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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.

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 is regarded as one of the best in English football[citation needed] 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. The under-18 team is managed by Ed Brand.

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

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 9 September 2019[1]

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

No. Position Player
Ivory Coast GK Nicolas Tie
Croatia GK Karlo Žiger
England DF Marc Guehi
England DF Tariq Lamptey
Portugal DF Marcel Lavinier
Netherlands DF Ian Maatsen
England DF Jack Wakely
No. Position Player
England MF Tino Anjorin
Scotland MF Billy Gilmour
England MF George McEachran
England MF Clinton Mola
England MF Jon Russell
England MF Tariq Uwakwe
England FW Charlie Brown

U18 squad[edit]

As of 9 September 2019[2]

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 Jake Askew
Finland GK Lucas Bergström
United States GK Ethan Wady
England DF Jordan Aina
England DF Josh Brooking
England DF James Clark
England DF Levi Colwill
France DF Pierre Ekwah-Elimby
England DF Bashir Humphreys
England DF Tino Livramento
Northern Ireland DF Sam McClelland
England DF Dynel Simeu
No. Position Player
England DF Charlie Wiggett
Austria MF Thierno Ballo
England MF Lewis Bate
England MF Ben Elliott
England MF Joe Haigh
England MF Henry Lawrence
England MF Marcel Lewis
England MF Myles Peart-Harris
England MF Xavier Simons
England MF Dion Rankine
Albania FW Armando Broja
Republic of Ireland FW George Nunn

Notable Academy graduates[edit]

Players who have at least 10 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 2018–19 season[3]
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

Academy Player of the Year[edit]

As of the 2018–19 season[3]
Year Winner
2015 England Dominic Solanke
2016 England Fikayo Tomori
2017 England Mason Mount
2018 England Reece James
2019 England Conor Gallagher

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.[4]
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 England U21 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 England U20 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 U17 Age 17 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
England Tino Anjorin England U19 Age 17 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019

Honours[edit]

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

Reserves Team[edit]

Academy Team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chelsea Academy – Development Squad". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Chelsea Academy – Under-18s". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Academy roll of honour". Chelsea F.C. 28 January 2018.

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