Manchester United's FA Youth Cup final against Nottingham Forest SMASHES attendance record
5.9k Share this

Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup final against Nottingham Forest SMASHES competition’s attendance record with more than 70,000 tickets sold for Old Trafford finale – with Harry Maguire among packed-out crowd

More than 70,000 fans descended on Old Trafford on Wednesday night to watch the FA Youth Cup final between Manchester United and Nottingham Forest – smashing the attendance record for the competition.

United confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that 63,500 tickets – priced at just £1 – had been sold for the showpiece game with all receipts going to the club’s charity foundation. That has since risen north of 70,000.

The crowd pictured inside Old Trafford far exceeds the previous Youth Cup attendance record of 38,187, set for the first leg between Arsenal and United in March 2007.

Forest, playing in their first-ever Youth Cup final, found themselves backed by 6,000 fans at Old Trafford. 

The crowd at Wednesday’s final also surpasses any Premier League attendance away from Manchester United.

Old Trafford, a 75,000 capacity ground, tops the charts, with Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground, which has 62,850 seats, the next largest.

Among the crowd was United’s first team captain Harry Maguire, who took his place in the director’s box.  

Prior to the final, United’s Head of Academy, Nick Cox, hailed the impact of exposing these burgeoning stars to large crowds. 

He told the club website: ‘If you turn up and watch the FA Youth Cup final, you are contributing to their development.

‘If we can have a ferocious atmosphere and passionate fans, it will help the boys cope that little bit better when they get the chance to play in front of 75,000.

‘The purpose of the FA Youth Cup is to create amazing learning opportunities.

‘The boys put some pressure on themselves to win, the history of the competition at this club puts a little bit of pressure on them as well, and you play in front of crowds, have that little bit of pressure and have to deal with whatever circumstances cup competitions throw at you.’


5.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Sunderland’s Wembley curse still needs to be buried for supporters and former players

It is known as Sunderland’s Wembley curse up here in the North-East.…

Manchester City unveil permanent tribute to Fernandinho

Manchester City unveil permanent tribute to Fernandinho ahead of his final Premier…

Heung-min Son says he ‘can’t believe’ winning the Golden Boot after sharing the prize with Mo Salah

‘I got really emotional, I dreamed of it as a child’: Tottenham’s…

Antonio Conte relishes one of his ‘biggest achievements’ after guiding Tottenham to Champions League

Antonio Conte relishes one of his ‘biggest achievements in management’ after guiding…

Erik ten Hag set to trim Manchester United squad by offloading 10 players this summer | Football

Erik ten Hag will meet the Manchester United squad on Monday (Picture:…

Erik ten Hag and Steve McClaren attend Man United’s final game of the season

Like what you see? Erik ten Hag and Steve McClaren attend Man…

Real Madrid ‘race to sign Aurelien Tchouameni’ after Kylian Mbappe signed new deal with PSG

Real Madrid ‘race to sign Monaco starlet Aurelien Tchouameni’ after Kylian Mbappe…

HE STAYS!’: French paper L’Equipe claims Kylian Mbappe has chosen to STAY at PSG

‘HE STAYS!’: French paper L’Equipe claim Kylian Mbappe has decided to REJECT…