Chelsea F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Chelsea F.C. Reserves and Academy
Club crest
Full name Chelsea Football Club Reserves and Academy
Nickname(s) The Blues
The Young Blues
The Royal Blues
Ground Recreation Ground
Cobham Training Centre
Stamford Bridge
Ground Capacity 7,100 (Recreation Ground)
41,663 (Stamford Bridge)
Owner Roman Abramovich
Chairman Bruce Buck
Manager Adi Viveash (U21)
Jody Morris (U18)
League Professional U21 Development League League 1 (reserves)
Professional U18 Development League League 1 (academy)

Chelsea F.C. Reserves are the under-21 team of Chelsea Football Club. They play in Division 1 of the Professional U21 Development League, 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-21 team is coached by Adrian Viveash.

Chelsea F.C. Academy are 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 in 1960, 1961, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and ended being runners-up in 1958, 2008 and 2013. The youth team is coached by Joe Edwards. The academy is regarded as one of the best in English football [1] and 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.

Neil Bath is the Head of youth development who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the academy along with Michael Emenalo who is the current Technical Director, having been promoted from Assistant First Team Coach, and largely responsible for exploring and recruiting new young players around the world.

From 2013–14 season, the under-21 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 at Cobham in Surrey. Both teams occasionally use the club's home ground Stamford Bridge for important matches.

U21 squad[edit]

As of 15 July 2016.[2]

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

No. Position Player
34 England DF Ola Aina
37 England DF Jake Clarke-Salter
39 England DF Fankaty Dabo
41 England MF Charlie Colkett
42 England FW Tammy Abraham
43 England DF Fikayo Tomori
England GK Bradley Collins
England DF Dion Conroy
Sweden DF Ali Suljić
No. Position Player
England DF Jay Dasilva
United States MF Kyle Scott
England MF Isaac Christie-Davies
Scotland MF Ruben Sammut
England MF Mukhtar Ali
Belgium MF Tika Musonda
England MF Charlie Wakefield
Switzerland MF Miro Muheim
Ecuador MF Josimar Quintero

U18 squad[edit]

As of 9 July 2016.[3]

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 Jared Thompson
England GK Nathan Baxter
England GK Jamie Cumming
England DF Richard Nartey
England MF Marc Guehi
England DF Dujon Sterling
England DF Trevoh Chalobah
Sweden DF Joseph Colley
Wales DF Cole Dasilva
England DF Zech Medley
England DF Josh Grant
England MF Luke McCormick
England MF Tariq Uwakwe
No. Position Player
England DF Reece James
England MF Conor Gallagher
England MF Mason Mount
England MF George McEachran
England MF Jacob Maddox
Netherlands MF Juan Castillo
Scotland MF Harvey St Clair
England MF Nya Kirby
England FW Malakai Hinckson-Mars
England FW Iké Ugbo
England FW Martell Taylor-Crossdale
England FW Charlie Brown

Notable Academy graduates[edit]

Graduates of Chelsea's academy and 'A' teams who won at least one full international cap. NB: Bold players are still playing for the club, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs.

Young Player of the Year[edit]


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
Year Winner
2000 England Rhys Evans
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 Farhan Nasri Choglay
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

Academy Player of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
2015 England Dominic Solanke
2016 England Fikayo Tomori

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.
— Updated 15 May 2016[4]
Player Current Club Born International Honours Debut Manager
Neil Shipperley Retired England Chatham England U21 Age 18 v Southampton, 10 Apr. 1993 David Webb
Michael Duberry Retired England Enfield England U21 Age 18 v Coventry City, 4 May. 1994 Glenn Hoddle
Jody Morris Retired England Hammersmith England U21 Age 17 v Middlesbrough, 4 Feb. 1996
Mark Nicholls Retired England Hillingdon Age 19 v Leicester City, 12 Oct. 1996 Ruud Gullit
Neil Clement Retired England Reading England U18 Age 19 v West Ham United, 21 Dec. 1996
Paul Hughes Retired England Hammersmith Age 21 v Derby County, 18 Jan. 1997
Nick Colgan Retired Republic of Ireland Drogheda Full Ireland Caps Age 24 v West Ham United, 12 Mar. 1997
Joe Sheerin Retired England Hammersmith Age 18 v Wimbledon, 22 Apr. 1997
Steven Hampshire Retired Scotland Edinburgh Age 16 v Blackburn Rovers, 15 Oct. 1997
Nick Crittenden England Dorchester Town England Bracknell Age 19 v Southampton, 19 Nov. 1997
Jon Harley Retired England Maidstone England U21 Age 19 v Derby County, 5 Apr. 1998 Gianluca Vialli
John Terry England Chelsea England Barking Full England Caps Age 17 v Aston Villa, 28 Oct. 1998
Mikael Forssell Finland HJK Germany Steinfurt Full Finland Caps Age 19 v Arsenal, 31 Jan. 1999
Rob Wolleaston Retired England Perivale Age 19 v Huddersfield Town, 13 Oct. 1999
Samuele Dalla Bona Retired Italy San Donà di Piave Italy U21 Age 18 v Feyenoord, 24 Nov. 1999
Leon Knight Unattached England Hackney England U20 Age 19 v Levski Sofia, 27 Sep. 2001 Claudio Ranieri
Joel Kitamirike Retired Uganda Kampala Age 18 v Hapoel Tel Aviv, 18 Oct. 2001
Joe Keenan Retired England Southampton Age 19 v Aston Villa, 9 Feb. 2002
Carlton Cole Unattached England Croydon Full England Caps Age 18 v Everton, 6 Apr. 2002
Robert Huth England Leicester City Germany Berlin Full Germany Caps Age 17 v Aston Villa, 11 May. 2002
Filipe Oliveira Hungary Videoton Portugal Braga Portugal U21 Age 18 v Viking, 19 Sep. 2002
Alexis Nicolas Retired England Westminster Cyprus U21 Age 20 v Scarborough, 24 Jan. 2004
Steven Watt England Hastings United Scotland Aberdeen Scotland U21 Age 19 v Scunthorpe United, 8 Jan. 2005 José Mourinho
Anthony Grant England Port Vale England Lambeth England U19 Age 17 v Manchester United, 10 May. 2005
Lenny Pidgeley Unattached England Twickenham England U20 Age 21 v Charlton Athletic, 7 May. 2005
Jimmy Smith England Crawley Town England Newham England U19 Age 19 v Newcastle United, 7 May. 2006
Ben Sahar Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel Holon Full Israel Caps Age 18 v Macclesfield Town, 6 Jan. 2007
Michael Woods England Hartlepool United England York England U19 Age 16 v Macclesfield Town, 6 Jan. 2007
Scott Sinclair England Aston Villa England Bath England U21 Age 17 v Wycombe Wanderers, 10 Jan. 2007
Sam Hutchinson England Sheffield Wednesday England Windsor England U19 Age 17 v Everton, 13 May. 2007 Avram Grant
Miroslav Stoch Turkey Fenerbahçe Slovakia Nitra Full Slovakia Caps Age 19 v Arsenal, 30 Nov. 2008 Luiz Felipe Scolari
Michael Mancienne England Nottingham Forest England Feltham England U21 Age 21 v Watford, 14 Feb. 2009 Guus Hiddink
Fabio Borini England Sunderland Italy Bentivoglio Full Italy Caps Age 18 v Tottenham Hotspur, 20 Sep. 2009 Carlo Ancelotti
Jeffrey Bruma Germany VfL Wolfsburg Netherlands Rotterdam Full Netherlands Caps Age 17 v Blackburn Rovers, 24 Oct. 2009
Gaël Kakuta China Hebei China Fortune France Lille France U21 Age 18 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 21 Nov. 2009
Patrick van Aanholt England Sunderland Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch Full Netherlands Caps Age 19 v Portsmouth, 24 Mar. 2010
Josh McEachran England Brentford England Oxford England U21 Age 17 v MŠK Žilina, 15 Sep. 2010
Jacob Mellis England Bury England Nottingham England U19 Age 19 v MŠK Žilina, 23 Nov. 2010
Ryan Bertrand England Southampton England Southwark Full England Caps Age 21 v Birmingham City, 20 Apr. 2011
Lucas Piazon England Chelsea Brazil São Paulo Brazil U23 Age 18 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 25 Sep. 2012 Roberto Di Matteo
Nathan Aké England Bournemouth Netherlands The Hague Netherlands U21 Age 17 v Norwich City, 26 Dec. 2012 Rafael Benítez
Tomáš Kalas England Fulham Czech Republic Olomouc Full Czech Republic Caps Age 20 v Arsenal, 29 Oct. 2013 José Mourinho
Lewis Baker Netherlands Vitesse England Luton England U21 Age 18 v Derby County, 5 Jan. 2014
John Swift England Reading England Portsmouth England U21 Age 18 v Cardiff City, 11 May. 2014
Dominic Solanke England Chelsea England Basingstoke England U21 Age 17 v Maribor, 21 Oct. 2014
Andreas Christensen Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach Denmark Lillerød Full Denmark Caps Age 18 v Shrewsbury Town, 28 Oct. 2014
Ruben Loftus-Cheek England Chelsea England Lewisham England U21 Age 18 v Sporting Lisbon, 10 Dec. 2014
Isaiah Brown England Chelsea England Peterborough England U19 Age 18 v West Bromwich Albion, 18 May. 2015
Jake Clarke-Salter England Chelsea England Carshalton England U19 Age 18 v Aston Villa, 2 Apr. 2016 Guus Hiddink
Tammy Abraham England Chelsea England London England U19 Age 18 v Liverpool, 11 May 2016
Fikayo Tomori England Chelsea Canada Calgary England U19 Age 18 v Leicester City, 15 May 2016


Reserves Team[edit]

Academy Team[edit]


  1. ^ "Chelsea and Manchester City starting to dominate youth football". Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Chelsea F.C. Under-21 Squad". Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea F.C. Under-18 Squad". Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Academy roll of honour". Chelsea F.C. 8 April 2016.