Middlesbrough F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Middlesbrough Reserves and Academy
Full name Middlesbrough F.C. Reserves and Academy
Nickname(s) The Boro, Smoggies
Founded 1876
Ground Rockliffe Park, Hurworth
Owner Steve Gibson
Manager Dave Parnaby
League Professional Development League
Website Club home page

Middlesbrough Reserves and Academy are the under-21 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.


Middlesbrough Reserves (also referred to as the Under-21 Development Squad) play in the Professional U21 Development League, being part of the founding members of the league since 2012.


The Middlesbrough Academy is the name for Middlesbrough's youth system. They play in the Professional U18 Development League.

In recent years the Academy has been noted as one of the most productive in the country and the North East,[1][2] producing among others, first team captain Ben Gibson and former captain Jonathan Woodgate, as well as Danny Graham, Joe Bennett, Chris Brunt, James Morrison, Lee Cattermole, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater and Australia internationals Luke Wilkshire, Brad Jones and Rhys Williams and England internationals Adam Johnson and Stewart Downing.

The head of the Academy is Dave Parnaby.[3] He led the Academy side to the 2003 FA Youth Cup final against Manchester United where they finished runners up, before getting to the final again the next season and emerging victorious over Aston Villa in 2004.


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


The following players form the Academy squad for the 2016–17 season.

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

No. Position Player
22 England DF Dael Fry
43 England DF Hayden Coulson
44 England DF Matthew Elsdon
45 England FW Bradley Fewster
50 England DF Callum Johnson
52 Northern Ireland FW Thomas McAloon
53 England DF Niall McGoldrick
54 Scotland DF Jordan McGhee (on loan from Heart of Midlothian)
55 England DF Nathan McGinley
56 England MF Lewis Maloney
57 England MF Junior Mondal
60 England GK Aynsley Pears
61 England MF Alex Pattison
62 England DF Marcus Tavernier
No. Position Player
64 England MF Joseph Wheatley
66 England MF Ben Liddle
England GK Zak Hemming
England DF Jonathan Helm
England DF Nathan Dale
England DF Nathan Guru
Scotland DF Liam Hegarty
Argentina DF Pedro Silva Torrejón (on loan from Boca Juniors)
England MF Liam Cooke
England MF Connor Malley
England MF Anthony Renton
England FW Tyrone O’Neill
England FW Brandon Holdsworth
Finland FW Mikael Soisalo

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
42 England MF Callum Cooke (at Crewe Alexandra for the 2016–17 season)
46 England GK Joe Fryer (at Hartlepool United for the 2016–17 season)
58 Brazil FW João Morelli (at Levadia Tallinn for the 2016–17 season)
63 England MF Robbie Tinkler (at North Ferriby United for the 2016–17 season)
England GK Connor Ripley (at Oldham Athletic for the 2016–17 season)
England MF Harry Chapman (at Sheffield United for the 2016–17 season)

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
Ross Turnbull Goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Darlington, Barnsley, Bradford City, Crewe Alexandra, Cardiff City, Chelsea, Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley, Leeds United
Sam Russell Goalkeeper Gateshead, Darlington, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale, Wrexham, Forest Green Rovers
Jason Steele Goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Northampton Town, Blackburn Rovers F.C
Connor Ripley Goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Oxford United, Bradford City, Östersund, Motherwell, Oldham Athletic
Brad Jones Goalkeeper Middlesbrough, Shelbourne, Stockport County, Rotherham United, Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool, Derby County, Bradford City, NEC, Feyenoord
Matthew Bates Defender Middlesbrough, Darlington, Ipswich Town, Norwich City, Bristol City, Bradford City, Hartlepool United
John Johnson Defender Middlesbrough, Tranmere Rovers, Northampton Town, Bengaluru FC
Andrew Taylor Defender Middlesbrough, Bradford City, Watford, Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic, Reading, Bolton Wanderers
David Wheater Defender Middlesbrough, Doncaster Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Darlington, Bolton Wanderers
Joe Bennett Defender Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City
Robbie Stockdale Defender Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United, Rotherham United, Hull City, Darlington, Tranmere Rovers, Grimsby Town
Tony McMahon Defender Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Bradford City
Stuart Parnaby Defender Middlesbrough, Halifax Town, Birmingham City, Hartlepool United
David Murphy Defender Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Hibernian, Birmingham City
Andrew Davies Defender Middlesbrough, Queens Park Rangers, Derby County, Southampton, Stoke City, Preston North End, Sheffield United, Walsall, Crystal Palace, Bradford City, Ross County
Christian Burgess Defender Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United, Peterborough United, Portsmouth
Jonathan Grounds Defender Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Hibernian, Chesterfield, Yeovil Town, Oldham Athletic, Birmingham City
Luke Wilkshire Defender Middlesbrough, Bristol City, Twente, Dynamo Moscow, Feyenoord, Terek Grozny
Seb Hines Defender Middlesbrough, Oldham Athletic, Coventry City, Orlando City, Orlando City B
Ben Gibson Defender Middlesbrough, Plymouth Argyle, York City, Tranmere Rovers
Adam Reach Defender Middlesbrough, Darlington, Shrewsbury Town, Bradford City, Preston North End F.C, Sheffield Wednesday
Rhys Williams Defender Middlesbrough, Burnley, Charlton Athletic, Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory
Stewart Downing Midfielder Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Liverpool, West Ham United
Anthony Peacock Midfielder Darlington, Blyth Spartans, Spennymoor Town
Richard Smallwood Midfielder Middlesbrough, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United
Adam Johnson Midfielder Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Watford, Manchester City, Sunderland, HMP Holme House
Nathan Porritt Midfielder Darlington, R.O.C. de Charleroi-Marchienne, Norton & Stockton Ancients, Stokesley Sports Club, Marske United, Billingham Synthonia
Bryn Morris Midfielder Middlesbrough, Burton Albion, Coventry City, York City, Walsall, Shrewsbury Town
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
Jason Kennedy Midfielder Middlesbrough, Boston United, Bury, Livingston, Darlington, Rochdale, Bradford City, Carlisle United
Josh Walker Midfielder Middlesbrough, Bournemouth, Aberdeen, Northampton Town, Rotherham United, Watford, Stevenage, Scunthorpe United, Gateshead, Bengaluru, Edinburgh City
Lee Cattermole Midfielder Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland
Hérold Goulon Midfielder Le Mans, Blackburn Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Zawisza Bydgoszcz, Omonia, Viitorul Constanța, Doxa Katokopias
Gary Liddle Midfielder Hartlepool United, Notts County, Bradford City, Chesterfield, Carlisle United
Cameron Park Midfielder Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Crewe Alexandra, Marske United, Whitby Town
Chris Brunt Midfielder Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion
James Morrison Midfielder Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion
Danny Graham Striker Middlesbrough, Darlington, Derby County, Leeds United, Blackpool, Carlisle United, Watford, Swansea City, Sunderland, Hull City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers
Tom Craddock Striker Middlesbrough, Wrexham, Hartlepool United, Luton Town, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Guiseley, Spennymoor Town
Jonathan Franks Striker Middlesbrough, Oxford United, Yeovil Town, Hartlepool United, Ross County
Luke Williams Striker Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United, Scunthorpe United, Coventry City, Peterborough United, Northampton Town
Charlie Wyke Striker Middlesbrough, 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 Ross Turnbull, Jason Steele, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater, Tony McMahon, Seb Hines, Lee Cattermole, Bryn Morris, Jonathan Franks
England U-17s Ross Turnbull, Jason Steele, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater, Tony McMahon, Seb Hines, Ben Gibson, Nathan Porritt, Lee Cattermole, Bryn Morris, James Morrison, Jonathan Franks, Luke Williams
England U-18s Ross Turnbull, Matthew Bates, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater, Ben Gibson, Richard Smallwood, Lee Cattermole, Bryn Morris, James Morrison, Jonathan Franks
England U-19s Ross Turnbull, Jason Steele, Connor Ripley, Matthew Bates, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater, Joe Bennett, Tony McMahon, Seb Hines, Adam Reach, Adam Johnson, Lee Cattermole, Bryn Morris, James Morrison, Jonathan Franks, Luke Williams, Bradley Fewster
England U-20s Andrew Taylor, Joe Bennett, Josh Walker, Bryn Morris, James Morrison, Danny Graham, Jonathan Franks, Luke Williams
England U-21s Jason Steele, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater, Joe Bennett, Robbie Stockdale, Stuart Parnaby, Andrew Davies, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Lee Cattermole, Ben Gibson
England B Team Stewart Downing
England Senior Team Stewart Downing, 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 21s Cameron Park
Scotland Senior Team Robbie Stockdale, James Morrison
Wales U21 Rhys Williams
France U21 Hérold Goulon
Northern Ireland U-19s Chris Brunt
Northern Ireland U-21s Chris Brunt
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)


Runners up 1990, 2003
  • Professional U18 Development League
Winners 2014-15


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