Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Tottenham Hotspur Academy
Tottenham Hotspur crest
Full nameTottenham Hotspur Football Club
Nickname(s)Spurs, The Lilywhites
GroundHotspur Way, Enfield,
London, England
ChairmanDaniel Levy
ManagerWayne Burnett (Under 23)
Matt Wells (Under 18)
LeaguePremier League 2
U18 Premier League

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy was created to train and develop players from the age of eight right up to the age of 23. Many of whom have progressed through Tottenham's youth academy have gone on to sign professional contracts and represent their country at International level.

The reserves in recent times have been known as the Development Squad to reflect the purpose of producing players for the first team. Though matches are billed as under 21, three overage players are allowed which gives the club the opportunity to give senior squad players a chance to play and keep or build up match fitness, often following an injury.

They have won one Premier Reserve League South title since the league's formation in 1999 and were runners-up in the inaugural Barclays U21 Premiership League which took over from 2012.

Historical reserve team[edit]

In 1948 Tottenham entered an 'A' team into the Eastern Counties League.[1] They won the League Cup in their first season and the league title and the East Anglian Cup in their second. In 1957–58 they again won both the league and East Anglian Cup and went on to win the League Cup the following season. They won three consecutive league titles in 1959–60, 1960–61 and 1961–62. In 1963 they left the ECL to join the Metropolitan League, which they won in 1966–67 as well as the League Cup in 1963–64 and the League Cup and Professional Cup in 1964–65. In 1969 they joined the South East Counties League, where they played until the formation of the Academy team in 1998, winning it three times between 1969 and 1973 and several times in the 1980s and 1990s.[1]

During their time in the ECL the club played at White Hart Lane, as well as at Hoddesdon Town's Lowfield Ground (1950–51), the Hoddesdon Sports Arena (1951–52) and Brookfields Lane in Cheshunt (1952–1963).

The Academy[edit]

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy coaches young footballers from the ages of 8 to 18 involving approximately 150 young players, looked after by 30 full-time and part-time staff. The academy features a network of 35 scouts who are tasked with finding the best local, national and international talent. Whilst under 16, in the Youth development phase, players are coached or play in the evenings and the weekend whilst they are in full-time education. On reaching 16, the best players are offered a place in the U18s Academy on a full-time 2 year Scholarship contract. This provides an academic programme alongside their football commitments. Players will usually progress through first and second years of the professional development phase whereupon on completion, they will be either offered a professional contract or be released. Where a player is borderline or has been held back because of injury there is the option of offering a third year at the Academy by exception.

Notable players to come through the Tottenham Hotspur Academy include Ledley King, Glenn Hoddle, Peter Crouch, Stephen Carr, Nick Barmby, Ian Walker, and Sol Campbell all of whom have gone on to represent their country at international level.

The Academy Manager is John McDermott. One of the former Youth Team coaches is Alex Inglethorpe who joined the club in 2006 after a two-year spell as manager of Exeter City. In November 2012 after six years service to Tottenham he joined Liverpool to become their Under-21 coach.[2]

Development Squad[edit]

Players who have progressed through the Academy and have shown the potential to play at a higher level are offered professional contracts and will then join the Development Squad. The Development Squad may also be joined by under 21 players signed from other clubs or free agents who have proved themselves in trials at the club. The purpose of the Development Squad is to produce new players for the First Team though breaking into the senior squad is no easy feat for a young player. As well as playing in U21 games players may be loaned out to other clubs in lower leagues or sometimes clubs abroad to give them experience and to aid their development.

As of the 2012 - 2013 season the Development squad have played in the Barclays U21 Premiership League. In July 2014, former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu was appointed Under-21 Team Coach following a period of part-time work within the Academy.[3] However, on 20 April 2017, Ehiogu went into cardiac arrest after collapsing at Tottenham's training ground; he died the following day at the age of 44.[4] Two months later, Tottenham announced that they had appointed former Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett as Ehiogu's successor, with former player Scott Parker taking charge of the u-18s.[5][6]


2005–06 season[edit]

Clive Allen became the manager of the reserve team at the beginning of the season and led them to their first FA Premier Reserve League South title staying in 1st position from mid-December until the end of the season. They lost just three times during the league season. In the Barclays Premiership Reserve League Play-Off which is contested by the winners of the Southern and Northern Reserve League title winners Tottenham Reserves lost 2–0 to Manchester United Reserves at Old Trafford. Home games were played at Broadhall Way, the home ground of Stevenage Borough.

2006–07 season[edit]

The 2006–07 was less successful for the reserve team with them finishing mid-table in fifth place behind league winners Reading, Watford, Chelsea and Leicester City. The academy team have made a vast improvement over the previous season and finished the league in third position in their Under 18 Group behind Reading and Leicester City.

The end of the season coincided with the end of a Tottenham career for Charlie Lee and Rob Burch with both being released to further their careers elsewhere.[7]

2007–08 season[edit]

From the 2007–08 season onwards they played their home matches at Leyton Orient's home ground Matchroom Stadium .

2008–09 season[edit]

On 1 July 2008, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the permanent transfer of Joe Martin who had previously been on loan, to Blackpool.[8] Spurs also loaned out Tomas Pekhart to Southampton, Troy Archibald-Henville to Norwich City, Simon Dawkins to Leyton Orient, David Button to Grays Athletic, Andrew Barcham, Leigh Mills and Charlie Daniels went on loan to Gillingham.[9]

In 2009, Grays Athletic this time loaned Lee Butcher another goalkeeper for a month[9] and Gillingham acquired Barcham permanently.[10] Charlie Daniels was allowed to join Leyton Orient on a free transfer.[11] Button this time went on loan to AFC Bournemouth, made his league debut for them and Archibald-Henville went to Exeter City, while Yuri Berchiche and David Hutton both moved to Cheltenham Town.

2009–10 season[edit]

The club announced on 12 June 2009 that for the 2009–10 season it would not be entering a team in the Reserve League. Instead the reserve players would be loaned out for first team experience, and if necessary friendly matches would be arranged as required during the season to test out players returning from injury.[12]

2012–13 season[edit]

After not participating in the Reserve League for three seasons the club agreed to play in the newly formed Barclays U21 Premiership League. Tottenham U21s won the Group 2 League in the first half of the season which qualified them for the Elite Group, which they also won. This put them through to the end of the season Knock-out competition where they progressed all the way to the final, eventually losing 3-2 to Manchester United U21s.




  • Eurofoot Tournament
    • Winners (2): 2007, 2011
  • Premier League Champions Cup
    • Winners (1): 2014



Under 23[edit]

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

No. Position Player
39 England FW Shayon Harrison
40 England MF Luke Amos
41 England GK Alfie Whiteman
42 Cyprus MF Anthony Georgiou
46 England MF Tashan Oakley-Boothe
47 England MF George Marsh
48 England DF Jonathan Dinzeyi
49 England GK Brandon Austin
50 England FW Kazaiah Sterling
51 England FW Shilow Tracey
No. Position Player
53 England DF Timothy Eyoma
54 England MF Dylan Duncan
55 Cyprus MF Jack Roles
57 England DF Japhet Tanganga
58 England GK Charlie Freeman
59 England MF Jamie Reynolds
60 Belgium GK Jonathan De Bie
61 England DF Tariq Hinds
74 Australia GK Tom Glover

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
43 England DF Connor Ogilvie (at Gillingham until 31 May 2019)[13]
44 England MF Marcus Edwards (at Excelsior until 31 May 2019)[14]
No. Position Player
56 England MF Samuel Shashoua (at Atlético Baleares until 31 May 2019)[15]

Under 18[edit]

Second Year Academy Players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
52 England MF Oliver Skipp
62 England MF Jamie Bowden
63 England DF Brooklyn Lyons-Foster
64 England MF Paris Maghoma
65 England MF Dilan Markanday
66 Scotland MF Phoenix Patterson
67 England MF Armando Shashoua
75 England FW Rodel Richards
No. Position Player
76 England MF Rayan Clarke
77 Wales MF Elliot Thorpe
79 England DF Jubril Okedina
England DF Maxwell Statham
England FW Jeremie Mukendi
England GK Joshua Oluwayemi
Spain MF Maurizio Pochettino
Finland DF Maxi Tainio

First Year Academy Players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
68 England FW J’Neil Bennett
70 England DF Malachi Walcott
71 Republic of Ireland FW Troy Parrott
72 England MF Harvey White
73 England DF Luis Binks
No. Position Player
78 England MF Chay Cooper
Poland GK Kacper Kurylowicz
England FW Enock Asante
England MF Rafferty Pedder
England DF Dennis Cirkin

Notable Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Academy graduates[edit]

The following list of notable graduates have appeared in 25 or more games for the first team. Players still currently playing for the club in bold

Academy management and support staff[edit]

Role[16] Name
Academy Manager & Head of Coaching John McDermott
Head of Academy Operations & Performance Dean Rastrick
Professional Development Phase Coach Paul Bracewell
Professional Development Phase Coach Paul Brush
Youth Development Phase Lead Coach Justin Cochrane
Youth Development Phase Coach Mehmet Ali
Foundation Phase Lead Coach (Safeguarding Officer) Gary Broadhurst
Foundation Phase Coach Michael Donaldson
Under 23 Manager Wayne Burnett
Under 18 Manager Matt Wells[17]
Head of Academy Goalkeeping Perry Suckling
Goalkeeping Coach Rob Burch
Goalkeeping Coach Alex Welsh
Academy Coach Bradley Allen
Academy Coach Will Antwi
Academy Coach Tony Tillbrook
Academy Coach Trevor Duberry
Academy Coach Ryan Hall
Academy Coach Joe Staunton
Academy Coach Daryl McMahon
Academy Coach Aaron Cato
Academy Coach Glen Hicks
Head of Academy Science & Medicine Aaron Harris
Academy Doctor Imtiaz Ahmad
Academy Physiotherapist Adam Paxton
Academy Physiotherapist David McGinness
Head of Academy Physical Development Matt Allen
Academy Physical Development Coach Charlie Moore
Academy Sports Science Intern Chris Riley
Academy Performance Analyst Luke Georgiou
Academy Performance Analyst Andrew Ratnage
Academy Performance Analyst Josh Smith
Academy Performance Analyst Charlie Turnbull
Academy Recruitment Officer Jason Hogg
Academy Head of Education Trevor Webb
Academy Education Officer David Rainford
Academy Education Assistant Helene Michaels
Academy Administration Manager Luke Godfrey
Academy Administrator Tina Gold
Academy Transport Coordinator Nick Boulli
Academy Kit Manager Tavish Mahandru
Development/Academy Kit Assistant Stan White

Reserve team manager history[edit]

  • Scotland Colin Calderwood (2001–2003)
  • England John McDermott (2005)
  • England Clive Allen
  • England Gareth Mason (2006-2007)
  • England Lee Connor Hagger (2007)


  1. ^ a b Blakeman, M (2010) The Official History of the Eastern Counties Football League 1935-2010, Volume II ISBN 978-1-908037-02-2
  2. ^ Simon Jones (27 November 2012). "Inglethorpe leaves Spurs youth role to become Rodgers' reserve team coach at Anfield". Mail Online. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  3. ^ Under 21s Appointment THFC website, Accessed 25 July 2014
  4. ^ "Ugo Ehiogu 21 April 2017 - News -". Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  5. ^ "Scott Parker returns 30 June 2017 - News -". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  6. ^ "New Academy coaching staff appointed 29 June 2017 - News -". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  7. ^ – Player Update
  8. ^ "Martin to Blackpool". 1 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  9. ^ a b "Grays loan for Butcher". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  10. ^ "Barcham move made permanent". 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
  11. ^ "Daniels leaves Spurs for Orient". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  12. ^ Reserve News THFC website 2009-06-12 Retrieved, 2009-08-15
  13. ^ "Ogilvie returns to Gillingham". Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Dutch loan for Marcus". Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Baleares loan for Shashoua". Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. 26 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Academy Info". Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Scott Parker departs". Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Retrieved 4 July 2018.

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