Fulham vs Boro: The youngest team in PL history – where are they now" - football

Fulham vs Boro: The youngest team in PL history – where are they now"



On May 7th 2006, Middlesbrough managed to do what would seem impossible in the modern era.
With the UEFA Cup Final in Eindhoven just four days away, England bound Steve McClaren decided to showcase the club’s outstanding academy by selecting a squad almost totally composed of young prospects for the final Premier League game of the season against Fulham.
The team that started had an average age of 20 and is the youngest starting line-up in Premier League history. It was a testament to the work of Dave Parnaby and everyone at the academy.
“It’s a proud day for Middlesbrough,” said McClaren after the match, “and for Steve Gibson, the chairman, who always wanted as his dream to field a team of players born within 30 miles of the stadium. Fifteen of the 16 in the squad were that.? When Josh Walker replaced Malcolm Christie on 62 minutes the entire playing 11 were locally born. The performance from the young team was exceptional, losing narrowly to a late penalty.

Nearly 12 years have passed since. The protgs from that day are now in their 30?s heading towards the final chapter of their playing careers, and they have all gone in completely different directions.
There are players from that squad that continue to play in the Premier League to this day. Some experienced Wembley glory. Others have multiple international caps to their name. One even has a Champions League winner?s medal. Sadly far too many have been forced to look at what may have bee...
source: everythingmfc
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