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 46)
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)
1990 Plymouth 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)
National team
1989–1992 Republic of Ireland U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Patrick Kwame Ampadu (born 20 December 1970) is a former footballer who played as a midfielder. Ampadu played for Arsenal, Swansea City, Leyton Orient and Exeter City in his footballing career. He is currently with Arsenal where he is the coach of the U18s within the club's Academy, a role he previously held at Exeter City.[2][3][4] Ampadu represented the Republic of Ireland U21s at a youth international level.[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 footballers Eoin Hand, Ray Treacy and 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] 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]

His son Ethan is a footballer who also plays for Exeter City. The younger Ampadu, at the age of 15 years and 10 months, made his debut for the Grecians in a League Cup tie against Brentford on 9 August 2016.[13]



Swansea City[3]

Football League Trophy: 1994



U18 Premier League: Runners Up Medal - 2017


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  2. ^ a b "Under 18s coach to make Gunners switch". Exeter City Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Kwame Ampadu: Profile". 
  4. ^ "Inside the Arsenal Academy: A scholar’s first day". 
  5. ^ "Where are they now? Kwame Ampadu". 
  6. ^ Group, Arsenal Media. "Kwame Ampadu -". 
  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". London: The Guardian. 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". 22 August 2000. Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Exeter 1–1 Dag & Red". BBC. 12 April 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Ethan Ampadu: Exeter City 15-year-old gets first-team chance while on school holiday". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  • Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4. 

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