Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur crest
Full name Tottenham Hotspur
Nickname(s) Spurs, The Lilywhites
Founded 5 September 1882, as Hotspur F.C.
Ground Hotspur Way, Enfield,
London, England
Chairman Daniel Levy
Manager Ugo Ehiogu (Development squad)
John McDermott (Academy)
League U21 Premier League
U18 Premier League

The Tottenham Hotspur Reserves consist of mainly young players under the age of 21 who have signed professional contracts, many of which have progressed through Tottenham's youth academy. The reserves in recent times have been known as the Development Squad to reflect the purpose of producing players for the first team. Though matches are billed as under 21, three overage players are allowed which gives the club the opportunity to give senior squad players a chance to play and keep or build up match fitness, often following an injury.

They have won one Premier Reserve League South title since the league's formation in 1999 and were runners-up in the inaugural Barclays U21 Premiership League which took over from 2012.

Historical reserve team[edit]

In 1948 Tottenham entered an 'A' team into the Eastern Counties League.[1] They won the League Cup in their first season and the league title and the East Anglian Cup in their second. In 1957–58 they again won both the league and East Anglian Cup and went onto win the League Cup the following season. They won three consecutive league titles in 1959–60, 1960–61 and 1961–62. In 1963 they left the ECL to join the Metropolitan League, which they won in 1966–67 as well as the League Cup in 1963–64 and the League Cup and Professional Cup in 1964–65. In 1969 they joined the South East Counties League, where they played until the formation of the Academy team in 1998, winning it three times between 1969 and 1973 and several times in the 1980s and 1990s.[1]

During their time in the ECL the club played at White Hart Lane, as well as at Hoddesdon Town's Lowfield Ground (1950–51), the Hoddesdon Sports Arena (1951–52) and Brookfields Lane in Cheshunt (1952–1963)

The Academy[edit]

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy coaches young footballers from the ages of 8 to 18 involving approximately 150 young players, looked after by 30 full-time and part-time staff. The academy features a network of 35 scouts who are tasked with finding the best local, national and international talent. Whilst under 16, in the Youth development phase, players are coached or play in the evenings and the weekend whilst they are in full-time education. On reaching 16, the best players are offered a place in the U18s Academy on a full-time 2 year Scholarship contract. This provides an academic programme alongside their football commitments. Players will usually progress through first and second years of the professional development phase whereupon on completion, they will be either offered a professional contract or be released. Where a player is borderline or has been held back because of injury there is the option of offering a third year at the Academy by exception.

Notable players to come through the Tottenham Hotspur Academy include Ledley King, Glenn Hoddle, Peter Crouch, Stephen Carr, Nick Barmby, Ian Walker and Sol Campbell all of whom have gone on to represent their country at international level.

The Academy Manager is John McDermott. One of the former Youth Team coaches is Alex Inglethorpe who joined the club in 2006 after a two-year spell as manager of Exeter City. In November 2012 after six years service to Tottenham he joined Liverpool to become their Under-21 coach.[2]

Development squad[edit]

Players who have progressed through the Academy and have shown the potential to play at a higher level are offered professional contracts and will then join the Development Squad. The Development Squad may also be joined by under 21 players signed from other clubs or free agents who have proved themselves in trials at the club. The purpose of the Development Squad is to produce new players for the First Team though breaking into the senior squad is no easy feat for a young player. As well as playing in U21 games players may be loaned out to other clubs in lower leagues or sometimes clubs abroad to give them experience and to aid their development.

As of the 2012 - 2013 season the Development squad have played in the Barclays U21 Premiership League. In July 2014 Ugo Ehiogu, former professional footballer was appointed Under-21 Team Coach following a period working part time with the Academy.[3]

Seasons[edit]

2005–06 season[edit]

Clive Allen became the manager of the reserve team at the beginning of the season and led them to their first FA Premier Reserve League South title staying in 1st position from mid-December until the end of the season. They lost just three times during the league season. In the Barclays Premiership Reserve League Play-Off which is contested by the winners of the Southern and Northern Reserve League title winners Tottenham Reserves lost 2–0 to Manchester United Reserves at Old Trafford. Home games were played at Broadhall Way, the home ground of Stevenage Borough.

2006–07 season[edit]

The 2006–07 was less successful for the reserve team with them finishing mid-table in fifth place behind league winners Reading, Watford, Chelsea and Leicester City. The academy team have made a vast improvement over the previous season and finished the league in third position in their Under 18 Group behind Reading and Leicester City.

The end of the season coincided with the end of a Tottenham career for Charlie Lee and Rob Burch with both being released to further their careers elsewhere.[4]

2007–08 season[edit]

From the 2007–08 season onwards they played their home matches at Leyton Orient's home ground Matchroom Stadium .

2008–09 season[edit]

On 1 July 2008, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the permanent transfer of Joe Martin who had previously been on loan, to Blackpool.[5] Spurs also loaned out Tomas Pekhart to Southampton, Troy Archibald-Henville to Norwich City, Simon Dawkins to Leyton Orient, David Button to Grays Athletic, Andrew Barcham, Leigh Mills and Charlie Daniels went on loan to Gillingham.[6]

In 2009, Grays Athletic this time loaned Lee Butcher another goalkeeper for a month[6] and Gillingham acquired Barcham permanently.[7] Charlie Daniels was allowed to join Leyton Orient on a free transfer.[8] Button this time went on loan to AFC Bournemouth, made his league debut for them and Archibald-Henville went to Exter City, while Yuri Berchiche and David Hutton both moved to Cheltenham Town.

2009–10 season[edit]

The club announced on 12 June 2009 that for the 2009–10 season it would not be entering a team in the Reserve League. Instead the reserve players would be loaned out for first team experience, and if necessary friendly matches would be arranged as required during the season to test out players returning from injury.[9]

2012–13 season[edit]

After not participating in the Reserve League for three seasons the club agreed to play in the newly formed Barclays U21 Premiership League. Tottenham U21s won the Group 2 League in the first half of the season which qualified them for the Elite Group, which they also won. This put them through to the end of the season Knock-out competition where they progressed all the way to the final, eventually losing 3-2 to Manchester United U21s.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European[edit]

  • Eurofoot Tournament
    • Winners (2): 2007, 2011
  • Premier League Champions Cup
    • Winners (1): 2014

Players[edit]

As of August 13 2014.[10]

Development squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Luke McGee
England DF Alexander McQueen
Serbia DF Miloš Veljković
England DF Connor Ogilvie
Northern Ireland DF Dominic Ball
South Africa DF Bongani Khumalo
Spain MF Cristian Ceballos
Portugal MF Rúben Lameiras
No. Position Player
Northern Ireland MF Aaron McEneff
England MF Harry Winks
England MF Nathan Oduwa
Slovakia MF Filip Lesniak
England FW Daniel Akindayini
England FW Emmanuel Sonupe
England FW William Miller

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
41 England FW Shaquile Coulthirst (at Southend United until the end of the 2014/15 season)
43 England DF Ryan Fredericks (at Middlesbrough until the end of the 2014/15 season)
England DF Grant Hall (at Birmingham City until the end of the 2014/15 season)
England MF Alex Pritchard ((at Brentford until the end of the 2014/15 season)
Republic of Ireland MF Kenneth McEvoy ((at Peterborough United until the end of the 2014/15 season)
England MF Grant Ward ((at Chicago Fire until the end of the 2014 season)
Croatia MF Tomislav Gomelt ((at Bari until the end of the 2014/15 season)

Academy[edit]

Second years[edit]

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

No. Position Player
47 England MF Joshua Onomah
England GK Harry Voss
England DF Channing Campbell-Young
England DF Anton Walkes
England DF Kyle Walker-Peters
England MF Joe Pritchard
No. Position Player
England MF Lloyd Ross
England MF Luke Amos
Cyprus MF Anthony Georgiou
Japan MF Cy Goddard
England FW Shayon Harrison

First years[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Australia GK Thomas Glover
Northern Ireland GK Thomas McDermott
England DF Christian Maghoma
United States DF Cameron Carter-Vickers
England DF Joe Muscatt
England MF Armani Daly
No. Position Player
England MF Christopher Paul
England MF Charlie Hayford
England MF Charlie Owens
Belgium MF Ismail Azzaoui
Greece MF Zenon Stylianides
England FW Ryan Loft

Academy management and support staff[edit]

Role[11] Name
Manager John McDermott
Head of recruitment Richard Allen
Performance manager Dean Rastrick
Under-18s coach Kieran McKenna
Goalkeeping coach Perry Suckling
Head physiotherapist Aaron Harris
Physiotherapist Janek Pearce

Reserve team manager history[edit]

  • Scotland Colin Calderwood (2001–2003)
  • England John McDermott (2005)
  • England Clive Allen
  • England Gareth Mason (2006-2007)
  • England Lee Connor Hagger (2007)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Blakeman, M (2010) The Official History of the Eastern Counties Football League 1935-2010, Volume II ISBN 978-1-908037-02-2
  2. ^ Simon Jones (27 November 2012). "Inglethorpe leaves Spurs youth role to become Rodgers' reserve team coach at Anfield". dailymail.co.uk. Mail Online. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Under 21s Appointment THFC website, Accessed 25 July 2014
  4. ^ tottenhamhotspur.com – Player Update
  5. ^ "Martin to Blackpool". tottenhamhotspur.com. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Grays loan for Butcher". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Barcham move made permanent". tottenhamhotspur.com. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Daniels leaves Spurs for Orient.". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  9. ^ Reserve News THFC website 2009-06-12 Retrieved, 2009-08-15
  10. ^ "Updated Academy Roster". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  11. ^ ABOUT THE ACADEMY, tottenhamhotspur.com, 22 January 2012

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