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The Football Association Youth Challenge Cup is an Englishmarker 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 didn't 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 '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.

Manchester United have won the FA Youth Cup nine times, more than any other club. Arsenal won the 2009 FA Youth Cup Final beating Liverpool 6-2 on aggregate.

The tournament has served as a springboard into the professional game for many top British players. The likes of George Best, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Frank Lampard, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Joe Cole, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott 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

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 Roversmarker 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 Roversmarker
1999 West Ham United 9–0 Coventry City
2000 Arsenal 5–1 Coventry City
2001 Arsenal 6–3 Blackburn Roversmarker
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


Winners table

Rank Team Winners Runners-up
1 Manchester United 9 – 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1964, 1992, 1995, 2003 4 – 1982, 1986, 1993, 2007
2 Arsenal 7 – 1966, 1971, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2009 1 – 1965
3 Aston Villa 3 – 1972, 1980, 2002 2 – 1978, 2004
Evertonmarker 3 – 1965, 1984, 1998 4 – 1961, 1977, 1983, 2002
West Ham United 3 – 1963, 1981, 1999 4 – 1957, 1959, 1975, 1996
Liverpool 3 – 1996, 2006, 2007 3 – 1963, 1972,2009
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1970, 1974, 1990 2 – 1981, 1995
Ipswich Town 3 – 1973, 1975, 2005
9 Manchester City 2 – 1986, 2008 4 – 1979, 1980, 1989, 2006
Chelsea 2 – 1960, 1961 2 – 1958, 2008
Crystal Palace 2 – 1977, 1978 2 – 1992, 1997
Millwall 2 – 1979, 1991 1 – 1994
Sunderland 2 – 1967, 1969 1 – 1966
Watford 2 – 1982, 1989 1 – 1985
Leeds United 2 – 1993, 1997
Newcastle United 2 – 1962, 1985
17 Coventry City 1 – 1987 4 – 1968, 1970, 1999, 2000
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 1958 4 – 1953, 1954, 1962, 1976
Blackburn Roversmarker 1 – 1959 2 – 1998, 2001
Middlesbrough 1 – 2004 2 – 1990, 2003
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1976 2 – 1955, 1969
Burnley 1 – 1968
Norwich City 1 – 1983
24 Birmingham City 1 – 1967
Bristol City 1 – 1973
Cardiff City 1 – 1971
Charlton Athletic 1 – 1987
Chesterfield 1 – 1956
Doncaster Rovers 1 – 1988
Huddersfield Town 1 – 1974
Preston North End 1 – 1960
Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 1991
Southampton 1 – 2005
Stoke City 1 – 1984
Swindon Town 1 – 1964


FA Cup and FA Youth Cup double

Only four clubs have ever achieved the FA Cup and FA Youth Cup 'double'.

Attendance record

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 Stadiummarker on March 14 2007 which Arsenal won 1–0.

International capped winners

2000s

Table is ordered by date of first cap.
Player Pos Club Year National team International debut Caps
Vladimír Weiss MF Manchester City 2008 v , 12 August 2009 3
Ryan McGivern DF Manchester City 2008 v , 20 August 2008 6
James Morrison MF Middlesbrough 2004 v , 30 May 2008 5
Paul McShane DF Manchester United 2003 v , 11 October 2006 16
Wayne Henderson GK Aston Villa 2002 v , 1 March 2006 6
Kieran Richardson MF Manchester United 2003 v , 28 May 2005 8
Steven Davis MF Aston Villa 2002 v 9 February 2005 37
Graham Barrett FW Arsenal 2000 v 3 June 2004 7


1990s

Player Club Debut
Francis Jeffers Evertonmarker 2003
Richard Dunne Evertonmarker 2000
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
Michael Owen Liverpool 1998
Gareth Roberts Liverpool 2000
Jamie Carragher Liverpool 1999
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
Joe Cole West Ham United 2001
Michael Carrick West Ham United 2001
Richard Garcia West Ham United 2008
Adam Newton West Ham United 2004


See also



References

  1. FA Youth Cup history: TheFA.com website.
  2. Match report on Arsenal F.C. official website.


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