Blues FA Youth Cup Triumph: 25 Years On

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Everton’s 1997/98 FA Youth Cup success.

Under the tutelage of the legendary Colin Harvey, the young Blues brushed aside all before them before securing the trophy for the third time.

Leon Osman, who would go on to play more than 400 Senior Men's games for Everton, was an integral part of the successful squad and in this latest Official Everton Podcast he looks back over the games and the players who brought the Youth Cup to Goodison.

He tells us about the future defender who, at the time, was a ‘Roy Keane-type midfielder’, recalls taking the wrong boots to Watford in the quarter-final on a freezing night, and how he experienced the high of scoring in the first leg of the final and the low of missing the glorious return game through injury.

We also hear from Francis Jeffers, who missed the Watford tie because he’d been rushed to hospital in the middle of the night, and from Danny Cadamarteri who played in the cup final three days before being a part of Howard Kendall’s squad that played the all-important relegation match against Coventry City!

You can listen back to our podcast via the player below or by clicking here.