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Class of 1995

It’s now more than 20 years since we took on Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup Final. In this special feature, we look back on the showpiece occasion and the players involved, some of whom would become future household names.

Stephen Carr and Stephen Clemence - two members of our side that reached the FA Youth Cup Final in 1995.

Such is the regard held for Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup-winning side of 1992 - that contained the likes of Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes - there was even a 2013 documentary film dedicated to them.

The Red Devils’ so-called ‘Class of ‘92’ beat Crystal Palace 6-3 on aggregate in that Final and many also featured as they were runners-up to Leeds United the following season. Spare a thought, though, for United’s young group of three years later, a lesser known crop of players that visited White Hart Lane for the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final on May 11, 1995…

The stand-out name on the team-sheet for that Final was Phil Neville, brother of Gary, of course, and captain on the night. Neville, who played his first three first team matches for United that season, would go on to make a total of 386 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions between 1995 and 2005, scoring eight times prior to a move to Everton.

The full-back racked up a further 303 games for the Toffees, scoring five goals before retiring from playing in 2013. He won 59 caps for England between 1996 and 2007 and 11 major trophies during his career.

The rest of United’s youth team, managed at the time by Eric Harrison, struggled to make anywhere near the name for themselves in the game that Neville did. Many at least managed to appear for United’s first-team.

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