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Football: Where are they now? The 2002 FA Youth Cup Final between Aston Villa and Everton was a dazzling advertisement for the players of tomorrow. Hyder Jawad charts the youngsters' progress since.

Byline: Hyder Jawad

ASTON VILLA

Wayne Henderson: A goalkeeper who has yet to make a first team appearance for Aston Villa but has spent time on loan with Tamworth and Wycombe Wanderers. Now on loan with Notts County.

Andrew Wells: Released by Aston Villa in the summer of 2003.

Liam Ridgewell: A central defender with a sweet left foot. Injured at present but a valued member of the first-team squad, having looked assured at Premiership level. A nice guy, too.

Ryan Amoo: Joined Northampton Town on loan last season, played one match, and signed for the club on a permanent basis in the summer of 2004 after failing to secure a contract with Aston Villa.

Never played for Villa's first team.

Peter Whittingham: With his good control, Whittingham has flourished in the Aston Villa first team since making his debut away to Newcastle United towards the end of the 2002-03 season. Wears a permanent smile.

Peter Hynes: Scored in the 4-1 win for Aston Villa in the final first leg at Goodison Park. Spent time on loan with Doncaster Rovers and Cheltenham Town last season but was released by Aston Villa, without making a first-team appearance. Signed for Tamworth in the summer but left and is now looking for a club.

Colin Marshall: Released by Aston Villa in July 2004 after making no first-team appearance - having spent time on loan with Clyde - and now plays for St Johnstone in Scotland.

Steven Davis: At last, after spending virtually his whole life with Aston Villa, he made his first-team debut in the match away to Norwich City this season. Stephen Foley-Sheridan: One of the few players to have played in two FA Youth Cup finals. Foley-Sheridan played against Middlesbrough for Aston Villa in 2004. No first-team appearances yet but a part of the reserve team.

Luke Moore: Scored in the 4-1 win for Aston Villa in the final first leg at Goodison Park. After spending time on loan with Wycombe Wanderers in 2003-04, made his Aston Villa debut in the hottest of atmospheres - at home to Birmingham City. Still only 18, he has played for Villa's first team ten times.

Stefan Moore: Scored twice in the 4-1 win for Aston Villa in the final first leg at Goodison Park. Stefan Moore has played 29 matches for Aston Villa's first team, in addition three matches on loan with Chesterfield. Now on loan with Millwall, he played in the Uefa Cup home tie against Ferencvaros of Hungary but did not make the squad for the return leg on Thursday night.

James O'Connor: No first-teamappearances for Aston Villa yet but his played four matches on loan for Port Vale this season.

Michael Husbands: Played five matches on loan with Hereford United in 2002-03 and was released by Aston Villa without making a first-team appearance. Now plays for Southend United.

EVERTON

Andrew Pettinger: Having failed to make a first-team appearance for Everton, the goalkeeper was released in December 2002 and then played three times for Grimsby Town. He surprisingly retired from football but has now returned to Grimsby.

Brian Moogan: Released by Everton in May 2004, after failing to make any first-team appearances.

Steven Schumacher: Never made a first-team appearance for Everton but enjoyed a brief spell on loan with Carlisle United and now plays for Bradford City.

Craig Garside: Released by Everton in May 2004, without making a first-team appearance. Now playing in the Welsh League for Colwyn Bay.

Martin Crowder: Released by Everton in May 2003 without making any first-team appearances. Now playing non-League football for Burscough.

Scott Brown: Scored the only goal in the second leg of the final at Villa Park.

Released by Everton, without making any first-team appearances, in May 2004. Now with Bristol City.

Steven Beck: Released by Everton withoutmaking a first-team or reserve-team appearance. He joined Total Network Solutions in the Welsh League. Alan Moogan: Released by Everton in May 2004, without making a first-team appearance, but is undergoing rehabilitation at the club after suffering a serious knee injury.

David Carney: Never made a first-team appearance for Everton but, after enjoying a brief spell on loan with Oldham Athletic and then returning home to Australia, he now plays for Halifax Town.

Michael Symes: Never made a first-team appearance for Everton but enjoyed a brief spell on loan with Crewe Alexandra and now plays for Bradford City.

Wayne Rooney: Scored in the first leg of the final at Goodison Park when Aston Villa won 4-1. Widely believed to have done fairly well for himself since.

Paul Hopkins: Still on Everton's books - he is a regular in the Under-18 team - but not yet in the frame for a first-team place.

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Stefan Moore raises the FA Youth Cup in 2002; How The Post reported Vill's triumphant young side after the second leg of the FA Youth Cup final; Stefan Moore (left) who promised so much when he scored in the FA Youth Cup Final has drifted away from Aston Villa. This week he was even unable to get into the Millwall side that travelled to Ferencvaros this week
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