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Leeds United Academy
Full nameLeeds United Football Club
Founded1919; 100 years ago (1919)
GroundElland Road,
Beeston, Leeds
Capacity37,890[1]
OwnerAser Group Holding
49ers Enterprises[2]
ChairmanAndrea Radrizzani
ManagerAdam Underwood (Academy Manager)
Carlos Corberán (U23)
Mark Jackson (U18)
LeagueU23 PDL-2 (under-23s)
U18 PDL-2 (academy)
U21 Development League Div. 2
WebsiteClub website

Leeds United Reserves were the English football reserve team of Leeds United FC In previous seasons, they played at York City's Bootham Crescent, South Leeds Stadium and the first team's ground Elland Road.[3] 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 FC 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 FC 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.[4] 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[5] and the second time beating Crystal Palace 3–0 in 1997.[6]

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".[7]

The Leeds United Academy has produced several promising youngsters who have been controversially signed by top flight clubs in recent years.[8][9] Michael Woods, Ben Gordon and Tom Taiwo moved to Chelsea, 16-year-old Elliot Kebbie was signed by Atletico Madrid,[10] 14-year-olds George Swan and Louis Hutton were signed by Manchester City,[11] 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, Lewis Cook 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, Ronaldo Vieira 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 Jack Clarke, Lewie Coyle, Tyler Denton, Robbie Gotts, Will Huffer, Liam Kitching, Callum Nicell, Clarke Oduor, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Tom Pearce, Kalvin Phillips, Jamie Shackleton and Mallik Wilks all having made appearances in the first team squad recently.

About the Academy[edit]

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.'[12]

Current players[edit]

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.[4] Italics denotes player has received a call up to the squad but did not or has to receive a cap at that level.

Graduates[edit]

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.

2010s[edit]

Debut Nat Name Current club International Apps Goals
2019 Kenya Clarke Oduor Leeds United 1 0
2019 Bulgaria Kun Temenuzhkov Leeds United  Bulgaria U19 1 0
2018 England Leif Davis Leeds United 2 0
2018 England Will Huffer Leeds United  England U20 1 0
2018 England Jack Clarke Leeds United 12 2
2018 England Jamie Shackleton Leeds United 15 0
2018 England Ryan Edmondson Leeds United 2 0
2018 England Tom Pearce Leeds United  England U21 10 1
2017 Republic of Ireland Eoghan Stokes Bohemians  Republic of Ireland U19 1 0
2017 Republic of Ireland Conor Shaughnessy Leeds United  Republic of Ireland U21 12 0
2017 England Mallik Wilks Leeds United 1 0
2016 England Tyler Denton Leeds United  England U17 3 1
2016 England Ronaldo Vieira Sampdoria  England U21 71 2
2016 Northern Ireland Bailey Peacock-Farrell Leeds United  Northern Ireland 40 0
2015 England Lewie Coyle Leeds United 25 0
2015 England Kalvin Phillips Leeds United 119 9
2014 England Lewis Cook Bournemouth  England 85 2
2013 England Alex Mowatt Barnsley  England U20 125 13
2013 Wales Chris Dawson Bradford (Park Avenue)  Wales U21 4 0
2012 England Dominic Poleon Crawley Town 37 4
2012 England Sam Byram West Ham United  England U20 143 10
2011 England Alex Cairns Fleetwood Town 1 0
2011 England Charlie Taylor Burnley  England U19 104 3
2011 England Tom Lees Sheffield Wednesday  England U21 135 4

2000s[edit]

Debut Nat Name Current club International Apps Goals
2008 Republic of Ireland Aidan White Free Agent  Republic of Ireland U21 111 2
2007 Republic of Ireland Robert Bayly Retired  Republic of Ireland U19 3 0
2007 Republic of Ireland Simon Madden St Patrick's Athletic  Republic of Ireland U21 1 0
2007 England Tomi Ameobi FC Cincinnati 2 0
2007 England Ben Parker Retired  England U19 55 1
2007 Luxembourg Scott Gardner Retired  England U17 2 0
2007 England Fabian Delph Manchester City  England 59 6
2007 England Tom Elliott Millwall  England U18 4 0
2006 England Jonny Howson Middlesbrough  England U21 226 28
2004 Scotland Martin Woods Dundee  Scotland U21 1 0
2004 Republic of Ireland Andy Keogh Perth Glory  Republic of Ireland 25 2
2004 England Simon Walton Maidstone United  England U19 38 3
2004 England Scott Carson Derby County  England 2 0
2003 England Simon Johnson Retired  England U20 11 0
2003 England Aaron Lennon Burnley  England 43 1
2002 England James Milner Liverpool  England 54 3
2002 England Frazer Richardson Retired  England U19 173 5
2002 England Matthew Kilgallon Hamilton Academical  England U21 95 3
2002 Australia Jamie McMaster Retired  England U20 13 0
2000 England Tony Hackworth Retired 3 0
2000 England Gareth Evans Retired  England U18 2 0

1990s[edit]

Debut Nat Name Current club International Apps Goals
1999 Wales Matt Jones Retired  Wales 31 0
1999 Norway Tommy Knarvik Retired  Norway U21 1 0
1998 England Alan Smith Retired  England 228 56
1998 England Paul Robinson Retired  England 119 1
1998 England Jonathan Woodgate Retired  England 142 5
1998 Republic of Ireland Stephen McPhail Retired  Republic of Ireland 107 3
1997 England Lee Matthews Retired 4 0
1996 England Paul Shepherd Retired 1 0
1996 England Mark Jackson Retired  England U20 23 0
1996 England Jason Blunt Retired  England U18 5 0
1996 Australia Harry Kewell Retired  Australia 242 63
1996 Republic of Ireland Alan Maybury Retired  Republic of Ireland 18 0
1996 Republic of Ireland Ian Harte Retired  Republic of Ireland 288 39
1996 Northern Ireland Wesley Boyle Retired  Northern Ireland U21 1 0
1995 Scotland Andy Gray Retired  Scotland 39 1
1993 England Andy Couzens Retired 36 1
1993 England Rob Bowman Retired  England U18 9 0
1993 England Kevin Sharp Retired  England U18 17 0
1993 England Jamie Forrester Retired  England U18 11 2
1993 England Mark Ford Retired  England U21 43 1
1993 England Mark Tinkler Retired  England U18 27 0
1993 England Noel Whelan Retired  England U21 59 8
1992 Republic of Ireland Gary Kelly Retired  Republic of Ireland 528 4

1980s[edit]

Debut Nat Name Current club International Apps Goals
1989 Wales Neil Edwards Retired  Wales U21 1 0
1988 England Simon Grayson Retired 4 0
1988 Wales Gary Speed Retired  Wales 312 58
1987 England David Batty Retired  England 373 4
1985 England Terry Phelan Retired  Republic of Ireland 19 0
1985 England Peter Swan Retired 58 13
1983 England Scott Sellars Retired  England U21 83 7
1983 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin Retired  Republic of Ireland 82 1
1982 Scotland Tommy Wright Retired 92 28
1982 Republic of Ireland John Sheridan Retired  Republic of Ireland 276 55
1982 England Neil Aspin Retired 234 5
1980 England Aiden Butterworth Retired 74 17

1970s[edit]

Debut Name Current club International Apps Goals
1979 Terry Connor Retired  England U21 108 22
1979 John Lukic Retired  England B 430 0
1975 Byron Stevenson Retired  Wales 110 5
1974 Carl Harris Retired  Wales 176 29
1973 Frank Gray Retired  Scotland 396 35
1973 Peter Hampton Retired 83 3
1970 David Harvey Retired  Scotland 447 0

1960s[edit]

Debut Name Current club International Apps Goals
1968 Terry Yorath Retired  Wales 196 12
1966 Eddie Gray Retired  Scotland 577 68
1966 Mick Bates Retired 287 9
1965 Terry Hibbitt Retired 62 11
1964 Terry Cooper Retired  England 350 11
1964 Rod Belfitt Retired 128 33
1963 Jimmy Greenhoff Retired  England U23 136 33
1963 Paul Madeley Retired  England 724 34
1962 Paul Reaney Retired  England 745 9
1962 Gary Sprake Retired  Wales 506 0
1962 Peter Lorimer Retired  Scotland 703 238
1962 Norman Hunter Retired  England 724 21
1961 Albert Johanneson Retired 200 68
1960 Billy Bremner Retired  Scotland 771 115

1950s[edit]

Debut Name Current club International Apps Goals
1959 Gerry Francis Retired 59 9
1953 Jack Charlton Retired  England 772 95

1940s[edit]

Debut Name Current club International Apps Goals
1949 John Charles Retired  Wales 327 157
1948 Grenville Hair Retired 474 2

Other Professionals[edit]

Birth Year Nat Name Current club International
1998 Guinea-Bissau Romario Vieira Free Agent  Guinea Bissau
1997 Australia Adam Berry Central Coast Mariners  Australia U20
1997 England Daniel Batty Hull City
1996 Scotland Oliver McBurnie Swansea City  Scotland
1994 England Elliot Kebbie Free Agent  England U16
1994 England George Swan Retired
1993 England Luke Garbutt Everton  England U21
1992 England James Baxendale Kidderminster Harriers
1992 England Ryan Jones Bootle
1991 Scotland Tom Cairney Fulham  Scotland
1991 England Matty Edwards Retired
1991 England Ben Gordon Gainsborough Trinity  England U20
1991 England Will Hatfield Guiseley
1991 England James Tavernier Rangers
1991 England Danny Ward Cardiff City
1990 England Liam Darville Free Agent  England U17
1990 England Josh Falkingham Harrogate Town
1990 Scotland Andrew Milne Tadcaster Albion  Scotland U18
1990 England Adam Priestley Ossett Albion  Gibraltar
1990 England Danny Rose Tottenham Hotspur  England
1990 England Tom Taiwo Hamilton Academical  England U17
1990 England Michael Woods Hartlepool United  England U19
1989 England David Brown Hyde United
1987 England Sam Hird Free Agent
1987 Republic of Ireland Ian Morris Retired  Republic of Ireland U21
1987 England Gavin Rothery Bradford Park Avenue  England U19
1987 Scotland Kevin Smith East Fife
1985 Republic of Ireland Barry Corr Cambridge United
1985 Republic of Ireland Henry McStay Retired  Republic of Ireland U21
1985 Scotland Jamie Winter Carnoustie Panmure
1984 Republic of Ireland Paul Keegan Waterford  Republic of Ireland U23
1984 Wales Craig Stiens Retired  Wales U19
1982 Australia Shane Cansdell-Sherriff Retired  Australia U23
1982 Republic of Ireland Alan Cawley Retired  Republic of Ireland U17
1982 England Craig Farrell Retired  England U16
1982 Republic of Ireland Caleb Folan Retired  Republic of Ireland
1982 South Africa Chad Harpur Retired
1982 England Tom Newey Retired
1982 England Neil Ross Retired
1981 Northern Ireland Warren Feeney Retired  Northern Ireland
1981 England Jamie Price Retired
1981 England Harpal Singh Retired
1980 Wales Kevin Aherne-Evans Retired  Wales U21
1980 England Kevin Dixon Retired
1979 Republic of Ireland Damian Lynch Retired  Republic of Ireland U21
1978 England Sean Hessey Retired
1977 Wales Lawrence Davies Retired
1977 England Martin Foster Retired
1977 England Nathan Lowndes Retired
1976 England Matthew Smithard Retired
1975 England Paul Pettinger Retired
1973 Wales Ryan Nicholls Retired
1966 England John Scales Retired  England
1963 England David Seaman Retired  England

Honours[edit]

Reserves[edit]

League

Under 18s[edit]

League
Cups

Under 17s[edit]

League
Cups

Academy Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Staff
Academy Manager England Adam Underwood[44]
Head Of Academy Coaching England Richard Cresswell
Development and Recruitment England Terry Potter
Under 23s / Development Squad Manager Spain Carlos Corberán[45][44]
Professional Development Phase Coach (Under 23's) England Danny Schofield
Lead Youth Development Phase Coach England Michael Morton[46]
Lead Professional Development Phase U18 Coach England Mark Jackson
Under 15s & Under 16s Coach England Tom Newey
Under 14s Coach England Scott Gardner
Lead Academy Coach England Andrew Cooper
Academy Goalkeeping Coach Scotland Neil Sullivan
Academy Physio England Thomas Duffy
Academy Physio England Tom Butterfield
Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach England Rob Etherington
Academy Performance Analyst England Justin Benford
Academy Kit Man England Shaun Ford

Last updated: 21 July 2017
Source: Leeds United Official Website – About The Academy [47]

Managers[edit]

For a more detailed list of Academy coaching staff, see Leeds United A.F.C. personnel#Academy Staff.

Academy Directors[edit]

From To Name Notes
1992 1997 Paul Hart
1998 2000 Alan Hill
1999 2000 Steve Beaglehole Assistant
2000 2001 Brian Kidd
2000 c.2001 Clive Richards Assistant
2001 2005 Gary Worthington Assistant
2002 2004 Andy Ritchie
2004 2010 Neil Thompson
2009 2010 Daral Pugh Assistant
2010 2011 Gwyn Williams Acting
2011 2012 Chris Sulley
2012 2015 Steve Holmes
2015 2016 Paul Hart

Development Squad[edit]

From To Name Notes
2012 2014 Neil Redfearn
2014 2015 Jason Blunt Acting
2015 2016 Paul Hart
2016 2017 Jason Blunt Under 23s Coach
2017 pres. Carlos Corberán Under 23s Coach

Reserves[edit]

From To Name Notes
1948 1960 Willis Edwards
1967 1975 Cyril Patridge
1978 1980 Bryan Edwards
1980 1991 Peter Gunby
1995 1997 David Williams
1997 1998 Eddie Gray
2000 2003 Lucas Murtagh
2003 2005 Steve Agnew
2006 2006 David Geddis
2006 2010 Neil Thompson
2010 2012 Neil Redfearn

Under 19s & 17s and 18s & 16s[edit]

From To Name Position
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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