Walsall F.C. Youth and Reserves

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WFC Development Squad
Logo is 2007–2016
Full name Walsall Development Squad
Nickname(s) The Saddlers
Ground Ray Hall Lane, Birmingham
Bescot Stadium, Walsall
Chairman Jeff Bonser
Manager Dev. Squad: England John Ward
Academy: England Graham Biggs
League Dev. Squad: Central League NW
Academy: Youth Alliance NW

Walsall Football Club are represented at Reserve and Youth team level by the Walsall Development Squad and Walsall Academy. The Development Squad currently compete in the Central League North-West Division and the Academy team compete in the Youth Alliance North-West Division.

Both teams play the majority of their home games at the Birmingham County FA Headquarters at Ray Hall Lane in Perry Barr, although some games are played at the senior side's home Bescot Stadium.

The Development Squad is currently managed by John Ward and the Academy side by Graham Biggs. The make up of both sides is usually very similar, with Walsall's Academy side joining more experienced first team players on the fringes of the League One matchday squad and those who are returning from injury, in the majority of Development Squad fixtures.

Walsall Development Squad also compete in the Birmingham Senior Cup and Walsall Senior Cup, winning each competition on a number of occasions.

Current Development Squad[edit]

As of 30 April 2017.[1][2]

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 Liam Roberts
England GK Brendon Ganley
England DF Sam Tonks
Republic of Ireland DF Callum Cockerill-Mollett
England DF Dan Vann
England DF Kory Roberts
England DF Ben Kendrick
England DF Cody Fisher
England MF Desert Massamba
England MF Dan O'Sullivan
England MF Jordan Sangha
No. Position Player
Afghanistan MF Maziar Kouhyar
Trinidad and Tobago MF Milan Butterfield
England MF Stefan Mason
England MF Tobias Hayles-Docherty
England MF Will Shorrock
England MF Reece Flanagan
England FW Joseph Cairns
England FW Cameron Peters
England FW Ethan Freemantle
England FW Lezion Cela
England FW Mitchell Candlin

Academy Graduates[edit]

Walsall's Youth Academy has produced a number of first team players throughout the club's history. In recent years, notable graduates to go on to play in higher divisions include Matty Fryatt, Julian Bennett, Scott Dann, Jamie Paterson, Will Grigg and Troy Deeney.

Two graduates have gone on to play full international football for England - Allan Clarke and Michael Ricketts. Allan Clarke had a hugely successful career, scoring a winning goal in an FA Cup final while at Leeds United.


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