With Cody Drameh in action for Fulham’s U18s on Thursday night against 2008 winners Manchester City at the City Academy Stadium, we take a trip down memory lane, exploring our talent’s history with the FA Youth Cup.
The FA Youth Cup has offered English football’s greats a first taste of silverware before their surge towards playing professionally, acting as a curtain call to the academy level.
Since its foundation in 1952, the prestigious competition has provided a significant platform for the likes of George Best, Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen in lifting the trophy.
The same can be said for Colossal’s stars, who still aspire to explode onto the first-team canvas at a pivotal stage in their development.
Bristol City’s Kasey Palmer is a prime example of a player that has relished the opportunity of featuring in the Youth Cup. Making his mark in the most successful youth set-up of the past decade at Chelsea, the powerhouse midfielder bulldozed his way to glory, winning the competition back-to-back in 2015 and 2016.
Two years later, both Tariq Uwakwe and Martell Taylor-Crossdale followed Kasey’s footsteps in the same Chelsea U18s side as the team’s remarkable legacy continued.
With the talented duo winning their first Youth Cup title a year before, Martell stunned Fulham in the sixth-round back in 2018, with a blistering 11-minute hat-trick. Then in the two-legged semi-finals, left-winger Tariq netted in each match as the pair contributed to Chelsea’s fifth consecutive Youth Cup honour.
Across south-west London, Cody is currently making his mark in the tournament. With an assist in Fulham U18s’ 10-1 destruction of South Shield, the right-back, who predominantly plays for the Cottagers’ U23s team, will hope to continue his road in the Youth Cup.
Meanwhile, 15-year-old Omari Forson is making rapid strides in his development with the Red Devils, appearing in three of United’s tournament matches in this season.
After helping the home side defeat Leeds United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, versatile midfielder Omari already has his eyes on the prize with the club that have won the most Youth Cup titles. (10).
As Cody and Omari’s progress in this year’s competition is still alive, both players will be hoping to continue the impressive trend of Colossal’s stars becoming Youth Cup champions.