Kwame Ampadu

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Kwame Ampadu
Personal information
Full name Patrick Kwame Ampadu[1]
Date of birth (1970-12-20) 20 December 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Bradford, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Sherrads United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Arsenal 2 (0)
1990Plymouth Argyle (loan) 6 (1)
1991–1994 West Bromwich Albion 49 (4)
1994–1998 Swansea City 144 (12)
1998–2000 Leyton Orient 72 (1)
2000–2005 Exeter City 162 (1)
2005 Newport County 8 (0)
2005–2006 Tiverton Town 30 (0)
Total 473 (19)
National team
1989–1992 Republic of Ireland U21 4 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2012 Exeter City U18
2012–2016 Arsenal Youth
2016–2018 Arsenal U18
2018- AS Monaco (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Patrick Kwame Ampadu (born 20 December 1970) is an Irish former footballer who played as a midfielder. Ampadu featured for clubs Arsenal, Swansea City, Leyton Orient and Exeter City in his playing career. He is currently with AS Monaco as their Assistant Manager to new boss Thierry Henry. He previously held the role of Under 18's coach at Arsenal and Exeter City.[2][3][4] Ampadu also played for the Republic of Ireland's U21 team.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Ampadu was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England to an Irish mother and Ghanaian father. Ampadu subsequently moved with his parents to Dublin, Ireland where he was raised. He undertook his primary and secondary education at O'Connell's School in Dublin where his schoolmates included future footballer Jeff Kenna. At a young age he took up the sport of hurling but thereafter found himself to be quite proficient at football as well.[7]

Playing career[edit]

Ampadu first played in Irish youth football for Sherrard United and Belvedere before joining Arsenal in July 1988.[3] His debut came in a 3-1 win away to Derby County on 24 March 1990. The Irishman went on to have spells being loaned out to Plymouth Argyle and West Bromwich Albion the following season, before making a permanent move to the latter in June 1991.[3][8]

Ampadu spent three years at West Bromwich Albion before moving to Swansea City in February 1994. He played in Swansea City's 1994 Football League Trophy win at Wembley.[3] Ampadu also reached the 1997 Football League Third Division play-off Final with the Swans. He moved to Leyton Orient in July 1998 and reached the Third Division play-offs a second time with them in 1998–99. At Leyton Orient he scored twice, with goals coming against Rochdale in the league[9] and Cardiff in the FA Cup.[10] He then had a spell at Exeter City where he scored twice against Swindon Town in the League Cup[11] and Dagenham & Redbridge in the league.[12] In January 2005 he played in Exeter's memorable 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.[13] Ampadu then had stints with Newport County and Tiverton Town where his playing days eventually came to an end in 2006.[8]

Managerial career[edit]

Ampadu returned to Exeter to be a part of the club's coaching outfit. He took up the role in July 2008 within the club's academy, to be at the helm of the Grecians Under 18 side. The Irishman moved to Arsenal in 2012 to become the Under 14's coach at the London side's Hale End Academy.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ampadu's son Ethan is a footballer who plays for Chelsea. The younger Ampadu, at the age of 15 years and 10 months, made his debut for Exeter City in a League Cup tie against Brentford on 9 August 2016, breaking an 87-year-old record set by Cliff Bastin.[14]



Swansea City[3]



U18 Premier League: Runners Up Medal - 2017


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  3. ^ a b c d e "Kwame Ampadu: Profile".
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  5. ^ "Where are they now? Kwame Ampadu". Swansea City FC.
  6. ^ "Kwame Ampadu". Arsenal Media Group.
  7. ^ "Accent on his Dublin roots". Retrieved 16 January 2005.
  8. ^ a b "Where are they now? Kwame Ampadu". Swansea 23 November 2016.
  9. ^ Barnes, Stuart (6 March 1999). "Orient maintain their momentum". Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Fixtures & Results Saturday, 30 October 1999". Sporting Life. 30 October 1999. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Carling Cup: For the Record". Swindon Town FC. 22 August 2000. Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Exeter 1–1 Dag & Red". BBC Sport. 12 April 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  13. ^ "Man Utd 0-0 Exeter". BBC. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Ethan Ampadu: Exeter City 15-year-old gets first-team chance while on school holiday". BBC Sport. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
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