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Youth Cup Flashback: Finalists '64

30 November 2012

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CONTINUING the look back at Town's memorable Youth Cup moments, the official website re-visits the year when Swindon made the final. 

The youth side managed by Bert Head made the final of the competition in 1964 where they faced Manchester United. The two-legged affair was made even more special by the presence of two iconic individuals: Don Rogers lined up for Town while a certain George Best was in the Manchester United team.

Amazingly, 17,000 packed into The County Ground for the first leg on April 27th. Rogers put Swindon ahead with just over half an hour played before Best notched an equaliser with 20 minutes to play.

The two sides went into the second leg just three days later all square. A double from David Sadler handed United a two-goal advantage before Bruce Walker pulled one back for Town. Sadler completed his hat-trick two minutes later and John Aston scored a fourth with time running out to seal a 4-1 win for the home side. 

United took home the trophy 5-2 on aggregate.

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