We catch up with West Ham United’s 1999 FA Youth Cup winning side.
In 1999, another impressive batch of West Ham United youngsters announced themselves with a 9-0 aggregate win over Coventry City in the FA Youth Cup final.
18 years later, let’s find out what happened to these promising academy prospects:
Michael Carrick is still playing at the highest level of the game. The central midfielder has clocked up over 300 appearances for Manchester United since joining from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006. United will host a testimonial game in the summer to celebrate Carrick’s service to the club, which will feature the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes.
Carrick has also invited FA Cup Youth teammate Richard Garcia to take part in the testimonial. The forward, who had spells with Hull City, Colchester United and Minnesota United, currently plays for A-League side Perth Glory.
Another member of this Irons team to still be playing their football abroad is Joe Cole. The former England international swapped Coventry City for the Tampa Bay Rowdies last year. Cole captains the Rowdies and recently scored in their 4-0 win over Toronto II.
Goalkeeper Steven Bywater continues to play in the professional game. He spent last season in Indian football with the Kerala Blasters - who are managed by Steve Coppell and have former Sunderland striker Michael Chopra on their books. This season, Bywater has been back-up choice to Jon McLaughlin at Championship side Burton Albion.
Since leaving West Ham in 2001, Terrell Forbes has played for 13 different teams, including a four-year spell with Yeovil Town. The defender now features for Surrey-based non-league side Whyteleafe.
Likewise, Bertie Brayley became quite the journey man in his post-West Ham career. He bounced around over 30 clubs, among them Canvey Island, Eastleigh and Great Wakering Rovers. Brayley is set to play in a charity game - alongside a host of celebrities - on the 9th of April to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice.
Adam Newton and Michael Ferrante have also called time on their playing days. Newton’s final club was Woking, while Aussie-born Ferrante finished with Pascoe Vale.
Defender Anwar Uddin has transitioned into football management after hanging up his boots in 2013. He had a stint in charge of Sporting Bengal United before moving to Ryman Football League North Division side Ware FC. Uddin’s team currently sit 22nd in the table.
Speaking of football management, Stevland Angus had an appreciation society set up in his name to celebrate his reliability on the popular game Football Manager. FM’s YouTube channel reunited Angus with the society last year. Aside from that, he works part-time as a Recreation Assistant at the University of London.
One member of this FA Youth Cup winning side who is still with West Ham in some capacity is Sam Taylor. He is the Senior Football Development Officer for the Hammers’ Learning Academy.
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