jeremy Goss MF Norwich City 1983  Wales v  Iceland May 1 1991 9
Steve Morrow DF Arsenal 1988  Northern Ireland v  Uruguay 19 May 1990 39
Pat Scully DF Arsenal 1988  Republic of Ireland v  Tunisia 19 October 1988 1
Paul Gascoigne MF Newcastle United 1985  England v  Denmark 14 September 1988 57
Tony Rees FW Aston Villa 1980  Wales v  Norway 6 June 1984 1

1970s[edit]

Player Pos Club Year National team International debut Caps
Terry Fenwick DF Crystal Palace 1977, 1978  England v  Wales 2 May 1984 20
Derek Statham DF West Bromwich Albion 1976  England v  Wales 23 February 1983 3
Steve Lovell FW Crystal Palace 1978  Wales v  Soviet Union 18 November 1981 6
Kevin O'Callaghan MF Millwall 1979  Republic of Ireland v  Czechoslovakia 29 April 1981 21
Noel Brotherston MF Tottenham Hotspur 1974  Northern Ireland v  Scotland 16 May 1980 27
Jerry Murphy MF Crystal Palace 1977, 1978  Republic of Ireland v  Wales 11 September 1979 3
Peter Nicholas MF Crystal Palace 1978  Wales v  Scotland 19 May 1979 73
John Wark MF Ipswich Town 1975  Scotland v  Wales 19 May 1979 29
John Gidman DF Aston Villa 1972  England v  Luxembourg 30 March 1977 1
Brian Little FW Aston Villa 1972  England v  Wales 21 May 1975 1
Graeme Souness MF Tottenham Hotspur 1970  Scotland v  East Germany 30 October 1974 54

1960s[edit]

Player Pos Club Year National team International debut Caps
Jimmy Rimmer GK Manchester United 1964  England v  Italy 28 May 1976 1
Billy Hughes FW Sunderland 1967  Scotland v  Sweden 16 April 1975 1
Dave Thomas FW Burnley 1968  England v  Czechoslovakia 30 October 1974 8
Dennis Yaager MF Everton 1965  Australia v  Iran 4 November 1970 2
Sammy Nelson FW Arsenal 1966  Northern Ireland v  England 21 April 1970 51
Pat Rice DF Arsenal 1966  Northern Ireland v  Israel 10 September 1968 49
Bobby Moncur FW Newcastle United 1962  Scotland v  Netherlands 30 May 1968 16
David Sadler FW Manchester United 1964  England v  Northern Ireland 22 November 1967 4
Peter Bonetti GK Chelsea 1960  England v  Denmark 3 July 1966 7
Terry Venables MF Chelsea 1960, 1961  England v  Belgium 21 October 1964 2
George Best FW Manchester United 1964  Northern Ireland v  Wales 15 April 1964 37
Bobby Tambling FW Chelsea 1960  England v  Wales 21 November 1962 3

1950s[edit]

Player Pos Club Year National team International debut Caps
Keith Newton DF Blackburn Rovers 1959  England v  West Germany 23 February 1966 27
Shay Brennan FW Manchester United 1955  Republic of Ireland v  Spain 5 May 1965 19
Fred Pickering DF Blackburn Rovers 1959  England v  United States 27 May 1964 3
Mike England DF Blackburn Rovers 1959  Wales v  Northern Ireland 11 April 1962 44
Phil Kelly DF Wolverhampton Wanderers 1958  Republic of Ireland v  Wales 28 September 1960 5
Joe Carolan MF Manchester United 1956  Republic of Ireland v  Sweden 1 November 1959 2
Wilf McGuinness MF Manchester United 1954, 1955, 1956  England v  Northern Ireland 4 October 1958 2
Bobby Charlton FW Manchester United 1954, 1955, 1956  England v  Scotland 19 April 1958 106
David Pegg FW Manchester United 1953, 1954  England v  Republic of Ireland 19 May 1957 1
Billy Whelan FW Manchester United 1953  Republic of Ireland v  Netherlands 10 May 1956 4
Duncan Edwards MF, FW Manchester United 1953, 1954, 1955  England v  Scotland 2 April 1955 18

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FA Youth Cup history: TheFA.com website.
  2. ^ a b Inglis, Simon. Football League and the men who made it. Harper Collins. p. 205. ISBN 978-0002182423. 
  3. ^ Match report on Arsenal F.C. official website.

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