What happened to the youngest Premier League starting XI?

Newcastle United's Emre in action against Middlesbrough's Lee Cattermole (L)

With an average age of 20 years and 182 days, Middlesbrough selected the youngest Premier League starting line-up on the final day of the 2005-06 season. Here is what happened to the XI that faced Fulham.

Goalkeeper: Ross Turnbull (20 years, 123 days old)

During seven years as a Middlesbrough player, Ross Turnbull made just 27 league appearances for the club - at the start of a career characterised in the role of back-up goalkeeper. After emerging from Middlesbrough's youth team ranks, Turnbull was signed to a professional contract in 2002 but had to wait until 2006 to make his 'Boro bow - instead being farmed out on loan to several lower league clubs. In 2009, Turnbull left Teeside for what would be a four-year, seven-game spell at Chelsea, again acting in reserve, before joining Doncaster and then Barnsley. After more game time in the Championship and League One, Turnbull transferred to current club Leeds United in the summer of 2015 - where the 32-year-old is yet to play a single minute for the Elland Road outfit.

Doncaster Rovers' Ross Turnbull in action

Defence: Andrew Davies (21 years, 141 days), David Wheater (19 years, 82 days), Matthew Bates (19 years, 148 days), Andrew Taylor (19 years, 279 days) 

In part, Middlesbrough fielded the Premier League's youngest ever starting XI because of their scheduled participation in the UEFA Cup Final three days later. However, the rookie quartet selected in 'Boro's defence performed admirably against Fulham, with the Craven Cottager's winning goal being scored as late as the 84th minute. Unlike many of the XI from this game, the back four of Davies (53), Wheater (140), Bates (104) and Taylor (125) progressed to make over 370 Middlesbrough appearances combined.

Andrew Davies, who played right back against Fulham, is now in his second season with Scottish Premiership side Ross County. The 32-year-old is still enjoying a career that involved representing, amongst others, Southampton, Stoke City and Derby County and included a solitary England Under-21 cap. 

Hibernian's Anthony Stokes (L) in action with Ross County's Andrew Davies

On the opposite side of defence, left back Andrew Taylor made over 30 England appearances from Under-16 to Under-21 level but has spent the majority of his career to date at Championship and League One clubs. After making his Middlesbrough debut in 2004, Taylor left the club in 2011 having appeared in 125 league games - most of which were permeated with loan moves to Bradford City and Watford. Taylor subsequently made more than 100 appearances for Cardiff City before joining current employers WIgan Athletic in 2014. Taylor is presently out on loan to League One flyers Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton Wanderers' David Wheater in action with Southend United's David Mooney

Like Taylor, David Wheater is another from the Premier League's youngest ever line-up to have played more than a century of games for Middlesbrough and who currently turns out for Bolton. Wheater, still only 29, has forged a reputation as a tough, no-nonsense defender with a fine professional career to date. Wheater's central defensive partner in the ultimate Premier League game of 2005-06 was Matthew Bates - who was highly rated at the Riverside before series of significant knee injuries curtailed his career. The defender played 19 times in the Premier League for Middlesbrough and a further 85 once relegated to the Championship. After a transfer to Bristol City in 2013, the Bates joined current side Hartlepool United a year later.

Midfield: James Morrison (19 years, 347 days), Jason Kennedy (19 years, 238 days), Lee Cattermole (18 years, 47 days), Adam Johnson (18 years, 298 days)

West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison celebrates scoring their first goal

Three of the four midfielder starters were the only members of this youngest Premier League side to experience an established career in the top flight. James Morrison played 66 times for Middlesbrough before joining West Bromwich Albion for £1.5 million in 2007 - and after representing England from Under-17 to Under-20 level, pledged his allegiances to Scotland; qualifying on account of his Grandparents. To date, the 42-capped international has played all but two of his 13-year professional career in the Premier League.

Perhaps the lesser-remembered starter of the XI, Jason Kennedy, made just four appearances for Middlesbrough between 2004 and 2008. Kennedy's four years on Teeside predominantly saw the midfielder loaned to Boston United, Bury, Livingston and Darlington, before making a permanent switch to the Quakers. However, after a single season Kennedy departed for what would be a successful period at Rochdale - helping the Spotland club to promotion in 2010. Upon the expiration of his contract, Kennedy signed for Bradford for two years and in 2015 joined current side Carlisle United.

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole

Despite being 17 years-old for the majority of the season, the Fulham game was Lee Cattermole's 14th Premier League appearance for Middlesbrough. Unsurprisingly, from those 14 showings, the infamously combative Cattermole still collected a characteristic seven yellow cards - in addition to scoring his first top-flight goal.

Admirably, throughout his 11 season career to date, Cattermole has never played outside of the Premier League - but has collected 100 yellow cards and eight reds in the process. After making 69 appearances for 'Boro, the midfielder spent one season at Wigan before joining Sunderland in 2009 - where the now 28-year-old still resides today.

Completing the midfield was former England international Adam Johnson. The winger played 96 league games for Middlesbrough after making his breakthrough to the first team in 2005. Johnson signed for big-spending Manchester City in February 2010, where he played alongside some of the biggest names in European football and won the Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield during his three year stay at the Etihad Stadium. However, the competition for places within City's massive playing resources meant that Johnson was surplus to requirements - and in 2012 a move to hometown club Sunderland materialised. 

Danny Graham celebrates after scoring the second goal for Blackburn

Forwards: Danny Graham (20 years, 268 days), Malcolm Christie (27 years, 26 days)

Another Middlesbrough youth product who didn't quite make the grade at the Riverside was Danny Graham - who, like his fellow Teeside teens, spent large parts of his Middlesbrough career on loan at lower league clubs. Graham scored once in his 15 league appearances for 'Boro before leaving in 2007 for permanent spells at Carlisle, Watford, Swansea, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers. Graham is experiencing a fairly prolific 2016-17 campaign with Rovers, having scored 7 goals in 18 Championship games to date.

At 27, the elder statesman of this youngest Premier League starting XI was Malcolm Christie. The forward signed for Middlesbrough from Derby County in 2003 but suffered a series of injuries and only managed 43 league games for the club, scoring 7 goals. Christie left 'Boro in 2007 and after a handful of games with Leeds in 2008-09, Christie retired following medical advice. 

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