Middlesbrough F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Middlesbrough F.C. Under-23s
Full name Middlesbrough Football Club Under-23s
Nickname(s) The Boro, Smoggies
Short name MFC, Boro
Founded 1876; 142 years ago (1876)
Ground Rockliffe Park, Hurworth
Owner Steve Gibson
Chairman Steve Gibson
Manager Craig Liddle
League Premier League 2, Division 2
2017–18 4th
Website Club website

Middlesbrough F.C. Reserves and Academy are the under-23 and under-18 teams of Middlesbrough F.C.

Most home fixtures are played at Rockliffe Park, near Hurworth, though some are played at Victoria Park, Hartlepool.[1]


Middlesbrough Reserves (also referred to as the Under-23 Development Squad) play in Division 2 of the Premier League 2, being part of the founding members of the Premier League 2 since 2012. They also contest the EFL Trophy, owing to Middlesbrough's academy holding Category 1 status.[2]

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 September 2018[3]

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

No. Position Player
26 England MF Lewis Wing
27 England MF Harry Chapman
28 England MF Marcus Tavernier
36 England MF Ben Liddle
40 Scotland DF Patrick Reading
42 England DF Djed Spence
43 England MF Connor Malley
44 England FW Mitchell Curry
45 England FW Tyrone O’Neill
46 England FW Stephen Walker
No. Position Player
47 France FW Bilal Brahimi
55 England DF James Cook
58 France MF Amadou Sylla
England GK Bradley James
England GK Zak Hemming
England DF Nathan Dale
England DF Nathan Guru
England DF Anthony Renton
England DF Sam Stubbs
England MF Dan Ward

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
33 England DF Nathan McGinley (on loan at Forest Green Rovers until 31 January 2019)[4]
34 Luxembourg DF Enes Mahmutovic (on loan at Yeovil Town until 30 June 2019)[5]
England GK Joe Fryer (on loan at Carlisle United until 30 June 2019)[6]
England GK Aynsley Pears (on loan at Gateshead until 30 June 2019)[7]
No. Position Player
England DF Hayden Coulson (on loan at St Mirren until 30 June 2019)[8]
England MF Alex Pattison (on loan at Yeovil Town until 30 June 2019)[9]
England FW Luke Armstrong (on loan at Gateshead until 30 June 2019)[10]
England FW George Miller (on loan at Bradford City until 30 June 2019)[11]


Middlesbrough F.C. Under-18s
Full name Middlesbrough Football Club Under-18s
Nickname(s) The Boro, Smoggies
Short name MFC, Boro
Founded 1876; 142 years ago (1876)
Ground Rockliffe Park, Hurworth
Owner Steve Gibson
Chairman Steve Gibson
Manager Craig Liddle
League U18 Premier League
2017–18 15th (group stage)
Website Club website

The Middlesbrough Academy is the name for Middlesbrough's youth system. They field teams in the U21 Premier League and U18 Premier League.

The longest serving academy manager was Dave Parnaby, who was appointed in 1998 and retired in 2017. During this time, the academy produced many notable players such as former first team captains Ben Gibson and Jonathan Woodgate; Australia internationals Brad Jones, Luke Wilkshire and Rhys Williams; Scotland internationals James Morrison, Graeme Murty and Robbie Stockdale; England internationals Stewart Downing and Adam Johnson; as well as Northern Ireland international Chris Brunt.[12]

He also led the Academy side to the 2003 FA Youth Cup final against Manchester United where they finished runners up,[13] before getting to the final again the next season and emerging victorious over Aston Villa in 2004.[14]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 August 2018[15]

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

No. Position Player
25 England DF Nathan Wood
46 England FW Stephen Walker
England GK Solomon Brynn
England GK Harry Flatters
England DF Kieran Charlton
England DF Luke Drummond
England DF Harold Essien
England DF Nicholas Hood
England DF Jack Robinson
Papua New Guinea DF Terry Stephenson
England DF Andrew Wilson
France MF Isiah Cornet
No. Position Player
England MF Daniel Dodds
England MF Isaac Fletcher
England MF Joseph Gibson
England MF Harry Green
England MF Hayden Hackney
England MF Kian Spence
England MF Cain Sykes
England MF Layton Watts
England MF Stephen Wearne
Spain FW Alberto Balde
England FW Gabriel McGill


The Middlesbrough football club academy staff are as follows:

Senior Staff[edit]

Position Staff
Academy Manager Dave Parnaby
Head Goalkeeping Coach Chris Pennock
Head Sports Scientist Peter Hood
Head Of Medical Adam Read
Head of Recruitment Ron Bone
Assistant Head of Recruitment Martin Carter
Head of Education and Welfare Barry Dawson


Role Name
Head of Academy Operations Wendy Thomas
Academy Administrator Maria Bloom


Role Name
Head Of Medical Adam Read
Physiotherapist Stuart Irwin

Fitness and Performance[edit]

Name Role
Head of Fitness and Sports Science Peter Hood
Sport Scientist Alex Pots
Performance Analyst Jamie Bettson


Name Role
Head of Recruitment Ron Bone
Assistant Head of Recruitment Martin Carter
Scout, Academy Recruitment Michael Barkley

Coaching staff[edit]

Because of Middlesbrough Football Clubs Academies EPP level they divide their coaching into three phases. Professional development, youth development and foundation phases of coaching.

Name Role
Professional Development Lead Coach (U21) Paul Jenkins Professional Development Assistant Coach (U21) Graeme Lee
Professional Development Coach (U18) Craig Liddle Professional Development Assistant Coach (U18) Mark Tinkler
Professional Development Goalkeeping Coach Chris Pennock
Youth Development Lead Coach Craig Liddle
Youth Development Coach Alun Armstrong
Youth Development Assistant Coach Kevin Scott
Foundation Development Lead Coach Paul Crager
Foundation Development Coach Allan Clark

Notable products[edit]

Several high-profile players have come out of Middlesbrough Football Club's Academy and have gone on to have either successful careers elsewhere or are still playing in the first team. The players on this list have gone on to make professional appearances for professional football clubs. Players may have been contracted to more clubs but if they did not make professional appearances then the club will not appear.

Player Position Clubs Represented
Chris Bennion Goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Scunthorpe United, Shelbourne, Dundalk, Athlone Town, St. Patrick's Athletic, Monaghan United, Longford Town
Luke Coddington Goalkeeper Wrexham, Northampton Town, Guiseley
Joe Fryer Goalkeeper Hartlepool United, Stevenage
Brad Jones Goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Shelbourne, Stockport County, Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool, Derby County, Bradford City, NEC, Feyenoord
Connor Ripley Goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Oxford United, Bradford City, Östersund, Motherwell, Oldham Athletic, Burton Albion, Bury
Sam Russell Goalkeeper Gateshead, Darlington, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale, Wrexham, Forest Green Rovers
Adam Smith Goalkeeper Nuneaton Town, Cambridge United, Mansfield Town, Northampton Town, Bristol Rovers
Jason Steele Goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Northampton Town, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland
Ross Turnbull Goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Darlington, Barnsley, Bradford City, Crewe Alexandra, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley, Leeds United
David Atkinson Defender Carlisle United, Blyth Spartans, ÍBV
Matthew Bates Defender Middlesbrough, Darlington, Ipswich Town, Norwich City, Bristol City, Bradford City, Hartlepool United
Joe Bennett Defender Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City
Christian Burgess Defender Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United, Peterborough United, Portsmouth
Ashley Corker Defender Horden Colliery, Northampton Town, Cambridge United, Whitby Town
Hayden Coulson Defender St Mirren
Andrew Davies Defender Middlesbrough, Queens Park Rangers, Derby County, Southampton, Stoke City, Preston North End, Sheffield United, Walsall, Crystal Palace, Bradford City, Ross County
Matthew Elsdon Defender Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Dael Fry Defender Middlesbrough, Rotherham United
Ben Gibson Defender Middlesbrough, Plymouth Argyle, York City, Tranmere Rovers
Jonathan Grounds Defender Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Hibernian, Chesterfield, Yeovil Town, Oldham Athletic, Birmingham City
Brad Halliday Defender York City, Hartlepool United, Accrington Stanley, Cambridge United
Seb Hines Defender Middlesbrough, Oldham Athletic, Coventry City, Orlando City, Orlando City B
Adam Jackson Defender FC Halifax Town, Hartlepool United, Barnsley
Callum Johnson Defender Accrington Stanley
John Johnson Defender Middlesbrough, Tranmere Rovers, Northampton Town, Bengaluru FC
Mark Kitching Defender York City, Rochdale
Nathan McGinley Defender Middlesbrough, Wycombe Wanderers
Tony McMahon Defender Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Bradford City
David Murphy Defender Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Hibernian, Birmingham City
Graeme Murty Defender York City, Reading, Charlton Athletic, Southampton
Stuart Parnaby Defender Middlesbrough, Halifax Town, Birmingham City, Hartlepool United
Djed Spence Defender Middlesbrough
Robbie Stockdale Defender Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United, Rotherham United, Hull City, Darlington, Tranmere Rovers, Grimsby Town
Andrew Taylor Defender Middlesbrough, Bradford City, Watford, Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic, Reading, Bolton Wanderers
Andy Todd Defender Middlesbrough, Swindon Town, Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Grimsby Town, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Derby County, Northampton Town, Perth Glory, Oldham Athletic, Hereford United, Armadale
David Wheater Defender Middlesbrough, Doncaster Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Darlington, Bolton Wanderers
Luke Wilkshire Defender Middlesbrough, Bristol City, Twente, Dynamo Moscow, Feyenoord, Terek Grozny, Sydney FC, Wollongong Wolves
Rhys Williams Defender Middlesbrough, Burnley, Charlton Athletic, Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory
Nathan Wood Defender Middlesbrough
Neal Bishop Midfielder Billingham Town, Gateshead, Spennymoor Town, Whitby Town, Scarborough Athletic, York City, Barnet, Notts County, Blackpool, Scunthorpe United
Ryan Brobbel Midfielder York City, Hartlepool United, Darlington, Whitby Town, The New Saints
Chris Brunt Midfielder Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion
Lee Cattermole Midfielder Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland
Harry Chapman Midfielder Barnsley, Sheffield United, Blackburn Rovers
Callum Cooke Midfielder Crewe Alexandra, Blackpool
Matthew Dolan Midfielder Yeovil Town, Hartlepool United, Bradford City, Newport County
Stewart Downing Midfielder Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Liverpool, West Ham United
Curtis Edwards Midfielder Darlington, Thornaby, Spennymoor Town, Ytterhogdals IK, Östersunds FK
Hérold Goulon Midfielder Le Mans, Blackburn Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Zawisza Bydgoszcz, Omonia, Viitorul Constanța, Doxa Katokopias, Pafos
Mark Hudson Midfielder Middlesbrough, Chesterfield, Carlisle United, Huddersfield Town, Rotherham United, Blackpool, Gainsborough Trinity, Grimsby Town, Worksop Town, Bradford Park Avenue, West Auckland Town, Ashington, Sunderland RCA, Shildon, West Auckland Town
Adam Johnson Midfielder Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Watford, Manchester City, Sunderland
Jordan Jones Midfielder Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United, Cambridge United, Kilmarnock
Jason Kennedy Midfielder Middlesbrough, Boston United, Bury, Livingston, Darlington, Rochdale, Bradford City, Carlisle United
Sean Kilgannon Midfielder Middlesbrough, Dunfermline Athletic, Ross County, Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers, Forfar Athletic, Camelon
Gary Liddle Midfielder Hartlepool United, Notts County, Bradford City, Chesterfield, Carlisle United
Bryn Morris Midfielder Middlesbrough, Burton Albion, Coventry City, York City, Walsall, Shrewsbury Town
James Morrison Midfielder Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion
Patrick Otte Midfielder Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Ventura County Fusion, Jacksonville Armada
Graeme Owens Midfielder Chesterfield, Blackpool, Kilmarnock, Airdrie United
Cameron Park Midfielder Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Crewe Alexandra, Marske United, Whitby Town
Anthony Peacock Midfielder Darlington, Blyth Spartans, Spennymoor Town
Alex Pattison Midfielder York City, Yeovil Town
Nathan Porritt Midfielder Darlington, R.O.C. de Charleroi-Marchienne, Norton & Stockton Ancients, Stokesley Sports Club, Marske United, Billingham Synthonia
Adam Reach Midfielder Middlesbrough, Darlington, Shrewsbury Town, Bradford City, Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday
Jarrett Rivers Midfielder Whitley Bay, Blyth Spartans, Blackpool
Richard Smallwood Midfielder Middlesbrough, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United, Blackburn Rovers
Marcus Tavernier Midfielder Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes Dons
Josh Walker Midfielder Middlesbrough, Bournemouth, Aberdeen, Northampton Town, Rotherham United, Watford, Stevenage, Scunthorpe United, Gateshead, Bengaluru, Edinburgh City
Zak Boagey Striker Hartlepool United, Whitby Town, Newton Aycliffe, West Auckland Town, Marske United
Bilal Brahimi Striker Middlesbrough
Tom Craddock Striker Middlesbrough, Wrexham, Hartlepool United, Luton Town, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Guiseley, Spennymoor Town
Bradley Fewster Striker Middlesbrough, York City, Hartlepool United, Spennymoor Town
Jonathan Franks Striker Middlesbrough, Oxford United, Yeovil Town, Hartlepool United, Ross County, Wrexham, ÍBV
Danny Graham Striker Middlesbrough, Darlington, Derby County, Leeds United, Blackpool, Carlisle United, Watford, Swansea City, Sunderland, Hull City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers
James Gray Striker Darlington, Kettering Town, Accrington Stanley, Vauxhall Motors, Northampton Town, Wrexham, Southport, Glenavon, Torquay United, York City, Tamworth
Anthony Hernandez Striker Cádiz B, Manchester 62, Gibraltar United, Lincoln Red Imps
Cameron Jerome Striker Cardiff City, Birmingham City, Stoke City, Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Derby County
Wilson Kneeshaw Striker ACS Poli Timișoara, Darlington 1883, Blyth Spartans, Sacramento Republic
Stephen Walker Striker Middlesbrough
Luke Williams Striker Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United, Scunthorpe United, Coventry City, Peterborough United, Northampton Town
Charlie Wyke Striker Kettering Town, Hartlepool United, AFC Wimbledon, Carlisle United, Bradford City

Academy players at international level[edit]

Academy players who have played at international level are as follows:

Team Player(s)
England U-16s Lee Cattermole, Callum Cooke, Bradley Fewster, Jonathan Franks, Seb Hines, Adam Jackson, Tony McMahon, Bryn Morris, Jason Steele, Andrew Taylor, Ross Turnbull, David Wheater, Nathan Wood
England U-17s Lee Cattermole, Luke Coddington, Callum Cooke, Matthew Elsdon, Bradley Fewster, Jonathan Franks, Dael Fry, Ben Gibson, Seb Hines, Adam Jackson, Tony McMahon, Bryn Morris, James Morrison, Nathan Porritt, Jason Steele, Andrew Taylor, Ross Turnbull, Stephen Walker, David Wheater, Luke Williams
England U-18s Matthew Bates, Lee Cattermole, Harry Chapman, Luke Coddington, Callum Cooke, Bradley Fewster, Jonathan Franks, Dael Fry, Ben Gibson, Adam Jackson, Bryn Morris, James Morrison, Richard Smallwood, Andrew Taylor, Ross Turnbull, Stephen Walker, David Wheater
England U-19s Matthew Bates, Joe Bennett, Lee Cattermole, Luke Coddington, Bradley Fewster, Jonathan Franks, Dael Fry, Seb Hines, Adam Jackson, Adam Johnson, Tony McMahon, Bryn Morris, James Morrison, Adam Reach, Connor Ripley, Jason Steele, Marcus Tavernier, Andrew Taylor, Ross Turnbull, David Wheater, Luke Williams
England U-20s Joe Bennett, Harry Chapman, Jonathan Franks, Dael Fry, Danny Graham, Bryn Morris, James Morrison, Andrew Taylor, Josh Walker, Luke Williams
England U-21s Joe Bennett, Lee Cattermole, Andrew Davies, Stewart Downing, Dael Fry, Ben Gibson, Cameron Jerome, Adam Johnson, Stuart Parnaby, Jason Steele, Robbie Stockdale, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater
England B Team Stewart Downing
Senior Team Stewart Downing, Ben Gibson, Adam Johnson
2012 GB Olympic Team Jason Steele
Australia U-20s Brad Jones, Luke Wilkshire
Australia U-23s Brad Jones, Luke Wilkshire
Australia Senior Team Brad Jones, Luke Wilkshire, Rhys Williams
Scotland U-19s Cameron Park
Scotland U-21s Cameron Park
Scotland Senior Team James Morrison, Graeme Murty, Robbie Stockdale
Wales U-21s Rhys Williams
France U-21s Hérold Goulon
Northern Ireland U-16s James Gray
Northern Ireland U-17s Ryan Brobbel, James Gray
Northern Ireland U-18s Ryan Brobbel
Northern Ireland U-19s Ryan Brobbel, Chris Brunt, James Gray
Northern Ireland U-21s Ryan Brobbel, Chris Brunt, James Gray
Northern Ireland U-23s Chris Brunt
Northern Ireland Senior Team Chris Brunt

Major trophies[edit]

Middlesbrough F.C. academy players who have won major footballing trophies include:

Trophy Player
Premier League Adam Johnson (2011–12)
FA Cup Ross Turnbull (2010, 2012) Adam Johnson (2010-11)
Football League Cup Brad Jones (2003-4, 2011–12) Stewart Downing (2003–04, 2011–12) Stuart Parnaby (2010–11) David Murphy (2011–12)
Football League Trophy Tom Craddock (2008–09)
Football League Championship Chris Brunt (2007–08), James Morrison (2007-08)
Football League One play-offs Chris Brunt (2004–05), Richard Smallwood (2013–14)
Conference National play-offs Ben Gibson (2011–12)
FA Trophy Ben Gibson (2011–12)
FA Community Shield Adam Johnson (2012)
Scottish League Cup David Murphy (2007)
UEFA Champions League Ross Turnbull (2011–12)


Winners (1): 2004
Runners-up (2): 1990, 2003
Winners (1): 2014–15


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