Aston Villa's 2002 FA Youth Cup winners: Where are they now?

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We catch up with Aston Villa’s 2002 FA Youth Cup winning side.

In 2002, Aston Villa’s talented under-18s claimed the FA Youth Cup trophy with a 4-2 aggregate win over an Everton side featuring Wayne Rooney.

15 years on, let's find out what happened to this promising young team:

Northern Ireland international Steven Davis continues to impress in the top flight of English football. The Southampton captain has featured 24 times so far this season.

Peter Whittingham and James O’Connor are also still playing in the English game. Whittingham has clocked up over 400 appearances for Cardiff City since leaving Villa in 2007. His ten-year stay with the Bluebirds may be over in the summer with no new contract agreed yet.

O’Connor had stints with Bournemouth, Doncaster Rovers, Derby County and Bristol City before moving to Walsall in 2014. The 32-year-old centre-back has been a regular in Jon Whitney’s starting-eleven during this campaign.

Colin Marshall and Liam Ridgewell have taken their talents abroad.

Scottish midfielder Marshall enjoyed stints in Icelandic, Spanish and Japanese football following his departure from Villa Park 13 years ago. He now plays for Vanuatu Premia Divisen side Amicale FC and was on the bench for their recent 3-1 OFC Champions League defeat to Auckland City.

Ridgewell is captain of Major League Soccer team the Portland Timbers. The left-back led the Timbers to MLS Cup glory in 2015. He currently plays alongside former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Sebastian Blanco.

Luke Moore also spent time in the MLS. The former Swansea City man was released by Toronto FC last February and is still to find a new club. Last month he had a trial along with former Villa captain Nigel Reo Coker at Norwegian side Lillestrom.

His younger brother, Stefan Moore, has spent the last nine years of his career in non-league football. The 33-year-old traded Corby Town for Evo-Sti Southern League Premier Division title contenders Lemington at the end of last month.

Goalkeeper Wayne Henderson retired with Preston North End in 2011. The Republic of Ireland stopper remains connected to football as an FA registered agent for Impact Sports Management.

Meanwhile, the likes of Andrew Wells, Peter Hynes and Steven Foley-Sheridan all appear to be out of the game.

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