West Ham United F.C. Reserves and Academy

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The West Ham United Academy is recognised as one of the most successful academies in modern football, hence its nickname the Academy of Football.[1] The introduction of the FA's new Academy system in 1998 has placed even more emphasis on the developing of young homegrown players and today the youth system at West Ham is more important than it has ever been.[2] With the influx of many foreign players in the Premier League during modern times, West Ham United has been regarded as one of the few remaining clubs in top flight to continue producing and playing homegrown English players.

The Academy has notably produced England internationals Bobby Moore, Sir Trevor Brooking, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Kieran Richardson, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson.[3][4] Ferdinand and Lampard were part of the squad that lost the final of the 1996 FA Youth Cup while Cole and Carrick were part of the successful team in the 1999 campaign. Most recent graduates include first team regulars former England U-21 captain Mark Noble, Wales international Jack Collison and England U-21 internationals James Tomkins, Junior Stanislas and Zavon Hines.[5]

Development squad[edit]

The West Ham United Reserves competed in the Premier Reserve League South until relegation from the Premier league. The side is now classed as a development squad coached by Nick Haycock.[6] Friendly games were usually played at Chadwell Heath and other clubs training grounds.

Since the 2012–13 season, the team have played in the Professional Development League for players under the age of 21 and a restricted number of over age players.[7] Home games will be played at Rush Green and the Boleyn Ground.

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

No. Position Player
27 England DF Danny Potts
29 Switzerland GK Raphael Spiegel
31 England MF Danny Whitehead
32 England FW Elliot Lee
35 England DF Reece Oxford
36 England MF Blair Turgott
37 England DF Leo Chambers
41 England MF Matthias Fanimo
42 Republic of Ireland FW Seán Maguire
43 England FW Jaanai Gordon
44 England DF Reece Burke
United States MF Sebastian Lletget
No. Position Player
England DF Lewis Page
England DF Sam Westley
England DF Amos Nasha
England MF Nathan Mavila
England MF Moses Makasi
Republic of Ireland MF Josh Cullen
England MF Dymon Labonne
England MF Kieran Bywater
Australia FW Taylor Tombides
England FW Jordan Brown
England FW Paul McCallum
Republic of Ireland FW Kieran Sadlier

'A' team[edit]

Between 1948 and 1956 West Ham entered an 'A' team into the Eastern Counties League.[8] In 1952 they also began playing in the Metropolitan League. After leaving the ECL they remained in the Metropolitan League, winning the League Cup in 1957–58 and the Professional Cup in 1959–60, 1966–67 and 1968–69. They left the league when it merged into the Metropolitan London League in 1971, and instead entered a youth team into the South East Counties League, which they won in 1984–85, 1995–96 and 1997–98, before leaving when the FA Academy system was set up in 1998.[8]


see main article the Academy of Football

The West Ham Under-18s play in the Premier Academy League Group A. Home games are staged at Little Heath, Hainault Road in Romford, Essex. Tony Carr, a former West Ham player himself, has been the youth academy director since 1973.[9] They have won the U-19 title twice in 1998–99 and 1999-00, when the Academy League was split into the U-17s and U-21s.

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 Sam Howes
England GK Tim Brown
England GK Clarke Bogard
England GK Dan Boness
England DF Emmanuel Onariase
England DF Tunji Akinola
England DF Josh Pask
Malta DF Oscar Borg
England DF Kyle Knoyle
England DF Alex Pike
England DF Vashon Neufville
Switzerland MF Noha Sylvestre
No. Position Player
Senegal MF Grady Diangana
England MF Ross Elsom
England MF Decarrey Sherriff
England MF Marcus Browne
England MF Kieran Bailey
England MF Matt Carter
England MF Ben Marlow
England MF Fatia Adebayo
United States FW Djair Parfitt-Williams
England FW Jeremiah Amoo
England FW Jordan Brown
England FW Jahmal Hector-Ingram


  1. ^ West Ham, USL develop partnership USL Soccer
  2. ^ West Ham United Academy – History West Ham United FC
  3. ^ "Carr's kids on biggest stage". whufc.com. 20 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hammers' stars of the future shine". Waltham Forest Guardian. 9 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Smyth, Rob (21 September 2009). "Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend". London: The Guardian. 
  6. ^ http://www.whufc.com/page/Staff/0,,12562,00.html
  7. ^ Official West Ham site http://www.whufc.com/articles/20120611/hendon-gearing-up-for-new-season_2236884_2806196
  8. ^ a b Blakeman, M (2010) The Official History of the Eastern Counties Football League 1935-2010, Volume II ISBN 978-1-908037-02-2
  9. ^ Who's who West Ham United FC