Leeds United F.C. Reserves and Youth Team

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Leeds United Reserves are the English football reserve team of Leeds United 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.[1] 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 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.[2]

Leeds United Under 18s are the youth team of Leeds United 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.[3] 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[4] and the second time beating Crystal Palace 3–0 in 1997.[5]

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".[6]

The Leeds United Academy has produced several promising youngsters who have been controversially signed by top flight clubs in recent years.[7][8] Michael Woods, Ben Gordon and Tom Taiwo moved to Chelsea, 16-year old Elliot Kebbie was signed by Atletico Madrid,[9] 14-year olds George Swann and Louis Hutton were signed by Manchester City,[10] 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, Lewis Cook, Chris Dawson, Ross Killock, Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor, Zac Thompson, Lewis Walters and Aidan White all having made appearances in the first team squad recently.

About the Academy[edit]

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."[11]

Notable Graduates[edit]

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 15 November 2014.


Name Current club International
Byram, SamSam Byram Leeds United
Lees, TomTom Lees Sheffield Wednesday  England U21
White, AidanAidan White Leeds United  Ireland U21
Poleon, DominicDominic Poleon Oldham Athletic
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
Cook, LewisLewis Cook Leeds United  England U18


Name Current club International
Charles, JohnJohn Charles  Wales
Charlton, JackJack Charlton  England
Hair, GrenvilleGrenville Hair


Name Current club International
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


Name Current club International
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


Name Current club International
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


Name Current club International
Kewell, HarryHarry Kewell  Australia
Woodgate, JonathanJonathan Woodgate Middlesbrough  England
Harte, IanIan Harte Bournemouth  Republic of Ireland
Smith, AlanAlan Smith Notts County  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 Falkirk  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  Scotland
Knarvik, TommyTommy Knarvik  Norway U21


Name Current club International
Lennon, AaronAaron Lennon Tottenham Hotspur  England
Milner, JamesJames Milner Manchester City  England
Jones, ChrisChris Jones Bangor City  Wales U21
McMaster, JamieJamie McMaster Sutherland Sharks  England U20
Feeney, WarrenWarren Feeney Linfield  Northern Ireland
Folan, CalebCaleb Folan  Republic of Ireland
Elliott, TomTom Elliott Cambridge United  England U18
Madden, SimonSimon Madden Shamrock Rovers  Republic of Ireland
Walton, SimonSimon Walton Stevenage  England U19
Parker, BenBen Parker Guiseley  England U19
Woods, MartinMartin Woods Ross County  Scotland U21
Falkingham, JoshJosh Falkingham Dunfermline Athletic
Cansdell-Sherriff, ShaneShane Cansdell-Sherriff Preston North End  Australia U23
Carson, ScottScott Carson Wigan Athletic  England
Rose, DannyDanny Rose Tottenham Hotspur  England U21
Howson, JonnyJonny Howson Norwich City  England U21
Delph, FabianFabian Delph Aston Villa  England
Keogh, AndyAndy Keogh Perth Glory  Republic of Ireland
Richardson, FrazerFrazer Richardson Rotherham United
Kilgallon, MatthewMatthew Kilgallon Blackburn Rovers  England U21




Under 18s[edit]


Under 17s[edit]



For a more detailed list of Academy coaching staff, see Leeds United A.F.C. personnel#Academy Staff.

Academy Directors[edit]

From To Name Notes
1992 1997 Paul Hart
1998 2000 Alan Hill
1999 2000 Steve Beaglehole Assistant
2000 2001 Brian Kidd
2000 c.2001 Clive Richards Assistant
2001 2005 Gary Worthington Assistant
2002 2004 Andy Ritchie
2004 2010 Neil Thompson
2009 2010 Daral Pugh Assistant
2010 2011 Gwyn Williams Acting
2011 2012 Chris Sulley
2012 pres. Steve Holmes[disambiguation needed]

Development Squad[edit]

From To Name Notes
2012 pres. Neil Redfearn


From To Name Notes
1948 1960 Willis Edwards
1967 1975 Cyril Patridge
1978 1980 Bryan Edwards
1980 1991 Peter Gunby
1995 1997 David Williams
1997 1998 Eddie Gray
2000 2003 Lucas Murtagh
2003 2005 Steve Agnew
2006 2006 David Geddis
2006 2010 Neil Thompson
2010 pres. Neil Redfearn

Under 19s & 17s and 18s & 16s[edit]

From To Name Position
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 2014 Richard Naylor Under 18s Coach
2014 pres. Jason Blunt Under 18s Coach

Current players[edit]

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.[3]

Player DOB Position International Caps Notes
Young Professionals
England Dan Atkinson (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 18) GK Has represented England at Under-17 level Signed until 2015[12]
England Ricky Mclean (1997-01-27) 27 January 1997 (age 17) MF Signed until 2015[12]
England Sam Byram (1993-09-16) 16 September 1993 (age 21) RB Signed until 2016[13]
England Alex Cairns (1993-01-04) 4 January 1993 (age 21) GK Signed until 2015[14]
England Afolabi Coker (1995-09-03) 3 September 1995 (age 19) CB Signed until 2015[15]
England Lewie Coyle (1995-10-15) 15 October 1995 (age 19) DF Signed until 2015[12]
Wales Chris Dawson (1994-09-02) 2 September 1994 (age 20) CM Has represented Wales at Under-21 level Signed until 2016[16]
England Tyler Denton (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 19) MF Has represented England at Under-17 level Signed until 2015[12]
Republic of Ireland Eric Grimes (1995-02-04) 4 February 1995 (age 19) GK Has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level Signed until 2015[17]
England Ross Killock (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 20) CB Signed until 2015[18]
Northern Ireland Robbie McDaid (1996-10-23) 23 October 1996 (age 18) FW Has represented Northern Ireland at Under-20 level Signed until 2016[19]
England Alex Mowatt (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 19) CM Has represented England at Under-19 level Signed until 2017 [20]
England Luke Parkin (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 19) FW Signed until 2015[21]
England Kalvin Phillips (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 19) MF Signed until 2015[12]
England Alex Purver (1995-12-01) 1 December 1995 (age 19) MF Signed until 2015[12]
England Jake Skelton (1996-04-28) 28 April 1996 (age 18) DF Signed until 2015[12]
Republic of Ireland Eoghan Stokes (1996-05-17) 17 May 1996 (age 18) FW Has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-19 level Signed until 2015[22]
England Charlie Taylor (1993-09-18) 18 September 1993 (age 21) LB Has represented England at Under-19 level Signed until 2017[23]
England Zac Thompson (1993-01-05) 5 January 1993 (age 21) CM Signed until 2015[24]
England Lewis Walters (1995-03-28) 28 March 1995 (age 19) FW Signed until 2015[25]
2nd year scholars
England Isaac Assenso (1997-05-30) 30 May 1997 (age 17) DF [26]
England Liam Bennett (1996-09-03) 3 September 1996 (age 18) DF [26]
Australia Adam Berry (1997-02-20) 20 February 1997 (age 17) MF [27]
England Lewis Cook (1997-02-03) 3 February 1997 (age 17) CM Has represented England at Under-18 level [28]
England Piteu Crouz (1997-04-02) 2 April 1997 (age 17) FW [26]
England Tom Lyman (1996-12-28) 28 December 1996 (age 17) MF [28]
Zimbabwe Munya Mbanje (1996-09-01) 1 September 1996 (age 18) MF Has represented Zimbabwe at Under-23 level [26]
Republic of Ireland Ian Molloy (1996-11-27) 27 November 1996 (age 18) GK [27]
Republic of Ireland Frank Mulhern (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 17) FW Has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-19 level [26]
England Bailey Peacock-Farrell (1996-10-29) 29 October 1996 (age 18) GK
1st year scholars
England Tyla Bell (1997-12-13) 13 December 1997 (age 17) FW [28]
England Tom Pearce DF
England Mike Taylor MF
England Jack Turnbull DF
England Jack Vann (1998-06-12) 12 June 1998 (age 16) DF Unused sub for England at Under-16 level
Other academy players
England Moses Abioye GK
England Samuel Amissah FW
England Chanon Calverley MF
England Kavan Charlton DF
England Dominic Claxton MF
England Harry Crabtree FW
England Jake Croft DF
England Matty Downing DF
England Owen Edwards DF
England Joshua Fairhead DF
England Ryan Ferguson FW
England Matthew Fletcher GK
England Kelvin Frimpong FW
England Tom Godden DF
England Robbie Gotts DF
England Billy Hall FW
England Kieran Henry DF
England Jake Hooks DF
England Will Huffer (1998-10-30) 30 October 1998 (age 16) GK Has represented England at Under-17 level First Year Scholar 2015/16
England Matthew Keogh DF
England Liam Kitching MF
England Lewis Knight FW
England Moise Kroma FW
England Jack Lazenby DF
England Harrison Male MF
England Kieran Marshall FW
England Alfie McCalmont MF
England Dyson Musango FW
Republic of Ireland Callum Nicell MF
England Charlie Nixon MF
England Clarke Oduor FW
England Dipo Olaosun FW
England Joe Packer MF
England Lewis Pearson DF
England Lewis Pinder DF
England Tom Pugh MF
England Bradley Regan MF
England Henry Rollinson MF
England Jamie Shackleton MF
England Chris Sharpe DF
England Jack Talbot MF
England Mallik Wilks FW
England Alex Wollerton MF


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