11/09/2012 09:53, Report by Adam Marshall
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Reds to mark Babes' feat

Manchester United will send an Academy XI to Nantwich Town on 25 September to mark the 60th anniversary of the teams' meeting in the inaugural FA Youth Cup.

There is an interesting tale to the 1952 clash in which the Reds racked up a record 23-0 victory in the competition, en route to  lifting the trophy in the first of a run of five successive triumphs. The players involved would go on to achieve national and international fame under the collective nickname of 'the Busby Babes.'

After the tie was switched to United's then training ground, The Cliff, under what was described as 'primitive floodlighting', the Reds outclassed the opposition and were three goals ahead after only six minutes. By half time, the scoreline had reached double figures but coach Jimmy Murphy instructed his side to keep hunting more goals in front of the 2,600 crowd.

Duncan Edwards, John Doherty and David Pegg each scored five times while Eddie Lewis helped himself to another four. Remarkably, under-siege keeper Brian Thorley still did well enough to impress Sir Matt Busby and earn a move to the Reds.

United's Ronnie Cope, who went on to play for Nantwich late in his career, has been invited to be

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FA Youth Cup record

FA Youth Cup 2nd Round,
Tuesday 4 November, 1952
The Cliff, Broughton

(Pegg 5, Doherty 5, D.Edwards 5, E.Edwards og, Lewis 4, Morton 2, Scanlon)


United: Gordon Clayton; Bryce Fulton, Paddy Kennedy; Bobby Harrop, Ronnie Cope, Duncan Edwards; Alan Morton, John Doherty, Eddie Lewis, David Pegg, Albert Scanlon.



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