Portsmouth F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Portsmouth F.C.
Full name Portsmouth FC Reserves and Academy
Nickname(s) Pompey
The Blues
The Blue Army
Founded 1898
Ground West Leigh Park
Havant, England
Ground Capacity 5,250 (526 seated)
Manager Mark Kelly
League Football League Youth Alliance
2015–16 Football League Youth Alliance
South-West Division: 5th

Portsmouth F.C. Reserves and Academy consist of the reserve and academy footballers of Portsmouth F.C..

The Reserves[edit]

The Portsmouth Reserves consist of mainly young players under the age of 21 who are no longer eligible for the academy but are still trying to make the step up to the senior team. The reserve team is also often used to give senior squad players and senior players returning from injury the chance to play and keep or build up match fitness, or for trialists at the club to impress in a competitive match. The team was last managed by Guy Whittingham and played their matches at Havant and Waterlooville's home ground West Leigh Park. They played in the Premier Reserve League South. The club announced on 7 July 2010 that they would opt out of the Totesport.com Combination Reserve League for the upcoming season, leaving the club without the ability to field a competitive reserve team.[1] Instead, young players are being sent out on loan to other football clubs for first-team action and a number of friendly matches will be arranged over the course of the season for the reserve players to play in. In 2012 Portsmouth returned with a Development squad. This contains Substitute first team players as well as advanced youth players. Both parties are still allowed to play in the first team or academy depending on age as, all Development squad matches are friendlies.

The Academy[edit]

Portsmouth were granted academy status at the beginning of the 2007/2008 season.[2] In their first year as an academy side, they finished a highly respectable 4th-place finish in the Premier League Academy Group A, beating some well established academy sides such as those of Southampton and Crystal Palace. The academy is currently managed by Mark Kelly. In the 2012-13 season the Academy won the Football League Youth Alliance South East Conference.

Currently Jack Whatmough and Conor Chaplin are notable graduates in the first team squad.

Academy team[edit]

Apps and goals updated on 11 March 2017.

Player Date of Birth Place of Birth Pos. Int. Caps Previous Club Apps Goals Notes
2nd year scholars (players born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 1999)[3]
England Nick Hall 29 December 1998 Portsmouth GK U16 21 0
The Gambia Ousmane Saidy 12 January 1999 CB U16 22 1
England Eddie Wakley 1998 Hillingdon CB Wycombe Wanderers 27 3
Scotland Kyle McDowell 13 February 1999 Kingston upon Thames LB U16 23 0
England Jez Bedford 10 February 1999 Dorset AM U16 20 7 Offered professional contract
England Tommy Scutt 20 April 1999 Portsmouth CM U16 24 8
England Theo Widdrington 6 April 1999 Southampton CM U16 21 7 Offered professional contract
England Harvey Bradbury 9 November 1998 Surrey CF U16 26 14
1st year scholars (players born between 1 September 1999 and 31 August 2000)[4]
Jamaica Jordan Brooks 14 February 2000 London CM U16 19 0
England Matt Casey CB 24 1
England Jack Chandler RB U16 24 2
England Jack Collins Rustington GK U16 13 0
England Matt Mayes 6 September 1999 Portsmouth CF U16 25 8
England Dan Smith 5 September 1999 London AM U16 24 6
Under 16's (players born after 31 August 2000)
England Joe Dandy - U16 5 0
England Joe Hancott 2001 U16 9 0
England Bradley Lethbridge U16 6 0
England Freddie Read Portsmouth U16 20 0
England James Whiting 2001 U16 2 0
Extended schoolboy terms
England Sam Woodward 29 September 1998 FW U16 24 4

Academy graduates (2008–present)[edit]

Academy graduates who still play for Portsmouth, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are highlighted in green.
Player Current Club Born International Honours Debut Manager
Marc Wilson Bournemouth Northern Ireland Aghagallon Full Ireland caps Age 21 v Chelsea, 24 September 2008 Harry Redknapp
Joel Ward Crystal Palace England Emsworth Age 19 v Hereford United, 26 August 2009 Paul Hart
Gauthier Mahoto Marsouins France France Age 17 v Hereford United, 26 August 2009
Asmir Begović Chelsea Bosnia and Herzegovina Trebinje Full Bosnia caps Age 21 v Sunderland, 18 May 2009
Lenny Sowah Heart of Midlothian Germany Hamburg Germany U-19 caps Age 17 v Blackburn Rovers, 3 April 2010 Avram Grant
Matt Ritchie Newcastle United England Gosport Full Scotland caps Age 20 v Wigan Athletic, 14 April 2010
Nadir Çiftçi Celtic Turkey Karakoçan Turkey U-19 caps Age 18 v Coventry City, 7 August 2010 Steve Cotterill
Peter Gregory Free Agent England Eastbourne Age 18 v Coventry City, 7 August 2010
Marlon Pack Bristol City England Portsmouth Age 19 v Crystal Palace, 24 August 2010
Tom Kilbey Retired England Leytonstone Age 20 v Watford, 1 January 2011
Ryan Williams Free Agent Australia Subiaco Australia U-23 caps Age 17 v Middlesbrough, 6 August 2011
Jason Pearce Charlton Athletic England Hillingdon Age 23 v Reading, 16 August 2011
Adam Webster Ipswich Town England West Wittering England U-19 caps Age 17 v West Ham United, 14 January 2012 Michael Appleton
Ashley Harris Moneyfields England Waterlooville Age 18 v Birmingham, 20 March 2012
Jack Maloney Horndean England Ryde Age 17 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Bradley Tarbuck Havant & Waterlooville England Emsworth Age 16 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Sam Magri Dover England Portsmouth Full Malta caps Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Dan Butler Newport County England Cowes Age 17 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Jed Wallace Wolves England Reading England U-19 cap Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Dan Thompson Tonbridge Angels England Wandsworth Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
George Colson Salisbury England Cowes Wales U-16 caps Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Alex Grant Perth Glory England Manchester Australia U-17 Call-up Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Andy Higgins ECU Joondalup Australia Perth Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Jack Compton Free Agent Wales Cardiff Age 23 v Bournemouth, 18 August 2012
Nick Awford Winchester City England Portsmouth Age 18 vs Sheffield United, 20 April 2013 Guy Whittingham
Jack Whatmough Portsmouth England Gosport England U-19 cap Age 17 vs Southend United, 26 November 2013 Andy Awford
Ben Close Portsmouth England Portsmouth Age 18 vs Yeovil Town, 2 September 2014
Conor Chaplin Portsmouth England Worthing Age 17 vs Accrington Stanley, 13 December 2014
Adam May Portsmouth England Southampton Age 17 vs Bury, 18 April 2015 Gary Waddock
Brandon Haunstrup Portsmouth England Waterlooville Age 18 vs Derby County, 12 August 2015 Paul Cook
Calvin Davies Free Agent England Portsmouth Age 17 vs Exeter City, 1 September 2015
Brandon Joseph-Buadi Worthing England Brighton Age 17 vs Exeter City, 1 September 2015
Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain Portsmouth England Port Solent Age 17 vs Exeter City, 1 September 2015
Kaleem Haitham Folland Sports England Portsmouth Age 17 vs Exeter City, 1 September 2015
Alex Bass Portsmouth England Huntingdon Age 18 vs Coventry City, 9 August 2016
Liam O'Brien Coventry England Ruislip England U-19 cap Age 24 vs Yeovil Town, 30 August 2016

Information in the above table is current as of May 2016

Other notable academy graduates[edit]

England England
Wales Wales
Guernsey Guernsey

References[edit]