Motherwell F.C. Under-20s and Academy

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Motherwell Under-20s
Motherwell FC crest.svg
Full name Motherwell Football Club Under-20s
Ground Excelsior Stadium,
Airdrie, North Lanarkshire
Head Coach Stephen Craigan
League SPFL Development League
2015–16 6th
Current season

In addition to the Motherwell F.C. first team, competing in the Scottish Premiership, Motherwell also have an Under-20 team who play in the SPFL Development League as well as younger age group teams in their youth system. They also previously fielded a reserve team.

Reserve Team[edit]

The reserve team of Motherwell was known simply as Motherwell Reserves.

Motherwell were an ever-present in the Scottish Premier Reserve League since its formation in the 1998/99 season. Initially starting as an Under 21 league, the reserve league was open to all age groups from season 2004/05.[1]

The Motherwell reserve team withdrew their team from the 2009/10 season due to financial constraints and a lack of support from other clubs, leading to the leagues eventual abandonment.[2] Motherwell Reserves now play friendly matches.

Motherwell Reserves usually played their home matches at Dalziel Park, a sports facility outside Motherwell that is also the training ground of the first-team.

Under 20s Team[edit]

History[edit]

The Motherwell Under 20 team compete in the SPFL Development League and the Scottish Youth Cup. It was previously the Motherwell Under 19 team until it was changed for the 2012-13 season.[3] having played home games at Fir Park,[4] Hannah Park and Creamery Park, their regular stadium is now Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.

Former Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan coaches the Under 20 side.[5]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2017[6] [7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
23 Scotland MF Dom Thomas
25 Scotland DF David Ferguson
26 Scotland MF Allan Campbell
27 Scotland MF Ross MacLean
28 Scotland DF Luke Watt
29 Scotland FW Dylan Mackin
30 Scotland DF Jack McMillan
31 Scotland DF Josh Strachini
32 Scotland MF David Turnbull
33 Scotland DF Barry Maguire
34 Scotland MF Jake Hastie
No. Position Player
35 Scotland FW Dylan Falconer
36 Scotland FW Ryan Watters
37 Scotland MF Jordan Armstrong
38 Scotland FW James Scott
40 Scotland DF Adam Livingstone
41 Scotland GK Peter Morrison
Australia GK Oliver Pain (on loan from Sunderland)
Scotland FW Jamie Semple
Scotland Tom Fry
Scotland Jamie Stevenson

Academy[edit]

The club also operates the Motherwell Academy. The academy was formed in 2012, and consists of teams made up of players and coaches from Under-11 to Under-17 level. The youth teams train at a sports facility based within Braidhurst High School. Since 2013 the director was former Motherwell captain Scott Leitch.[8]

Staff[edit]

Position Name[9]
Academy Director Scott Leitch
Chief Scout Bobby Jenks
Under 20's team coach Stephen Craigan
Goalkeeping coach
Head of Performance Analysis Ross Clarkson
Physiotherapists Adam Stokes & John Porteous

Honours[edit]

Reserves[edit]

  • Premier Reserve League[10] (1975-1998)
Runners-up (2): 1988-89, 1994-95
Runners-up (1): 2006-07

Youths[edit]

Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 1987
Runner-up (3): 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10

Former youth team players[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e This player has also represented their country at full international level.