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Cantona and Lampard couldn’t stop Liverpool youth from making history

Liverpool’s Phil Brazier, Eddie Turkington, Stuart Quinn and Michael Owen celebrate their FA Youth Cup victory after beating West Ham United in the return final at Anfield in 1996 (Image: David Rawcliffe / Propagande)

25 years ago today, Liverpool, who are also in the final of this season’s competition, won the FA Youth Cup for the first time.

I spoke to their captain Phil Brazier about the victory of Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand as well as his quarter of a century in football.

Some 25 years later, Liverpool’s first FA Youth Cup-winning captain Phil Brazier recalled how the young Reds rebounded from the goals of Eric Cantona and Frank Lampard – six days and 200 miles away. one another – to lift the trophy.

May 17, 1996 came at the end of what had until then been a week to be forgotten for Reds fans.

On the previous Saturday, Liverpool had been beaten by old enemies of Manchester United in one of the most turgid FA Cup finals on record, with the stalemate only broken by Cantona’s 85.e coup de minute at Wembley to break the hearts of the Kopites.

Despite the great disappointment, their loyal supporters still turned out in large numbers to cheer on their young players in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup final, with the hosts bringing a 2-0 advantage in the first leg at Anfield.

Brazier told ECHO:

“The second leg was the Friday night after the FA Cup final with the famous cream suits.

“It’s stolen but when you look back it’s long and I have a lot of memories since.

“It was an incredible night and an incredible season.

“They had quality. Rio Ferdinand was on the side and Frank Lampard too.

“Even though they were big and strong, they loved playing football and were a bit like us in that regard, but I think we had a bit more strength in the depths.

“There were 26,000 people there so to attract a crowd like that the week after Liverpool were beaten by Manchester United in the FA Cup final was great for us and made it a really big one. opportunity for all of us involved.

“We found ourselves behind after less than a minute when Frank Lampard hit a half volley from the edge of the box.

“It was a good shot and just the type of goal he’s become famous for throughout his career and when it happened so early we all thought ‘Damn, what are we going to do? here?’ but we stabilized the ship, we knocked ourselves out and ended up winning the game 2-1.


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