Leeds United F.C. Reserves and Youth Team
|Full name||Leeds United Football Club|
|Academy Director||Carlos Corberán|
|League||U21 Development League Div. 2|
Leeds United Reserves were the English football reserve team of Leeds United F.C. In previous seasons, they played at York City's Bootham Crescent, South Leeds Stadium and the first team's ground Elland Road. The reserves were generally a mix of recovering or fringe first-team players, young professionals and promising scholars.
The Leeds United Development Squad are the development squad of Leeds United F.C. They play in the Professional Development League. Carlos Corberán is the current coach of the team. They play at the club's training ground, Thorp Arch, although they have announced they may also occasionally play at Elland Road.
Leeds United Under 18s are the youth team of Leeds United F.C. They play in the Professional Development League. The youth team won the competition's predecessor, the Premier Academy League, in the 2002–03 season, when the league was split into Under-19s and Under-17s, with Leeds winning the Under-17s competition. Mark Jackson is the current coach of the team. They play at the club's training ground, Thorp Arch. The youth team also annually compete in the FA Youth Cup, having won it twice – the first time in 1993, beating Manchester United 4–1 and the second time beating Crystal Palace 3–0 in 1997.
Leeds' concentration on youth since the Ridsdale era attracted praise at the highest level with the president of FIFA Sepp Blatter commenting "Leeds, a club I greatly respect, have to be applauded for its efforts in this regard".
The Leeds United Academy has produced several promising youngsters who have been controversially signed by top flight clubs in recent years. Michael Woods, Ben Gordon and Tom Taiwo moved to Chelsea, 16-year-old Elliot Kebbie was signed by Atletico Madrid, 14-year-olds George Swan and Louis Hutton were signed by Manchester City, Danny Ward switched to Bolton Wanderers and Luke Garbutt moved to Everton while still in the Leeds United youth team.
Former players that graduated through the Leeds United academy include England internationals Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Paul Robinson, Scott Carson, Jonathan Woodgate, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Alan Smith, Australian international Harry Kewell, Republic of Ireland internationals Stephen McPhail, Gary Kelly and Ian Harte, Republic of Ireland Under-21 internationals Eric Grimes and Aidan White and England Under-21 internationals Jonny Howson, Matthew Kilgallon and Tom Lees. Former club and international greats that also came through Leeds' youth ranks include; John Charles, Terry Cooper, Peter Lorimer, Paul Reaney, Norman Hunter, Jack Charlton, Albert Johanneson, Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, Gary Speed, John Lukic, David Batty, and Paul Madeley.
Graduates in the current Leeds United first team squad are plentiful, with Lewie Coyle, Tyler Denton, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Kalvin Phillips, Eoghan Stokes, Ronaldo Vieira and Mallik Wilks all having made appearances in the first team squad recently.
- 1 About the Academy
- 2 Current players
- 3 Graduates
- 4 Honours
- 5 Managers
- 6 References
- 7 External links
About the Academy
The Leeds United website describes the Academy's philosophy as follows:
"At Leeds United Academy, players must learn to be technically proficient, be able to deal with the ball anywhere on the pitch. Tactically they must become familiar with the club’s system of play and understand the strengths and weaknesses within it. Physically players need to become the football athlete, someone that can play at the tempo that is required to compete at the highest level and psychologically they need to have a balanced view of success and failure so that by the time they have reached the Professional Development Phase they have the confidence to be able to deal with the stress of playing to win, week in and week out."
Only players aged 23 or under, on 31 August of the current season, are eligible to play for the Development Squad. Three overage outfield players, and an overage goalkeeper may also play. Only players aged 18 or under, on 31 August of the current season (primarily scholars), are eligible to play for the Under 18s. Italics denotes player has received a call up to the squad but did not or has to receive a cap at that level.
|Adrian Balboa||Barcelona, Spain||17 February 1998||FW||2020|
|Lewie Coyle||Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire; England||15 October 1995||RB||2020|
|Tyler Denton||Dewsbury, West Yorkshire; England||6 September 1995||LB||England U17s||2020|
|Hugo Diaz||A Coruña, Galicia; Spain||9 February 1997||CB|||
|Matty Downing||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||19 July 1999||LB||2018|
|Tom Godden||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||20 November 1998||RB||2017|
|Madger Gomes||Alicante; Spain||1 February 1997||MF||2020|
|Amadou Haidara||1 January 1994||CB|||
|Bryce Hosannah||Lambeth, London; Englad||8 April 1999||RB||2018|
|Will Huffer||Wandsworth, London; England||30 October 1998||GK||England U18s|
|Alex Machuca||Móstoles; Spain||15 January 1998||MF||2020|
|Jack McKay||Glasgow; Scotland||19 December 1996||FW||2018|
|Paul McKay||Glasgow; Scotland||19 December 1996||CB||2018|
|Paudie O'Connor||Limerick; Republic of Ireland||14 July 1997||CB||2019|
|Clarke Oduor||25 June 1999||RW||2018|
|Bailey Peacock-Farrell||Darlington, Durham; England||29 October 1996||GK||Northern Ireland||2020|
|Tom Pearce||Ormskirk, Lancashire; England||April 12, 1998||LB||2018|
|Kalvin Phillips||Wortley, West Yorkshire; England||2 December 1995||CM||2021|
|Oriol Rey||Barcelona; Spain||25 February 1998||CB||2019|
|Oliver Šarkić||Lincolnshire; England||23 July 1997||FW||December 2017|
|Conor Shaughnessy||Galway; Republic of Ireland||30 June 1996||CM||Republic of Ireland U21s||2021|
|Ousama Siddiki||Tétouan; Morocco||13 April 1998||FW||Morocco U20's||2019|
|Eoghan Stokes||Dublin; Republic of Ireland||17 May 1996||FW||Republic of Ireland U19s||2018|
|Kun Temenuzhkov||Sofia; Bulgaria||1 February 2000||FW||Bulgaria U18s||2020|
|Romario Vieira||Bissau; Guinea Bissau||20 July 1998||CM||2018|
|Ronaldo Vieira||Bissau; Guinea Bissau||20 July 1998||CM||England U20s||2021|
|Mallik Wilks||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||15 December 1998||FW||2019|
|2017-18 2nd year scholars|
|Moses Abioye||Inisa; Nigeria||3 February 2000||FW||2018|
|Samuel Amissah||13 August 2000||FW||2019|
|Robbie Gotts||Harrogate, North Yorkshire; England||9 November 1999||RB||2019|
|Bobby Kamwa||Yaounde; Cameroon||18 March 2000||MF||2018|
|Matthew Keogh||Knaresborough, North Yorkshire; England||5 January 2000||CB||2018|
|Liam Kitching||Harrogate, North Yorkshire; England||1 October 1999||CB||2019|
|Alfie McCalmont||Thirsk, North Yorkshire; England||25 March 2000||MF||Northern Ireland U17s||2019|
|Callum Nicell||Doncaster, South Yorkshire; England||30 October 1999||MF||Republic of Ireland U17s||2019|
|Jamie Shackleton||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||8 October 1999||MF||2019|
|Alex Wollerton||Barnsley, South Yorkshire; England||27 September 1999||MF||2019|
|2017-18 1st year scholars|
|Oliver Casey||DF||2019 |
|Jack Clarke||York, North Yorkshire; England||FW||2019 |
|Theo Hudson||Knaresborough, North Yorkshire; England||26 September 2000||MF||England U16s||2019 |
|Niall Huggins||York, North Yorkshire; England||18 December 2000||FW||Wales U15s||2019 |
|Luke Lyons||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||29 December 2000||DF||Scotland U17s||2019 |
|Harrison Male||Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire; England||12 September 2000||GK||England U16s||2019 |
|Lucas Odunston||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||18 September 2000||RB||2019 |
|Josh Rae||Croy; Scotland||17 October 2000||GK|
|Joe Stanley||1 November 1999||DF||2019 |
|Notable other academy players|
|Henri Kumwenda||Blantyre; Malawi||FW|
The following list includes players who have graduated from Leeds' youth system and have either become established in the club's first team, another club's first team and/or have been capped at international level.
As of 8 July 2017.
|1999||Jones, MattMatt Jones||Retired||Wales||31||0|
|1999||Knarvik, TommyTommy Knarvik||Retired||Norway U21||1||0|
|-||Foster, MartinMartin Foster||Retired||0||0|
|-||Hessey, SeanSean Hessey||Retired||0||0|
|1998||Smith, AlanAlan Smith||Notts County||England||228||56|
|1998||Robinson, PaulPaul Robinson||Retired||England||119||1|
|1998||Woodgate, JonathanJonathan Woodgate||Retired||England||142||5|
|1998||McPhail, StephenStephen McPhail||Retired||Republic of Ireland||107||3|
|-||Davies, LawrenceLawrence Davies||Retired||0||0|
|1997||Matthews, LeeLee Matthews||Retired||4||0|
|-||Smithard, MatthewMatthew Smithard||Retired||0||0|
|1996||Shepherd, PaulPaul Shepherd||Retired||1||0|
|1996||Jackson, MarkMark Jackson||Retired||England U20||23||0|
|1996||Blunt, JasonJason Blunt||Retired||England U18||5||0|
|1996||Kewell, HarryHarry Kewell||Retired||Australia||242||63|
|1996||Maybury, AlanAlan Maybury||Retired||Republic of Ireland||18||0|
|1996||Harte, IanIan Harte||Retired||Republic of Ireland||288||39|
|1996||Boyle, WesleyWesley Boyle||Retired||Northern Ireland U21||1||0|
|-||Nicholls, RyanRyan Nicholls||Retired||0||0|
|1995||Gray, AndyAndy Gray||Retired||Scotland||39||1|
|-||Lowndes, NathanNathan Lowndes||Retired||0||0|
|1993||Couzens, AndyAndy Couzens||Retired||36||1|
|1993||Bowman, RobRob Bowman||Retired||England U18||9||0|
|1993||Sharp, KevinKevin Sharp||Retired||England U18||17||0|
|1993||Forrester, JamieJamie Forrester||Retired||England U18||11||2|
|1993||Ford, MarkMark Ford||Retired||England U21||43||1|
|-||Pettinger, PaulPaul Pettinger||Retired||0||0|
|1993||Tinkler, MarkMark Tinkler||Retired||England U18||27||0|
|1993||Whelan, NoelNoel Whelan||Retired||England U21||59||8|
|1992||Kelly, GaryGary Kelly||Retired||Republic of Ireland||528||4|
|1989||Edwards, NeilNeil Edwards||Retired||Wales U21||1||0|
|1988||Grayson, SimonSimon Grayson||Retired||4||0|
|1988||Speed, GaryGary Speed||Retired||Wales||312||58|
|1987||Batty, DavidDavid Batty||Retired||England||373||4|
|1985||Swan, PeterPeter Swan||Retired||58||13|
|-||Scales, JohnJohn Scales||Retired||England||0||0|
|1983||Sellars, ScottScott Sellars||Retired||England U21||83||7|
|1983||Irwin, DenisDenis Irwin||Retired||Republic of Ireland||82||1|
|1982||Wright, TommyTommy Wright||Retired||92||28|
|-||Seaman, DavidDavid Seaman||Retired||England||0||0|
|1982||Sheridan, JohnJohn Sheridan||Retired||Republic of Ireland||276||55|
|1982||Aspin, NeilNeil Aspin||Retired||234||5|
|1979||Lukic, JohnJohn Lukic||Retired||England B||430||0|
|1975||Stevenson, ByronByron Stevenson||Retired||Wales||110||5|
|1974||Harris, CarlCarl Harris||Retired||Wales||176||29|
|1973||Gray, FrankFrank Gray||Retired||Scotland||396||35|
|1973||Hampton, PeterPeter Hampton||Retired||83||3|
|1970||Harvey, DavidDavid Harvey||Retired||Scotland||447||0|
|1968||Yorath, TerryTerry Yorath||Retired||Wales||196||12|
|1966||Gray, EddieEddie Gray||Retired||Scotland||577||68|
|1966||Bates, MickMick Bates||Retired||287||9|
|1965||Hibbitt, TerryTerry Hibbitt||Retired||62||11|
|1964||Cooper, TerryTerry Cooper||Retired||England||350||11|
|1964||Belfitt, RodRod Belfitt||Retired||128||33|
|1963||Greenhoff, JimmyJimmy Greenhoff||Retired||England U23||136||33|
|1963||Madeley, PaulPaul Madeley||Retired||England||724||34|
|1962||Reaney, PaulPaul Reaney||Retired||England||745||9|
|1962||Sprake, GaryGary Sprake||Retired||Wales||506||0|
|1962||Lorimer, PeterPeter Lorimer||Retired||Scotland||703||238|
|1962||Hunter, NormanNorman Hunter||Retired||England||724||21|
|1961||Johanneson, AlbertAlbert Johanneson||Retired||200||68|
|1960||Bremner, BillyBilly Bremner||Retired||Scotland||771||115|
|1959||Francis, GerryGerry Francis||Retired||59||9|
|1953||Charlton, JackJack Charlton||Retired||England||772||95|
|1949||Charles, JohnJohn Charles||Retired||Wales||327||157|
|1948||Hair, GrenvilleGrenville Hair||Retired||474||2|
- The Central League (Tier 1)
- Winners (2) 1936-37, 1997–98
- The Central League, Division One East (Tier 2)
- Winners (1) 2008-09, 2009–10
- FA Youth Cup
- Winners (2) 1993, 1997
- Premier Academy League (Tier 1)
- Winners (1) 2002-03
- Milk Cup
- Winners (1) 2002
For a more detailed list of Academy coaching staff, see Leeds United A.F.C. personnel#Academy Staff.
|2016||2017||Jason Blunt||Under 23s Coach|
|2017||pres.||Carlos Corberán||Under 23s Coach|
Under 19s & 17s and 18s & 16s
|2000||2004||Pop Robson||Under 17s Coach (2000–01),
Under 19s Coach (2001–04)
|2006||2007||Steve Agnew||Under 18s Coach|
|2007||Paul Beesley||Under 18s Coach|
|2007||2009||Daral Pugh||Under 16s Coach
Under 18s Coach (2007–09)
|2009||2012||Neil Redfearn||Under 18s Coach|
|2012||2014||Richard Naylor||Under 18s Coach|
|2014||2015||Jason Blunt||Under 18s Coach|
|2015||2016||John Anderson||Under 18s Manager|
|2016||2017||Andy Gray||Under 18s Coach|
|2016||pres.||Mark Jackson||Under 18s Coach|
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