Leeds United A.F.C. Reserves and Youth Team
Leeds United Reserves are the English football reserve team of Leeds United A.F.C. The manager of the reserves is Neil Redfearn and they currently play behind closed doors friendlies at the club's training ground Thorp Arch. In previous seasons, the reserves have played at York City's Bootham Crescent, South Leeds Stadium and the first team's ground Elland Road. The reserves are generally a mix of recovering or fringe first-team players, young professionals and promising scholars.
The Leeds United Development Squad are the development squad of Leeds United A.F.C. They play in the Professional Development League. Neil Redfearn is the current manager of the team. They play at the club's training ground, Thorp Arch, although they have announced they may also occasionally play at Elland Road.
Leeds United Under 18s are the youth team of Leeds United A.F.C. They play in the Professional Development League. The youth team won the competition's predecessor, the Premier Academy League, in the 2002–03 season, when the league was split into Under-19s and Under-17s, with Leeds winning the Under-17s competition. Richard Naylor is the current coach of the Leeds Under 18s. They play at the club's training ground, Thorp Arch. The youth team also annually compete in the FA Youth Cup, having won it twice – the first time in 1993, beating Manchester United 4–1 and the second time beating Crystal Palace 3–0 in 1997.
Leeds' concentration on youth since the Ridsdale era attracted praise at the highest level with the president of FIFA Sepp Blatter commenting "Leeds, a club I greatly respect, have to be applauded for its efforts in this regard".
The Leeds United Academy has produced several promising youngsters who have been controversially signed by top flight clubs in recent years. Michael Woods, Ben Gordon and Tom Taiwo moved to Chelsea, 16-year old Elliot Kebbie was signed by Atletico Madrid, 14-year olds George Swann and Louis Hutton were signed by Manchester City, Danny Ward switched to Bolton Wanderers and Luke Garbutt moved to Everton while still in the Leeds United youth team.
Former players that graduated through the Leeds United academy include England internationals Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Paul Robinson, Scott Carson, Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Smith, Australian international Harry Kewell, Republic of Ireland internationals Stephen McPhail, Gary Kelly and Ian Harte and England Under-21 internationals Jonny Howson, Danny Rose, Matthew Kilgallon and Fabian Delph. Former club and international greats that also came through Leeds' youth ranks include; John Charles, Terry Cooper, Peter Lorimer, Paul Reaney, Norman Hunter, Jack Charlton, Albert Johanneson, Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, Gary Speed, John Lukic, David Batty, and Paul Madeley.
Graduates in the current Leeds United first team squad are plentiful, with Sam Byram, Alex Cairns, Chris Dawson, Ross Killock, Tom Lees, Alex Mowatt, Dominic Poleon, Charlie Taylor, Zac Thompson, Lewis Walters and Aidan White all having made appearances in the first team squad recently.
- 1 About the Academy
- 2 Notable Graduates
- 3 Honours
- 4 Managers
- 5 Current players
- 6 References
- 7 External links
About the Academy
The Leeds United website describes the Academy's philosophy as follows:
"At Leeds United Academy, players must learn to be technically proficient, be able to deal with the ball anywhere on the pitch. Tactically they must become familiar with the club’s system of play and understand the strengths and weaknesses within it. Physically players need to become the football athlete, someone that can play at the tempo that is required to compete at the highest level and psychologically they need to have a balanced view of success and failure so that by the time they have reached the Professional Development Phase they have the confidence to be able to deal with the stress of playing to win, week in and week out."
The following list includes players who have graduated from Leeds' youth system and have either become established in the club's first team, another club's first team and/or have been capped at international level.
As of 07 March 2014.
|Byram, SamSam Byram||Leeds United|
|Lees, TomTom Lees||Leeds United||England U21|
|White, AidanAidan White||Leeds United||Ireland U21|
|Poleon, DominicDominic Poleon||Leeds United|
|Cairns, AlexAlex Cairns||Leeds United|
|Taylor, CharlieCharlie Taylor||Leeds United||England U19|
|Dawson, ChrisChris Dawson||Leeds United||Wales U21|
|Mowatt, AlexAlex Mowatt||Leeds United||England U19|
|Charles, JohnJohn Charles||Wales|
|Charlton, JackJack Charlton||England|
|Hair, GrenvilleGrenville Hair|
|Madeley, PaulPaul Madeley||England|
|Bremner, BillyBilly Bremner||Scotland|
|Lorimer, PeterPeter Lorimer||Scotland|
|Gray, EddieEddie Gray||Scotland|
|Reaney, PaulPaul Reaney||England|
|Cooper, TerryTerry Cooper||England|
|Hunter, NormanNorman Hunter||England|
|Sprake, GaryGary Sprake||Wales|
|Greenhoff, JimmyJimmy Greenhoff||England-U23|
|Johanneson, AlbertAlbert Johanneson|
|Francis, GerryGerry Francis|
|Belfitt, RodRod Belfitt|
|Bates, MickMick Bates|
|McCalliog, JimJim McCalliog||Scotland|
|Hibbitt, TerryTerry Hibbitt|
|Harvey, DavidDavid Harvey||Scotland|
|Gray, FrankFrank Gray||Scotland|
|Yorath, TerryTerry Yorath||Wales|
|Stewart, DavidDavid Stewart||Scotland|
|Hampton, PeterPeter Hampton|
|Stevenson, ByronByron Stevenson||Wales|
|Harris, CarlCarl Harris||Wales|
|Lukic, JohnJohn Lukic||England B|
|Irwin, DenisDenis Irwin||Republic of Ireland|
|Sheridan, JohnJohn Sheridan||Republic of Ireland|
|Aspin, NeilNeil Aspin|
|Sellars, ScottScott Sellars||England U21|
|Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman||England|
|Swan, PeterPeter Swan|
|Wright, TommyTommy Wright|
|Scales, JohnJohn Scales||England|
|Batty, DavidDavid Batty||England|
|Speed, GaryGary Speed||Wales|
|Grayson, SimonSimon Grayson|
|Kewell, HarryHarry Kewell||Melbourne Heart||Australia|
|Woodgate, JonathanJonathan Woodgate||Middlesbrough||England|
|Harte, IanIan Harte||Bournemouth||Republic of Ireland|
|Smith, AlanAlan Smith||Milton Keynes Dons||England|
|Kelly, GaryGary Kelly||Republic of Ireland|
|Robinson, PaulPaul Robinson||Blackburn Rovers||England|
|Jones, MattMatt Jones||Wales|
|McPhail, StephenStephen McPhail||Shamrock Rovers||Republic of Ireland|
|Maybury, AlanAlan Maybury||Hibernian||Republic of Ireland|
|Couzens, AndyAndy Couzens|
|Bowman, RobRob Bowman||England U18|
|Sharp, KevinKevin Sharp||England U18|
|Edwards, NeilNeil Edwards||Wales U21|
|Forrester, JamieJamie Forrester||England U18|
|Ford, MarkMark Ford||England U21|
|Pettinger, PaulPaul Pettinger|
|Tinkler, MarkMark Tinkler||England U18|
|Jackson, MarkMark Jackson||England U20|
|Blunt, JasonJason Blunt||England U18|
|Whelan, NoelNoel Whelan||England U21|
|Gray, AndyAndy Gray||Bradford City||Scotland|
|Knarvik, TommyTommy Knarvik||FK Bodø/Glimt||Norway U21|
- The Central League (Tier 1)
- Winners (2) 1936-37, 1997–98
- The Central League, Division One East (Tier 2)
- Winners (1) 2008-09, 2009–10
- FA Youth Cup
- Winners (2) 1993, 1997
- Premier Academy League (Tier 1)
- Winners (1) 2002-03
- Milk Cup
- Winners (1) 2002
For a more detailed list of Academy coaching staff, see Leeds United A.F.C. personnel#Academy Staff.
|2012||pres.||Steve Holmes[disambiguation needed]|
Under 19s & 17s and 18s & 16s
|2000||2004||Pop Robson||Under 17s Coach (2000–01),
Under 19s Coach (2001–04)
|2006||2007||Steve Agnew||Under 18s Coach|
|2007||Paul Beesley||Under 18s Coach|
|2007||2009||Daral Pugh||Under 16s Coach
Under 18s Coach (2007–09)
|2009||2012||Neil Redfearn||Under 18s Coach|
|2012||pres.||Richard Naylor||Under 18s Coach|
Any player whether a professional, a young professional or a scholar is eligible to play for the reserves. Only players aged 21 or under, on 31 August of the current season, are eligible to play for the Development Squad. Three overage outfield players, and an overage goalkeeper may also play. Only players aged 18 or under, on 31 August of the current season (primarily scholars), are eligible to play for the Under 18s.
|Dan Atkinson||15 February 1996||GK||Has represented England at Under-17 level|||
|Luke Booker||30 January 1996||DF|||
|Sam Byram||16 September 1993||RB||Signed until 2016|
|Alex Cairns||4 January 1993||GK|||
|Afolabi Coker||3 September 1995||CB||Signed until 2015|
|Lewie Coyle||15 October 1995||DF|||
|Chris Dawson||2 September 1994||CM||Has represented Wales at Under-21 level||Signed until 2016|
|Tyler Denton||6 September 1995||MF||Has represented England at Under-17 level|||
|Eric Grimes||4 February 1995||GK||Has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-19 level||Signed until 2015|
|Ross Killock||12 July 1994||CB||Signed until 2015|
|Robbie McDaid||23 October 1996||FW||Has represented Northern Ireland at Under-19 level||Signed until 2016|
|Alex Mowatt||13 February 1995||CM||Has represented England at Under-19 level||Signed until 2017 |
|Luke Parkin||15 August 1995||FW||Signed until 2015|
|Kalvin Phillips||2 December 1995||MF|||
|Dominic Poleon||7 September 1993||FW||Signed until 2016|
|Alex Purver||1 December 1995||MF|||
|Jake Skelton||28 April 1996||DF|||
|Eoghan Stokes||17 May 1996||FW||Has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-17 level|||
|Charlie Taylor||18 September 1993||LB||Has represented England at Under-19 level||Signed until 2017|
|Zac Thompson||5 January 1993||CM||Signed until 2015|
|Lewis Walters||28 March 1995||FW||Signed until 2015|
|2nd year scholars|
|Isaac Assenso||30 May 1997||DF|||
|Liam Bennett||3 September 1996||DF|||
|Adam Berry||20 February 1997||MF|||
|Lewis Cook||3 February 1997||CM||Has represented England at Under-17 level|||
|Piteu Crouz||2 April 1997||FW|||
|Tom Lyman||28 December 1996||MF|||
|Munya Mbanje||1 September 1996||MF|||
|Ian Molloy||27 November 1996||GK|||
|Frank Mulhern||28 February 1997||FW||Has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-17 level|||
|1st year scholars|
|Other academy players|
|Will Huffer||GK||First Year Scholar 2015/16|
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- Leeds United The Next Chapter: Official Handbook 2008/09. Leeds United. 2008.
- David Barber. "Leeds upset United". The FA. Retrieved 2008-08-31.[dead link]
- "FA Youth Cup 1953-2006". The FA. Retrieved 2008-08-31.[dead link]
- "Blatter praises Leeds youth model". BBC Sport. BBC. 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- "Chelsea's Tom Taiwo set to leave Stamford Bridge after Leeds United legal feud". Daily Telegraph. 2010. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
- "Leeds prospect Elliott Kebbie prefers Barcelona". NNC. 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
- "Leeds Uniteds Elliot Kebbie joins Atletico Madrid". Daily Mail. DAILY MAIL SPORT. 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
- "Manchester City agree to pay Leeds £800,000 for academy duo Louis Hutton and George Swann". Daily Mail. DAILY MAIL SPORT. 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
- "About the Academy". Leeds United. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
- Official Leeds United A.F.C. website - Reserve Player Profiles
- Official Leeds United A.F.C. website - Academy Player Profiles