Rochdale: Chris Beech likens youngsters to 'Class of '92'

Rochdale's Jamie Allen
Midfielder Jamie Allen (left) came through Rochdale's youth ranks and has made 23 appearances this term

Rochdale assistant boss Chris Beech has likened the club's group of youngsters to "a lower-league 'Class of '92'".

Dale beat Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup third round with a number of academy products involved.

Manchester United's 'Class of 92' featured David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Phil and Gary Neville and won the 1992 FA Youth Cup.

"There were six players in that squad who represented Rochdale in the FA Youth Cup three years ago," said Beech.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "I dare say it but it's almost a lower-league 'Class of '92', it's unbelievable, I'm so pleased for them."

The Manchester United team-mates played a major role in Sir Alex Ferguson's reign, helping the club to win numerous trophies.

Beech, 40, was in charge of Dale's youth development before moving to work alongside boss Keith Hill in 2013.

Callum Camps and Joel Logan made their first starts for the club in the 1-0 win, alongside fellow former youth players Jamie Allen and Scott Tanser, while Andrew Cannon and Jonathan Diba Musangu were on the bench - all of whom are 20 or under.

Dale have been rewarded with a home tie against Premier League side Stoke City in the fourth round.

"They're technical players with a good upbringing, but of course it's the other side of the game," added Beech of his side's youngsters.

"It's not about the ability they have with the football, it's what they do off the ball and we want our players to be the best they can be with the football."

The Class of 92 stars
The rise of Scholes, Butt, Giggs, Beckham and the Neville brothers was featured in a film