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HELP – If you know your Manchester United history

Truly Reds needs your help. While doing a Google image search I came across this photo of the 1982 Manchester United Youth team. The problem is that only a couple of the youngsters can be identified. Fifth from the left at the back is certainly Norman Whiteside, next to him looks like Mark Hughes but I can't tell who the rest of the boys are. United reached the final of the FA Youth Cup that year but were beaten by Watford following a 2-3 away defeat and a 4-4 home draw after extra time. The squad for that final may help jog some memories but it must be pointed out that not all members of that squad are necessarily in the photo.

Goalkeeper: Phil Hughes

Defenders: An

dy Hill, Ken Scott, Graeme Hogg, Billy Garton

Midfielders – Clayton Blackmore, Lawrence Pearson, Mark Dempsey, Peter Docherty, Sean Williams

Forwards – Norman Whiteside, Mark Hughes, Nicky Wood

1982 Manchester United Youth Team

This is as far as we got up until now

Back from left Clayton Blackmore,  Billy Garton?,  ???, Phil Hughes?, Norman Whiteside, Mark Hughes,  ???

Front from left – ???, ???, Graeme Hogg (Capt), Mark Dempsey,  ???

Are there any veteran Manchester United fans out there who can help us identify these players?


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  1. Redscot says:

    I think just a uneducated guess the one in the middle of the backline its Phil Hughes. lmao.

  2. Bottom right sitting down looks EXTREMELY familiar!

  3. Mark says:

    I recognise a few and I’ll send the pic to one of the players included in the pic.
    I’ll post you some info asap

  4. Frank Scicluna says:

    That sounds great Mark, I really appreciate it. Just a thought, if you know one of the guys in the pic he may want to contact me and let us know how his football career spanned out after 1982. It should make for a good story. Your website looks great. Thanks again

  5. Frank Scicluna says:

    @ Stretford Enders, would you like to hazard a guess?

    I seem to think that the first guy standing on the left COULD be Clayton Blackmore but not certain while I’m sure that sitting in the middle third from the left is Graeme Hogg.

  6. Mikey says:

    Believe it or not you can see the goals at Vicarage Road on YouTube!

    Or just search for it.

    1st Leg Man Utd 2 – 3 Watford 26/04/82?
    2nd Leg Watford 4 – 4 Man Utd

    – Mike

  7. Mikey says:

    … in fact if you visit Wikipedia it lists the players for the 2nd Leg at Watford:

    GK Phil Hughes
    2 DF Andy Hill
    3 DF Ken Scott
    4 DF Graeme Hogg (c)
    5 DF Billy Garton
    6 MF Clayton Blackmore
    7 MF Lawrence Pearson
    8 MF Mark Dempsey
    9 FW Norman Whiteside
    10 FW Mark Hughes
    11 MF Peter Docherty
    Sub FW Nicky Wood
    Sub MF Sean Williams
    Manager Eric Harrison

    Hope this helps???

    (PS Whatever happened to Mark Hughes …)


    – Mikey

  8. Frank Scicluna says:

    Thanks Mikey, that youtube video is gold. Yes mate, wikipedia is where I got the squad from BUT be careful. While it’s generally a reliable site, I have also picked up a couple of major errors on it.

    A little confused about your Mark Hughes comment! He had a very high profile career.

  9. Ben says:

    Thats definitely Clayton Blackmore on the left, im sure. Not sure about the rest!

  10. Matt R says:

    Middle bottom row is Hogg. Blackmore far left at the back.

  11. mufcinfo says:

    Mark Dempsey is to the right of Graham Hogg.

    im just comparing the photo to any of the players who played from 1982 onwards that look familiar on my player profile pages. If they diodnt play for ther 1st team im goiong to struggle.

    I will however forward it one of the guys and get back to you



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