Bolton Wanderers F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Bolton Wanderers Development Squad
Bolton Wanderers emblem
Full name Bolton Wanderers F.C. Development Squad
Nickname(s) The Trotters
Founded 1874 (as Christ Church FC)
Ground County Ground
Manager England Jimmy Phillips (Under-18s)
League U21 Premier League

Premier Reserve League North Group 8th
Premier Academy League
Under-18 Group C, 7th
Current season

Bolton Wanderers Development Squad are the youth team of Bolton Wanderers and play in the FA Premier U21 League, Division 2. They also participate in the Manchester Senior Cup, although in recent years the teams entered in this competition have featured an increasing number of youth players.

Bolton Wanderers Development Squad play their home games at the County Ground in Leyland, the home ground of the Lancashire F.A.

Throughout the history of Bolton Wanderers F.C. many of the club's best known players have progressed through the reserve team. These include former captain Kevin Nolan.

The Academy[edit]

The Bolton Wanderers Academy was established in 1998 and is based at the club and the main training ground. It replaced the older, more informal youth system, and enabled the club to focus their youth development and scouting, employing new techniques and FA standards.

It is overseen by former Bolton Wanderers F.C. player Jimmy Phillips. It provides a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Bolton Wanderers.

Scouts attend many local youth matches looking for talented boys. A boy will then be invited to attend training sessions at the Academy. They are taken in as young as the age of eight. At this age, the boys start by simply attending after-school training sessions, but as they reach their middle-teens, their academic needs will be taken over by the Academy if they are deemed athletically talented enough.

Between the ages of eight and twelve the boys play in eight-a-side games of three twenty-minute periods. It allows the boys to play as defenders or as attackers in small groups within a system and is not as physically demanding as playing eleven-a-side matches.

The first player to graduate from the Academy to the first team was the former club captain, Kevin Nolan who had previously been on the youth books of Liverpool. He has since been followed into the first team by Joey O'Brien, Ricardo Vaz Tê and Bolton born Nicky Hunt.

In December 2012, the Bolton Academy was awarded Elite status by the Premier League.[1]


Development Squad[edit]

The following players are expected to play for the Bolton development squad during the 2014–15 Professional Development League, Division 2. They will compete in the league along with Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Reading, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Three players over the age of 21 and players from the U18 side are also eligible to play in these fixtures and the games will usually take place on a Monday afternoon or evening. Furthermore at least two of the club's development fixtures must be played at the Macron Stadium as per FA rules introduced in 2012.

The development squad is currently managed by former Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers coach Iain Brunskill as of November 2014.

As of 31 July 2014[2] Squad Numbers refer to players' first team squad number (for season 2014–15), where applicable. Reserve and youth games are 1–11.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
25 England MF Josh Vela
32 England FW Tom Eaves
34 England GK Ross Fitzsimons
37 England DF Quade Taylor
39 Northern Ireland MF Chris Lester
40 England FW Zach Clough
41 England DF Oscar Threlkeld
No. Position Player
42 Philippines MF Luke Woodland
43 England MF Andy Kellett
46 Bulgaria FW Georg Iliev
48 England DF Niall Maher
49 England FW Aaron Knight
50 England DF Ryan Sellers
52 England FW Tom Walker
- England FW Kaiyne Woolery
- England DF Alex Finney
- Slovenia DF Matija Boben

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
33 England DF Hayden White (on loan to Notts County until 31 May 2015)
38 England FW Sanmi Odelusi (on loan to Coventry City until 31 May 2015)
43 England DF Andy Kellett (on loan to Manchester United until 31 May 2015)
48 England DF Niall Maher (on loan to Blackpool until 31 May 2015)
- England FW Kaiyne Woolery (on loan to Notts County until 31 May 2015)

Managerial History[edit]

Reserves/Development Squad[edit]

Youth Team/Academy[edit]

Academy (Under-18s)[edit]

As of February 2015.[3]

Name Position Date of Birth Nationality
Will Abbotts Striker 13/03/1997 Wales
Max Allen Midfield 08/09/1997 England
James Ball Defender/Striker 01/12/1995 England
Harry Campbell Goalkeeper 16/11/1995 England
Channing Campbell-Young Midfield 18/09/1996 England
Christopher Cvetko Striker 02/04/1997 Austria
Enock Likoy-Elumba Striker 25/11/1997 England
Alex Finney Defender 06/06/1996 England
Tyler Garratt Defender 26/10/1996 England
Luke Griffiths Midfield 10/08/1998 England
Rob Holding Defender 20/09/1995 England
Alex Honeyball Defender 26/01/1998 England
Georg Iliev Striker 23/10/1994 Bulgaria
Will Jaaskelainen Goalkeeper 25/07/1998 England
Francis Kenyi Defender 16/11/1997 England
Carl Kennedy Midfield 11/09/1996 England
Danny McKenna Striker 04/01/1998 England
Niall Maher Defender 31/07/1995 England
Glenn Matthews Defender 09/11/1994 England
Kieran Nolan Defender 24/01/1997 England
Tyrell Palmer Midfield 05/10/1997 England
Alex Perry Midfield 04/03/1998 England
Nathaniel Phillips Defender 21/03/1997 England
Ryan Sellers Defender 13/10/1994 England
Callum Spooner Defender 15/02/1998 England
Quade Taylor Defender 11/12/1993 England
Jamie Thomas Striker 10/01/1997 Wales
Yvan Wassi Defender 06/05/1997 England
Luke Woodland Midfield 21/07/1995 England
Kaiyne Woolery Striker 11/01/1995 England
  • Academy Manager: England Jimmy Phillips
  • Academy Assistant Manager: England David Lee
  • Academy Assistant Manager: England Nicky Spooner
  • Player/Professional Development Coach England Andy Hughes
  • U-13 coach: England Mason McClelland
  • Goalkeeping Consultant: Republic of Ireland Keith Branagan
  • Head of Education, Welfare, Child Protection officer: England Lynda Watt
  • Academy Liaison Officer: England John Haworth
  • Academy physiotherapist: England Chris Bowman

In addition, the reserves and academy employ staff from the first-team.


The following players have been associated with the Bolton Wanderers Academy and have gone on to play league football for Bolton or other clubs since the Academy was founded in 1998.

Academy Graduates who have made at least one senior appearance for the Bolton Wanderers first team.

Other players associated with the Academy who have made at least one senior appearance for league clubs in Britain or abroad.


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