Chelsea F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Chelsea U-23 and Academy
Chelsea FC.svg
Full nameChelsea Football Club Under-23s and Academy
Nickname(s)The Blues
The Young Blues
GroundRecreation Ground
Cobham Training Centre
Stamford Bridge
Capacity7,100 (Recreation Ground)
40,853 (Stamford Bridge)
OwnerRoman Abramovich
ChairmanBruce Buck
ManagerAndy Myers (U23)
Ed Brand (U18)
LeaguePremier League 2 (under-23s)
U18 Premier League (academy)

Chelsea F.C. Under-23s are the under-23 team of Chelsea Football Club. They play in the Premier League 2, which is the top level of reserve football in England. They were the champions in the 2013–14 season. The team mainly consists of under-21 players at the club, although senior players occasionally have an appearance, for instance when they are recovering from injury. The under-23 team is managed by Andy Myers and the under-18 team is managed by Ed Brand.

Chelsea F.C. Academy is the under-18 team of Chelsea Football Club. It is a member of the Professional U18 Development League. They have won the FA Youth Cup nine times, including five consecutive titles between 2014 and 2018. The academy has produced many successful players such as the brothers Ron and Allan Harris, Peter Bonetti, Bobby Tambling, Barry Bridges, Bert Murray, John Hollins, Peter Osgood, Ray Wilkins, Graeme Le Saux, Bobby Smith, Terry Venables, Jimmy Greaves, and John Terry. Moreover, Chelsea earned reputation as being the only English club so far to have reached most finals of the UEFA Youth League, winning twice and finishing runners-up twice.

Neil Bath, who is the Head of Youth Development, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the academy.[1]

From the 2013–14 season, the under-23 team play their home games at Aldershot Town's Recreation Ground. The under-18 team play their home games at the club's Cobham Training Centre in Cobham, Surrey. Both teams occasionally use the club's home ground Stamford Bridge for important matches.

Development squad (U23)[edit]

As of 15 January 2021[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
40 GK Croatia CRO Karlo Žiger
43 DF England ENG Jack Wakely
46 DF England ENG Dynel Simeu
47 DF England ENG Henry Lawrence
48 DF France FRA Pierre Ekwah Elimby
49 MF Austria AUT Thierno Ballo
50 FW Republic of Ireland IRL George Nunn
51 MF England ENG Marcel Lewis
53 DF Northern Ireland NIR Sam McClelland
54 MF England ENG Lewis Bate
55 MF England ENG Tino Anjorin
No. Pos. Nation Player
56 DF England ENG Levi Colwill
57 DF England ENG Tino Livramento
58 MF England ENG Myles Peart-Harris
59 MF England ENG Dion Rankine
64 FW Norway NOR Bryan Fiabema
71 GK Finland FIN Lucas Bergström
GK England ENG Teddy Sharman-Lowe
DF Netherlands NED Xavier Mbuyamba
DF England ENG Dujon Sterling
MF England ENG George McEachran
FW England ENG Jude Soonsup-Bell

U18 squad[edit]

As of 15 January 2020[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
60 MF England ENG Xavier Simons
61 DF England ENG Josh Brooking
62 DF England ENG Bashir Humphreys
63 DF England ENG Charlie Wiggett
65 MF England ENG Ben Elliott
66 MF England ENG Joe Haigh
67 MF England ENG Harvey Vale
68 MF England ENG Charlie Webster
72 GK England ENG Prince Adegoke
GK France FRA Sami Tlemcani
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF England ENG Derrick Abu
DF England ENG Luke Badley-Morgan
DF England ENG Alfie Gilchrist
DF England ENG Alex Kpakpe
MF Sweden SWE Edwin Andersson
MF England ENG Josh Tobin
FW Finland FIN Aleksi Heino
FW England ENG Malik Mothersille
FW Finland FIN Jimi Tauriainen
FW England ENG Silko Thomas

Management team[edit]

Technical mentor France Claude Makélélé
Head of youth development England Neil Bath
Development squad manager England Andy Myers
Development squad assistant England Jon Harley
England Eric Ramsay
Under-18's manager England Ed Brand
Under-18's assistant England James Simmonds

Notable Academy graduates[edit]

Players who have at least 10 senior international caps and/or at least 100 appearances for Chelsea. Players who still play for Chelsea, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are in bold.

Young Player of the Year[edit]

As of the 2019–20 season[4]
Year Winner
1983 England Keith Dublin
1984 England Robert Isaac
1985 England Gareth Hall
1986 England Mick Bodley
1987 England Jason Cundy
1988 Scotland Eddie Cunnington
1989 No award
1990 No award
1991 England Andy Myers
1992 England Zeke Rowe
1993 England Neil Shipperley
1994 England Mark Nicholls
1995 Republic of Ireland Chris McCann
1996 England Jody Morris
1997 England Nick Crittenden
1998 England John Terry
1999 Italy Samuele Dalla Bona
2000 England Rhys Evans
 
Year Winner
2001 England Leon Knight
2002 England Carlton Cole
2003 Germany Robert Huth
2004 Germany Robert Huth
2005 Germany Robert Huth
2006 France Lassana Diarra
2007 Nigeria John Obi Mikel
2008 England The U18s youth team
2009 England Michael Mancienne
2010 England The U18s youth team
2011 England Josh McEachran
2012 Brazil Lucas Piazon
2013 Netherlands Nathan Aké
2014 England Lewis Baker
2015 France Kurt Zouma
2016 England Ruben Loftus-Cheek
2017 No award
2018 Denmark Andreas Christensen
 
Year Winner
2019 England Callum Hudson-Odoi
2020 No award

Academy Player of the Year[edit]

As of the 2019–20 season[4]
Year Winner
2015 England Dominic Solanke
2016 England Fikayo Tomori
2017 England Mason Mount
2018 England Reece James
2019 England Conor Gallagher
2020 Scotland Billy Gilmour

Academy graduates (1992–present)[edit]

— Academy graduates who still play for Chelsea, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are in bold.[5]
Player International caps Debut Manager
England Neil Shipperley England U21 Age 18 v Southampton, 10 April 1993 David Webb
England Michael Duberry England U21 Age 18 v Coventry City, 4 May 1994 Glenn Hoddle
England Jody Morris England U21 Age 17 v Middlesbrough, 4 February 1996
England Mark Nicholls Age 19 v Leicester City, 12 October 1996 Ruud Gullit
England Neil Clement England U18 Age 19 v West Ham United, 21 December 1996
England Paul Hughes Age 21 v Derby County, 18 January 1997
Republic of Ireland Nick Colgan Full Ireland caps Age 24 v West Ham United, 12 March 1997
England Joe Sheerin Age 18 v Wimbledon, 22 Aprič 1997
Scotland Steven Hampshire Age 16 v Blackburn Rovers, 15 October 1997
England Nick Crittenden Age 19 v Southampton, 19 November 1997
England Jon Harley England U21 Age 19 v Derby County, 5 April 1998 Gianluca Vialli
England John Terry Full England caps Age 17 v Aston Villa, 28 October 1998
Finland Mikael Forssell Full Finland caps Age 17 v Arsenal, 31 January 1999
England Rob Wolleaston Age 19 v Huddersfield Town, 13 October 1999
Italy Samuele Dalla Bona Italy U21 Age 18 v Feyenoord, 24 November 1999
England Leon Knight England U20 Age 19 v Levski Sofia, 27 September 2001 Claudio Ranieri
England Joel Kitamirike Age 18 v Hapoel Tel Aviv, 18 October 2001
England Joe Keenan Age 19 v Aston Villa, 9 February 2002
England Carlton Cole Full England caps Age 18 v Everton, 6 April 2002
Germany Robert Huth Full Germany caps Age 17 v Aston Villa, 11 May 2002
Portugal Filipe Oliveira Portugal U21 Age 18 v Viking, 19 September 2002
Cyprus Alexis Nicolas Cyprus U21 Age 20 v Scarborough, 24 January 2004
Scotland Steven Watt Scotland U21 Age 19 v Scunthorpe United, 8 January 2005 José Mourinho
England Anthony Grant England U19 Age 17 v Manchester United, 10 May 2005
England Lenny Pidgeley England U20 Age 21 v Charlton Athletic, 7 May 2005
England Jimmy Smith England U19 Age 19 v Newcastle United, 7 May 2006
Israel Ben Sahar Full Israel caps Age 18 v Macclesfield Town, 6 January 2007
England Michael Woods England U19 Age 16 v Macclesfield Town, 6 January 2007
England Scott Sinclair England U21 Age 17 v Wycombe Wanderers, 10 January 2007
England Sam Hutchinson England U19 Age 17 v Everton, 13 May 2007 Avram Grant
Slovakia Miroslav Stoch Full Slovakia caps Age 19 v Arsenal, 30 November 2008 Luiz Felipe Scolari
England Michael Mancienne England U21 Age 21 v Watford, 14 February 2009 Guus Hiddink
Italy Fabio Borini Full Italy caps Age 18 v Tottenham Hotspur, 20 September 2009 Carlo Ancelotti
Netherlands Jeffrey Bruma Full Netherlands caps Age 17 v Blackburn Rovers, 24 October 2009
Democratic Republic of the Congo Gaël Kakuta Full DR Congo caps Age 18 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 21 November 2009
Netherlands Patrick van Aanholt Full Netherlands caps Age 19 v Portsmouth, 24 March 2010
England Josh McEachran England U21 Age 17 v MŠK Žilina, 15 September 2010
England Jacob Mellis England U19 Age 19 v MŠK Žilina, 23 November 2010
England Ryan Bertrand Full England caps Age 21 v Birmingham City, 20 April 2011
Brazil Lucas Piazon Brazil U23 Age 18 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 25 September 2012 Roberto Di Matteo
Netherlands Nathan Aké Full Netherlands caps Age 17 v Norwich City, 26 December 2012 Rafael Benítez
Czech Republic Tomáš Kalas Full Czech Republic caps Age 20 v Arsenal, 29 October 2013 José Mourinho
England Lewis Baker England U21 Age 18 v Derby County, 5 January 2014
England John Swift England U21 Age 18 v Cardiff City, 11 May 2014
England Dominic Solanke Full England caps Age 17 v Maribor, 21 October 2014
Denmark Andreas Christensen Full Denmark caps Age 18 v Shrewsbury Town, 28 October 2014
England Ruben Loftus-Cheek Full England caps Age 18 v Sporting Lisbon, 10 December 2014
England Isaiah Brown England U20 Age 18 v West Bromwich Albion, 18 May 2015
Burkina Faso Bertrand Traoré Full Burkina Faso caps Age 20 v Maccabi Tel Aviv, 16 September 2015
England Jake Clarke-Salter England U21 Age 18 v Aston Villa, 2 April 2016 Guus Hiddink
England Tammy Abraham Full England caps Age 18 v Liverpool, 11 May 2016
England Fikayo Tomori Full England caps Age 18 v Leicester City, 15 May 2016
Nigeria Ola Aina Full Nigeria caps Age 19 v Bristol Rovers, 23 August 2016 Antonio Conte
England Nathaniel Chalobah Full England caps Age 21 v Leicester City, 20 September 2016
Belgium Charly Musonda Belgium U21 Age 20 v Arsenal, 6 August 2017
Ivory Coast Jérémie Boga Full Ivory Coast caps Age 20 v Burnley, 12 August 2017
England Dujon Sterling England U20 Age 17 v Nottingham Forest, 20 September 2017
England Callum Hudson-Odoi Full England caps Age 17 v Newcastle United, 28 January 2018
United States Kyle Scott United States U20 Age 20 v Hull City, 16 February 2018
England Mason Mount Full England caps Age 20 v Manchester United, 11 August 2019 Frank Lampard
Scotland Billy Gilmour Scotland U21 Age 18 v Sheffield United, 31 August 2019
England Reece James Full England caps Age 19 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
England Marc Guehi England U21 Age 19 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
Netherlands Ian Maatsen Netherlands U18 Age 17 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
England Tino Anjorin England U19 Age 17 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
England Tariq Lamptey England U21 Age 19 v Arsenal, 29 December 2019
Albania Armando Broja Full Albania caps Age 18 v Everton, 8 March 2020

Honours[edit]

Chelsea players celebrating winning the 2015–16 FA Youth Cup.

Reserves Team[edit]

Academy Team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neil Bath | Official Site | Chelsea Football Club". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Chelsea Academy – Development Squad". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Introducing the 2020/21 Academy scholars". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Callum Hudson-Odoi wins Young Player of the Year and Conor Gallagher picks up Academy prize | Official Site | Chelsea Football Club". chelseafc.com. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Academy roll of honour". chelseafc.com. 28 January 2018.

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