What happened to the other members of Man Utd's 'Class of 92'

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When you mention the ‘Class of ’92’ at Manchester United, you think of six players and six players only.

David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Phil and Gary Neville.

These six all went on to have incredibly successful careers with United and also represented their respective nations.

But these six couldn’t win the FA Youth Cup by themselves back in 1992.

What happened to the other members of that successful youth side at Old Trafford? Did they even make the professional game or were they merely making up the numbers in a side already full of incredible talent?

We’ve taken a look at the other members of the ‘Class of 92’ and asked: What happened to them?


Goalkeeper | Kevin Pilkington

Pilkington left United six years after winning the FA Youth Cup, having made just eight appearances.

He then spent his career in and around the football league, representing Port Vale, Mansfield, Notts County, Luton Town amongst others.

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Defender | John O’Kane

O’Kane also left United in 1998, having made two Premier League appearances for the club. Howard Kendell signed him for Everton but he only managed 14 league matches before moving to Bolton, Blackpool and, finally, Hyde United.

Defender | George Switzer

Switzer left the club a year after the Youth Cup triumph after Alex Ferguson deemed him too small to play left-back.

He signed for Darlington but failed to play regular football, before playing for Hyde United for six seasons.

Defender | Chris Casper

Casper had spells on loan at Bournemouth, Swindon Town and Reading whilst he was at United but left permanently for the latter in 1998.

However, injuries cut his career shot as he retired at the age of 24.

He’s since managed Bury for three seasons.

Chris Casper of Manchester United Youth

Midfielder | Simon Davies

Davies played 11 Premier League matches for United but his career took a nosedive when he eventually left in 1997.

Spells in the lower leagues in England and the Welsh Premier League followed with Luton, Macclesfield Town, Rochdale, Bangor City, Total Network Solutions, Rhyl, Chester City and Airbus UK.

He’s now manager of Manchester City Under-21s.

Midfielder | Colin McKee

McKee played one league match for the Red Devils before leaving in 1994.

He then spent the rest of his career in his native Scotland with the likes of Kilmarnock, Queen of the South and Stirling Albion.

Midfielder | Robbie Savage

Savage will probably consider himself unfortunate not to be considered in the ‘Class of 92’ alongside Butt - but he failed to make any appearances for the club before signing for Crewe Alexandra in 1994.

He was back in the Premier League by 1997, though, after spending five seasons with Leicester.

He also played for Birmingham, Blackburn and Derby in the Premier League, while he made 39 appearances for Wales.

He can now be heard as a pundit on BT Sport.

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Midfielder | Ben Thornley

Thornley can consider himself unfortunate that he had to compete with a certain Giggs for the left midfielder position.

He did make nine appearances at the club before leaving in 1998. He then played for the likes of Huddersfield, Aberdeen and Blackpool but didn’t manage to get himself back in the Premier League.

Keith Gillespie | Midfield

Another player that suffered due to his position. Gillespie would have played a lot more than nine matches for United if he didn’t have Beckham to deal with in terms of starting at right midfield.

Instead, Gillespie moved to Newcastle in 1995, where he played for three seasons before representing Blackburn for a further five campaigns.

He had spells at Sheffield United and Bradford towards the end of his career, as well as playing in Northern Ireland - a country who he played for 86 times.

Unfortunately, he was declared bankrupt in 2010 after losing an estimated £7m in gambling and brought out an autobiography called: "How Not to Be a Football Millionaire”.

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