Date: Thursday, 13th May 1993.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds.
Youth Cup Final, Second Leg.
United 2 Manchester United 1
United: Forrester, Smithard. Manchester
United: Scholes (pen).
Leeds United: Pettinger; Couzens,
Sharp; Tinkler, Daly, Bowman (Tobin); Smithard, Ford, Whelan, Oliver (Byrne), Forrester.
Manchester United: †Whitmarsh, P. Neville,
Riley, Casper, G.Neville; Gillespie, Scholes,
Beckham, Irving (Murdoch); Savage, Thornley.
Referee: Mr P.Durkin (Portland).
For the Second Leg 31,037
fans flocked to Elland Road in anticipation of silverware
success and to see if the Leeds
youngsters could finish the job. It didnít take United long to extend their
aggregate lead with a stunning overhead kick from Jamie Forrester. Paul Scholes levelled on the night
with a penalty, but within a minute Leeds made the aggregate score 4-1 with a Matthew Smithard goal.
There were no more goals in
the second-half, so skipper Mark Ford hoisted the FA Youth Cup and led his
jubilant players on a lap of honour. It was a great
triumph for former United star Paul Hart, who was in his first season as
Director of Youth Coaching at Elland Road. Five of the Leeds players, Jamie Forrester, Noel
Whelan, Rob Bowman, Kevin Sharp and Mark Tinkler were
all in the England Under-Eighteen squad which won the European Championship.
Those five, plus Mark Ford, who also represented England at under-Eighteen level and Andy Couzens, who gained England under-Twenty-one honours, all progressed to play for the Leeds senior team. Of the Manchester
United players, brothers Gary and Phil Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, and
Paul Scholes were capped for England at full level, while Keith
Gillespie and Robbie Savage were similarly capped by Northern Ireland and Wales respectively.
Jamie Forrester scoring the spectacular overhead bicycle kick which opened
the scoring††††††††††††† Captain Mark
Ford with the Cup
in the 1992-93
F.A. Youth Cup Final Second Leg at Elland Road 13th May 1993.
Leeds team celebrate
Matthew Smithard and Jamie
Forrester got the Leeds goals†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Hart was
the Leeds Coach
Paul Scholes replied
David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul
Scholes and Nicky Butt went on to represent England at International level
Keith Gillespie represented Northern Ireland
and Robbie Savage Wales††††† John OíKane found regular football with Everton
Left-Winger Ben Thornley
and Central Defender Chris Casper made the Manchester first-team
Five of the Leeds team played for the England Under-Eighteen team that year