Cardiff City F.C. Academy

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Cardiff City
Full name Cardiff City
Nickname(s) The Bluebirds
Founded 2003
Chairman Mehmet Dalman
Manager Dick Bate (Head of Academy)
Nilton Terroso (U21 Coach)
Kevin Nicholson (U18 Coach)
League Professional Development League 2
2010–11 Premier Academy League U18 Group B, 8th

The Cardiff City F.C. Academy is the youth academy currently set up at Cardiff City in order to discover and nurture young talent. The academy has a range of players from ages seven to 21. The Under-21 league team compete in the Professional Development League 2.


The youth academy was set up in 2003,[1] the youth team however has taken part in several FA Youth Cup and Welsh Youth Cup competition before 2003.

According to the official Cardiff City FC Website:[2] "The Cardiff City football academy, is not simply a scheme, or a group of young players and coaches. It is all of these things; but most importantly, it is a philosophy and a culture. The club has always been dependent upon, and focused around the local community. The great players and teams throughout the clubs' history have always been built on the foundations of local boys and local talent. Cardiff City has a fantastic and proud history of nurturing young talent and are committed to continuous development of youth teams in future years. Cardiff City Football Club is fully committed to their fantastic academy, and recognises the importance of youth development".

Cardiff's scouts currently concentrate on searching South Wales, Hereford, Worcester, Swindon and Oxford. Now looking towards other areas of the United Kingdom including Scotland, As well as Ireland and with the recent appointment of scouts in these areas by Neal Ardley[3] Cardiff scouts are also based in foreign countries such as Austria, France and Guinea, with players coming to the academy from these countries.

On 1 July 2013, Kevin Nicholson was name Under 18s Head Coach, replacing Lee Skyrme. Nicholson joined from Exeter City FC and recently received the FA Elite Coaches Award.

Malaysia Grassroots Academy[edit]

As a result of their Malaysian ownership, Cardiff City also have an academy in Kuala Lumpur.[4]

Notable graduates[edit]

Wales Byron Anthony*
Wales Darcy Blake
Wales Jonathan Brown
Wales James Collins*
Wales Robert Earnshaw*
Wales Jamal Easter*
Wales Stuart Fleetwood*
Wales Chris Gunter


Wales Aaron Holloway
Wales Andrew Hughes
Wales Joe Jacobson
Wales Lee Jarman*
Wales Nathaniel Jarvis
Wales Declan John
Wales Joe Ledley


Wales Adam Matthews
Wales Curtis McDonald
Northern Ireland Josh Magennis
Wales Jonathan Meades
Wales Aaron Morris
England Adedeji Oshilaja
Wales Regan Poole


Wales Aaron Ramsey
Wales Christian Roberts*
Wales Damon Searle*
Wales Ben Swallow
Democratic Republic of the Congo David Tutonda
England Aaron Wildig
Wales Scott Young*

Those in bold have been capped at full international level. Those marked * progressed prior to academy status confirmed.


  • Education & Welfare Manager
    • Steve Ellis
  • Assistant Academy Manager
    • James McCarthy
  • Academy Operations Manager
    • Anthony Redwood
  • Academy Secretary
    • Sam Roberts
  • Lead Professional Development Coach
    • Kevin Nicholson (U18-U21)
  • Academy Goalkeeping Coach
    • Darran Lovell
  • Lead Development Coach
    • James Rowberry (U16)
  • Assistant Development Coach
    • Matthew Bloxham (U12-U16)
  • Lead Foundation Coach
    • Mark Neville
  • Head of Academy Recruitment
    • Paul McCarthy
  • Head of Sports Science & Medicine
    • Andy Shea
  • Development Squad Physiotherapist
    • Edward Richmond
  • Kit Manager
    • Alan Cross
  • Football Support Officer
    • Vinny Leach

Under 18s[edit]

The under-18s team plays in Group B of the FA Premier Academy League. Players with squad numbers have appeared in or are part of the senior team but regularly return to play for the under-18 team.

As of 6 September 2014

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

No. Position Player
Wales GK Joe Massaro
England GK Luke Wakeman
Wales DF Rhys Abbruzzese
Wales DF Ashley Baker
Wales DF Rollin Menayese
Wales DF Shane Parry
Wales DF Dylan Rees
Wales DF Sam Williams
Wales MF Tom Burridge
Wales MF Lloyd Humphries
Northern Ireland MF Gary Lavery
No. Position Player
Wales MF Robbie Patten
Wales MF Tom Pearson
Wales MF Will Taylor
Wales MF Jamie Veale
Wales FW Jamie Bird
Wales FW Ellis Bellamy
England FW Aidan Chappell-Smith
Wales FW Elvis Menayese
Wales FW Abdi Noor
Wales FW Eli Phillips
Wales FW Jake Watkins

Development Squad[edit]

In 2011, Cardiff City Football Club formed their Under-21 team who now compete in the Professional Development League 2 since the 2012-13 season.

As of 9 April 2015

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

No. Position Player
41 England DF Adedeji Oshilaja
42 England GK Ben Wilson
43 Wales MF Theo Wharton
44 Wales DF Thomas James
45 Wales MF Tommy O'Sullivan
46 England FW Rhys Healey
47 Uruguay DF Maximiliano Amondarain
49 Wales DF Josh Yorwerth
50 England MF Anthony Bell
51 Wales FW Gethyn Hill
52 Wales DF Kane Owen
54 Wales MF Jaye Bowen
55 England DF Jazzi Barnum-Bobb
No. Position Player
57 Wales MF Bradley Wickham
58 Wales DF Curtis Watkins
60 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF David Tutonda
61 Wales MF Macauley Southam
62 Wales MF Tyler Roche
Wales MF Robbie Patten
Wales FW Abdi Noor
Wales DF Dylan Rees
England FW Danny Johnson
United States GK Charlie Horton
Wales MF Ben Watkins
Wales FW Dane Griffiths

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  1. ^ "Prem clubs keep tabs on rising stars". (South Wales Echo). 25 June 2007. Retrieved 25 June 2007. 
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  3. ^ "Prem clubs keep tabs on rising stars" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 19 December 2007
  4. ^ "CARDIFF WEAR 'MALAYSIA' WITH PRIDE". Cardiff City F.C. Official Website (Cardiff City Football Club). 17 June 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.