Class of 92

Published on 22nd February 2016 by

Manchester United has long had one of the most productive football academies in the world, but in 1992 their youth team produced a crop of young new home-bred pros which beat all that came before and will probably never be repeated again in English football. In 1992 the team won the FA Youth Cup.

Six top class players came out of the same youth team – David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, and Nicky Butt. Of those six you could perhaps argue that three were genuinely world class and superstars.

Class of 92 is a 2013 documentary which centres on the rise of those players from their FA Youth Cup win in the 1992 all the way up to their Champions League win in 1992. Perhaps only Barcelona have achieved a similar level of success with a youth team crop in modern history.

All six players agreed to participate in the film and it also features contributions from Zinedine Zidane and Eric Cantona, as well as the players youth team coach and mentor Eric Harrison and numerous people from popular culture.

Not only were the players colleagues but also great friends, five of them now co-own non-league football club Salford City and featured in a 2015 BBC documentary about the twists and turns of their first season as club owners (see: Class of 92: Out of Their League).


The players were also the subject of the well received 2013 book by author Ian Marshall, Class of 92, published by Simon & Schuster and available as a paperback or hardcover.

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