Southampton F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Coordinates: 50°53′17″N 1°27′38″W / 50.888035°N 1.460478°W / 50.888035; -1.460478 Southampton F.C. Under-23s and Academy or Saints Under-23s and Academy is the youth organisation run by Southampton F.C. to encourage and develop young footballers in the south of England. Renowned players including Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, and Alan Shearer began their careers at this academy. The team is made up of under-23 and academy players, is effectively Southampton's second-string side, but is limited to three outfield players and one goalkeeper over the age of 23 per game following the introduction of new regulations from the 2012–13 season.[1] They play in Premier League 2 Division 2. The team also competes in the Checkatrade Trophy and have been confirmed as participants for the 2018–19 edition of the cup.[2] The under-18 players among other younger age groups make up the Academy team.

Home fixtures are contested at the club's training facilities at Staplewood in Long Lane, Marchwood, Southampton and on rare occasions at St. Mary's. Since July 2018, the under-23s have been managed by Radhi Jaïdi.

Age categories[edit]

  • Under 23
  • Under 18
  • Under 16
  • Under 15
  • Under 14
  • Under 13
  • Under 12
  • Under 11
  • Under 10
  • Under 9

International players[edit]

Amongst the players who passed through the Saints Academy and went on to represent their country since the turn of the Millennium are:

In the past, prior to the establishment of the academy, the Southampton youth system has produced other international players, such as Terry Paine, Martin Chivers, Steve Williams, Mick Channon, Matthew Le Tissier and Alan Shearer.

Four former Saints academy players featured in the England Under-21 match against Montenegro on 7 September 2007: Martin Cranie and Theo Walcott both started (with Walcott setting up the second goal) whilst Dexter Blackstock and Andrew Surman came on as second-half substitutes, with Surman scoring the final goal in a 3-0 victory, tapping the ball home in stoppage time from a knock-down by Blackstock.[3][4]

In England's international friendly against Denmark on 5 March 2014, three graduates of the Southampton F.C. Academy appeared as second-half substitutes: Luke Shaw (making his debut), Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Present structure[edit]

The academy manager is Matt Hale. The previous academy manager was Matt Crocker (who served an apprenticeship at Cardiff City), assisted by Terry Moore. Crocker joined The FA as head of coaching and player development in the winter of 2013. Players are looked after by Host Families within the local area. These families are organised and monitored by Family Liaison Officer Ian Herding and his assistant Emma Walker.

The aim of the Southampton academy is to "...produce Premiership class players..."[5]

Currently, Southampton's academy set-up is one of the best in the country and they have regularly reached the latter stages of the FA Youth Cup, as well as being successful in the FA Premier Academy League championship. In the 2010–2011 season the U18s were only just "...Pipped to the Title..." by one point on the last day of the season of the Group A league. Southampton had to win and Fulham had to draw or lose for Southampton to come top. After winning 1–3 away to Coventry City the U18s were dismayed to discover Fulham had come back from being 0–3 down versus Leicester City to win 5–3.

The academy has joined up with local college Sparsholt College to try to give those footballers who have missed out on a scholarship the opportunity to remain in the game and train and play matches with the Southampton Academy.[6]

In May 2013, Andre Villas-Boas, manager of Tottenham Hotspur praised the Southampton Academy for its ability to produce star players, describing it as "a great school of development" and comparing it to Sporting Lisbon.[7]

In April 2015, a Southampton U21 side won the U21 Premier League Cup, defeating a Blackburn Rovers U21 side in the two-legged final at St Mary's Stadium in front of more than 12,000 fans. Goals from Ryan Seager and Sam Gallagher cancelled out a Matt Targett own goal to give Southampton a 2–1 victory after extra time to win the second edition of the cup.[8]

Under-23 squad[edit]

Southampton Under-23s
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Full nameSouthampton Football Club (Under-23s)
Nickname(s)The Saints
GroundStaplewood Campus, Long Lane, Marchwood, Southampton
ManagerRadhi Jaïdi (Under-23s)
LeaguePremier League 2 Division 2
2017–18Premier League 2 Division 2, 6th of 12
WebsiteClub website

Players (excluding scholars) who will qualify as U23s in season 2018–19 (i.e. born on or after 1 January 1995) and who are outside the first team squad.

As of 1 June 2018.[9]
  • Squad numbers represent numbers given to players for first team and Checkatrade Trophy matches only.
  • ± Denotes a player on an 'extended scholarship'.

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

No. Position Player
49 Republic of Ireland MF Thomas O'Connor
52 England FW Dan N'Lundulu
54 Austria DF Christoph Klarer
57 England DF Jake Vokins
58 Republic of Ireland DF Aaron O'Driscoll
59 Republic of Ireland FW Jonathan Afolabi
60 Republic of Ireland MF Will Smallbone
62 England GK Jack Rose
No. Position Player
64 England MF Nathan Tella
67 England GK Alex Cull
68 England MF Harlem Hale
70 England MF Harry Hamblin
71 England DF Jamie Bradley-Green
Scotland DF Kieran Freeman
England MF Jake Flannigan

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
50 England DF Ben Rowthorn (on loan at Truro City)
63 England MF Harrison Davis ± (on loan at Tiverton Town)
72 South Africa MF Siph Mdlalose (on loan at Salisbury)
England GK Kingsley Latham (on loan at Dorchester Town)

U23 Honours[edit]



  • U21 Premier League Cup
    • Winners: 2014–15
  • Southampton Senior Cup
    • Winners: 2017–18
  • South Shields International Tournament
    • Winners: 2018–19

Under-18 squad[edit]

Southampton Under-18s
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Full nameSouthampton Football Club (Under-18s)
Nickname(s)The Saints
GroundStaplewood Campus, Long Lane, Marchwood, Southampton
ManagerPaul Hardyman (Under-18s)
LeaguePremier U18 First Division, South
2017–18Premier U18 First Division, South, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website

Academy 2nd Years 2018–19[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Slovakia DF Simon Kozak * (DoB 20.02.2001)
Republic of Ireland DF Kameron Ledwidge * (DoB 07.04.2001)
England DF Oludare Olufunwa (DoB 29.07.2001)
England MF Dan Bartlett (DoB 13.10.2000)
Republic of Ireland MF Sean Brennan * (DoB 05.07.2001)
No. Position Player
47 Republic of Ireland MF Will Ferry * (DoB 07.12.2000)
England MF Taymar Fleary (DoB 09.10.2000)
48 Norway MF Kornelius Hansen * (DoB 06.05.2001)
74 Wales FW Christian Norton (DoB 21.05.2001)
69 France FW Enzo Robise * (DoB 22.05.2001)

Academy 1st Years 2018–19[edit]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Jack Bycroft * (DoB 21.09.2001)
England DF David Osaretin Agbontohoma (DoB 30.09.2001)
England DF Ryan Cluett (DoB 23.11.2001)
Republic of Ireland DF Séamus Keogh (DoB 28.02.2002)
England DF Pascal Kpohomouh * (DoB 24.09.2001)
England DF James Morris (DoB 23.11.2001)
75 France DF Alan Tchaptchet * (DoB 21.12.2001)
England MF Ethan Burnett (DoB 21.02.2002)
No. Position Player
Belgium MF Lucas Defise (DoB 19.10.2001)
England MF Rio Glean (DoB 17.09.2001)
Republic of Ireland MF Roland Idowu (DoB 21.01.2002)
73 Switzerland MF Alexandre Jankewitz * (DoB 25.12.2001)
England MF Michael Saunders (DoB xx.xx.xxxx)
Australia MF Caleb Watts (DoB 16.01.2002)
Wales MF Callum Watts (DoB 20.10.2001)
England FW Benni Smales-Braithwaite (DoB 29.04.2002)
  • * = Professional contracts

U18 Honours[edit]




Under-23 / Under-18 management
  • U23 Coach: Radhi Jaïdi
  • U23 Assistant Coach: Paul Buckle
  • U23 Goalkeeping Coach: Vince Bartram
  • U18 Coach: Paul Hardyman
  • U18 Assistant Coach: Carl Martin
  • U18 Goalkeeping Coach: Ryan Flood
  • Sports Medicine & Science Manager: Mo Gimpel
  • Head of Sports Science: Alek Gross
  • Safeguarding Manager: Margaret Sainsbury
  • Safeguarding Officers: Ian Herding & Emma Walker

Academy graduates (2012–present)[edit]

A number of players from the Southampton F.C. Academy have gone on to have careers in professional football, whether at Southampton or at other clubs. The following is a list of players who have made their Southampton first team debuts since the under-23s squad was established at the start of the 2012–13 season. Players who have represented Southampton in the Checkatrade Trophy, and no other competition, are not included in this list. Academy graduates who still play for Southampton, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are highlighted in green. Where players have made their debut in the same fixture, they are sorted alphabetically by surname.

As of 9 March 2019
Player Position Southampton Appearances Southampton Goals Current Club Born International Honours Debut Manager
Calum Chambers DF 25 0 England Arsenal (on loan at England Fulham) England Petersfield England England Age 17 vs. Stevenage, Capital One Cup, 28 August 2012 Nigel Adkins
Andy Robinson MF 1 0 England Havant & Waterlooville England Bournemouth Age 19 vs. Sheffield Wednesday, Capital One Cup, 25 September 2012
Lloyd Isgrove MF 8 0 England Barnsley (on loan at England Portsmouth) England Yeovil Wales Wales Age 19 vs. Leeds United, Capital One Cup, 30 October 2012
Harrison Reed MF 30 0 England Southampton (on loan at England Blackburn Rovers) England Worthing England England U20 Age 18 vs. Barnsley, Capital One Cup, 27 August 2013 Mauricio Pochettino
Omar Rowe MF 2 0 Cyprus Ayia Napa England Hackney Age 18 vs. Barnsley, Capital One Cup, 27 August 2013
Jake Sinclair FW 1 0 England Mangotsfield United England Bath Age 18 vs. Barnsley, Capital One Cup, 27 August 2013
Sam Gallagher FW 25 2 England Southampton England Crediton England England U20 Age 18 vs. Sunderland, Capital One Cup, 6 November 2013
Sam McQueen DF/MF 29 0 England Southampton (on loan at England Middlesbrough) England Southampton England England U21 Age 19 vs. Sunderland, FA Cup, 15 February 2014
Matt Targett DF 61 0 England Southampton England Eastleigh England England U21 Age 18 vs. Millwall, Capital One Cup, 26 August 2014 Ronald Koeman
Jake Hesketh MF 4 1 England Southampton (on loan at England Milton Keynes Dons) England Stockport Age 18 vs. Manchester United, Premier League, 8 December 2014
Dominic Gape MF 1 0 England Wycombe Wanderers England Burton Bradstock Age 20 vs. Everton, Premier League, 20 December 2014
Jason McCarthy DF 1 0 England Wycombe Wanderers England Southampton Age 19 vs. Crystal Palace, Premier League, 26 December 2014
Ryan Seager FW 2 0 England Yeovil Town England Yeovil England England U20 call-up Age 18 vs. Crystal Palace, FA Cup, 24 January 2015
Olufela Olomola FW 1 0 England Scunthorpe United England London Age 19 vs. Sunderland, EFL Cup, 26 October 2016 Claude Puel
Josh Sims MF/FW 21 0 England Southampton England Yeovil England England U20 Age 19 vs. Everton, Premier League, 27 November 2016
Harry Lewis GK 3 0 England Southampton England Shrewsbury England England U18 Age 19 vs. Norwich City, FA Cup, 7 January 2017
Michael Obafemi FW 8 1 England Southampton Republic of Ireland Dublin Republic of Ireland Ireland Age 17 vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League, 21 January 2018 Mauricio Pellegrino
Yan Valery DF 17 2 England Southampton France Champigny-sur-Marne France France U18 Age 19 vs. Leicester City, Carabao Cup, 27 November 2018 Mark Hughes
Tyreke Johnson MF 3 0 England Southampton England Swindon Age 20 vs. Arsenal, Premier League, 16 December 2018 Ralph Hasenhüttl
Kayne Ramsay DF 2 0 England Southampton England Age 18 vs. Manchester City, Premier League, 30 December 2018
Marcus Barnes FW 1 0 England Southampton England Reading Age 22 vs. Derby County, FA Cup, 5 January 2019
Callum Slattery MF 5 0 England Southampton England Kidlington England England U20 Age 19 vs. Derby County, FA Cup, 5 January 2019


  1. ^ "Barclays U21 Premier League: Competition Format explained". Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Southampton confirmed as 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy participants". Southampton F.C. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Montenegro U21 0-3 England U21". 7 September 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Full Monte for U21s". 7 September 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2007.[dead link]
  5. ^ Introduction to the Southampton Academy Archived 28 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Saints Programme". Southampton FC. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Andre Villas-Boas: Tottenham boss praises Southampton's academy". BBC Sport. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Gallagher wonder strike seals U21 PL Cup win for Southampton". Premier League. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  9. ^ "2015/16 Development squad players". Southampton F.C. Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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