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West Ham United Under-21s
Full nameWest Ham United Football Club (Under-21s)
Nickname(s)The Irons
The Hammers
The Academy of Football
Short nameWHU U21s
GroundRush Green Stadium, Romford, London, England
Capacity6,078
OwnerDavid Sullivan (38.8%)
Daniel Křetínský (27%)
Estate of David Gold (25.1%)
Albert 'Tripp' Smith (8%)
Other Investors (1.1%)[1]
ManagerSteve Potts
LeaguePremier League 2
2021–22Premier League 2 Division 1, 2nd of 14
(as U23s)
WebsiteClub website

The Academy of West Ham United F.C. is historically one of the most productive football academies in British football. This success has resulted in its nickname the Academy of Football.

The introduction of the FA's new academy system in 1998 has placed even more emphasis on the development of young homegrown players, and today the youth system at West Ham is more important than it has ever been.[2] With the influx of many foreign players in the Premier League during modern times, West Ham United has been regarded as one of the few remaining clubs in the top flight to continue producing and playing homegrown English players.

The Under-21 team is the most senior of West Ham's youth squads. The Under-21 team is effectively the club's second-string side but is limited to five outfield players and one goalkeeper over the age of 21 per game following the introduction of new regulations from the 2022–23 season.[3] They play in Premier League 2 and also compete in the Papa John's Trophy.

The Academy of Football[edit]

"Academy of Football" livery at Upton Park

'The Academy of Football' , or just 'The Academy,' is a nickname of West Ham United.[4][5][6] The title pays homage to the success of the club in coaching talented young players.[5][6][7] The title, originally attributed to the club by the press, has since been officially adopted by the club and is displayed in several prominent places around the stadium such as being printed beside the club crest on the artificial surface surrounding the pitch at Upton Park.

The original tribute intended to reference the entire culture of the club in much the same way as the Liverpool "Boot Room". It was not solely reserved for the education of young players but also for the development of a modern approach to football from the roots up, as inspired by the success of the Hungarian national team featuring Ferenc Puskás that had humiliated England 6–3, and the great Real Madrid side of the late 1950s that dominated the European Cup.

Academy history[edit]

The 'Academy of Football' term was first used in the early years of Ron Greenwood's reign as West Ham manager (1961–1974). Greenwood had inherited a young team of players from Ted Fenton, and the club was noted for its reliance on homegrown talent with Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, John Lyall, Ronnie Boyce, John Sissons, Alan Sealey and Harry Redknapp all in the first team or periphery. Further foundations had been laid with stalwart Ken Brown at the back, Malcolm Musgrove on the left wing (who was to leave in the second season), and the addition of John "Budgie" Byrne upfront.

The true heritage of this side, however, owed its pedigree to the practices put in place by the previous manager.

Fenton was praised as a forward-thinking manager. He pushed for the establishment of "The Academy," which brought through a series of young players to augment a side that could not be improved with the limited finances available. Two of the signings he did manage to make were those of John Dick and Malcolm Allison. Other players of the day included John Bond, Dave Sexton, Jimmy Andrews and Frank O'Farrell (later swapped for Eddie Lewis) and Tommy Moroney all part of an original 'Cafe Cassettari' club started by Fenton as a result of the restrictive budget.[8]

There [Cafe Cassettari], Allison would hold court, and the players would exchange views on the game and make tactical plans around the dinner table, illustrating their ideas with the use of salt and pepper pots. The culmination of those years of hard work, on and off the field, was the Second Division championship in 1958 – the springboard to great cup successes at a much higher level in the mid-60s ... no one should underestimate the positive influence of Malcolm Allison's earlier role in Hammers' history.

— West Ham Club History, John Hellier[9]

Cassettari's Café sat opposite the Boleyn Ground, and Fenton organized a deal that saw meals and a warm welcome for the club players at a price the club could manage. It became a place for routine team discussion, and ideas and wisdom freely passed back and forth.[10] The tradition of mentorship lasted long into the 1960s even after Fenton had moved on and saw future managers John Lyall and Harry Redknapp pass through.[9] West Ham, with meetings at Cassettari's Café, soon gained a reputation for producing managers via playing for the club including Malcolm Allison, Noel Cantwell, Frank O'Farrell, John Bond, Dave Sexton, Jimmy Andrews and Malcolm Musgrove.[11]

Fenton introduced continental ideas to the team, revamping training methods, and taking inspiration from higher-ranked teams. Fenton had been impressed greatly by the all-conquering Hungarians of the 1950s led by Ferenc Puskás, and the Cassettari program and development of the academy were at the core.[10] Ernie Gregory said (of the 1950s diet) "We'd usually eaten fish or chicken and toast before then, but Dr. Thomas advised us all to eat steak and rice two hours before kick-off. All the other clubs copied us after that".[12] However, not all the changes were strictly down to Fenton, Musgrove attributed much of the training regime to Allison, going so far as to state that once the players were at the club (signed by Fenton) they were pretty much Allison's property.[13] As well as being a student of the game himself, Fenton encouraged all players to take coaching badges and, notably, many of his former players went on to coaching and managing roles after they retired.[14] The academy also involved, beyond the routine training and development of the youth and squad, actual tactical discussions between the players.[8]

At this time, three players who had come through the West Ham youth development system were beginning to find success in the England squad; they were Bobby Moore who debuted in 1962, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.In 1966, these players played a part in England's victory in the World Cup.

Moore was the most well-known of the three. He captained the England squad and was later named by Pelé as the "greatest" of all the defenders he had played against.

In the World Cup final against West Germany in which England won 4–2, Hurst scored the first hat-trick ever scored at a World Cup final match, and Peters scored the other goal. This gave rise to the West Ham supporters' partly sarcastic terrace chant:

I remember Wembley,
When West Ham beat West Germany.
Peters one and Geoffrey three,
And Bobby got his OBE!

A bronze statue of these three players (and Everton defender Ray Wilson) holding the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft was erected in 2003 at the junction of Barking Road and Green Street close to Upton Park.

During the next thirty years, West Ham's youth academy produced many professional players. Notable Academy "graduates" during this time include Frank Lampard Sr. and (later Sir) Trevor Brooking, who both featured in the club's 1975 FA Cup win with a team composed solely of English players; no club since has repeated this accomplishment.

Since 1973 the academy has been managed by Tony Carr, himself a "graduate" but whose career was cut short by injury.

Paul Ince played his first game for West Ham in 1986, and went on to win more trophies than any other Academy "graduate", albeit with Manchester United.

Premier League era[edit]

In 1996, the reputation of the academy began a fresh revival with the arrival of Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard Jnr. That year, the West Ham youth team reached the FA Youth Cup Final, losing to a Liverpool side inspired by Michael Owen. However, both Ferdinand and Lampard would see success in subsequent years.[15][16]

In 1999, the West Ham youth team won the FA Youth Cup, beating Coventry City 9–0 on aggregate. The team featured Joe Cole and Michael Carrick. Ferdinand and Carrick played against Lampard and Cole when Manchester United met Chelsea at the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.

Recent Academy "graduates" include Glen Johnson, Billy Mehmet, Freddy Eastwood, Anton Ferdinand (younger brother of Rio), Elliott Ward, Mark Noble, Jack Collison, James Tomkins and Declan Rice.[17]

During the 2022–23 season, West Ham's under-18 won 26 out of 30 games in all competitions, winning the U18 Premier League South and the FA Youth Cup, beating Arsenal 5–1 at the Emirates Stadium to lift the trophy for the fourth time.[18]

Relationship with West Ham United[edit]

The academy is an important part of the club's identity and a regular source of players for the first team. When the club was relegated from the FA Premier League in 2003, the sale of young Academy stars arguably saved the club from financial disaster. It has been argued that if West Ham had kept all of their Academy "graduates" since Rio Ferdinand, they would currently be among the very top English teams.

With their promotion via the Championship Play-Offs in 2005 West Ham have returned to England's top league. Three Academy "graduates" had been key players in this achievement; Anton Ferdinand, Elliott Ward, and Mark Noble. In the 2007–08 season, manager Alan Curbishley handed three graduates, Jack Collison, James Tomkins and Freddie Sears, their debuts.

Gianfranco Zola, who previously worked with the Italy U21's, stated his desire to continue the club's tradition of using homegrown talent. Noble, Tomkins and Collison all went on to play an important part as West Ham beat relegation to finish 9th in the 2008–09 season. Under him, Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas have impressed after the August 2009 League Cup match against Millwall where they both scored in a 3–1 win.[19]

West Ham as a 'selling club'[edit]

A case may be made that West Ham has been a 'selling club' in recent years, that is, a club that provides quality players to other clubs for profit but does not have the prestige or financial means to keep those players for the benefit of their own team. This reputation probably began with the sale of Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United in 2000. Since then, West Ham has sold six Academy "graduates" for transfer fees totaling over £50 million (including £18 million for Ferdinand, who was later sold on to Manchester United for £30 million).[20] This amount has traditionally been much greater than the club's own spending on players (most of which was financed by the above income), and many of the players found success with financially stronger clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United who are two of the English clubs capable of competing on a different level to most other teams.[21]

Though not a club, the England national team has included various academy apprentices or graduates in recent years, including Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson, as well as John Terry who spent part of his development with the club.[22][23]

Quotes[edit]

"The crowds at West Ham have never been rewarded by results but they keep turning up because of the good football they see. Other clubs will suffer from the old bugbear that results count more than anything. This has been the ruination of English soccer."Ron Greenwood, West Ham manager 1961–1974.[24]

"No way is it all down to me. It's very difficult to say why we've been so successful in youth terms; I suppose it's down to a number of factors but, most importantly, our recruitment area of east London and Essex is really fertile."Tony Carr, director of Youth Development at West Ham 1973–2010, quoted in an interview published by The Daily Telegraph 14 June 2004.[24]

"Why should we sell Rio Ferdinand? Are we a Premier League club or are we just a feeder club for bigger clubs? If we start selling players like Rio, where is the club going to go?"Harry Redknapp, West Ham manager 1994–2001.

"The biggest single contributor to the current England national squad is not Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea, but the West Ham Youth Academy."ITV Football article, 13 September 2004.

Reserve team history[edit]

The West Ham United Reserves Team was founded in 1899 as Thames Ironworks Reserves and they changed their name to West Ham Reserves in 1900. They joined London League Division One in the season 1899–1900. In 2007–08 they were FA Premier Reserve League Southern Division runners-up on goal difference.[25]

'A' team[edit]

Between 1948 and 1956 West Ham entered an 'A' team into the Eastern Counties League.[26] In 1952 they also began playing in the Metropolitan League. After leaving the ECL they remained in the Metropolitan League, winning the League Cup in 1957–58 and the Professional Cup in 1959–60, 1966–67 and 1968–69. They left the league when it merged into the Metropolitan London League in 1971, and instead entered a youth team into the South East Counties League, which they won in 1984–85, 1995–96, and 1997–98, before leaving when the FA Academy system was set up in 1998.[26]

Under-21 team[edit]

The West Ham United Reserves competed in the Premier Reserve League South until relegation from the Premier League. The side is now classed as a development squad coached by Dmitri Halajko and Steve Potts. Friendly games were usually played at Chadwell Heath and other clubs training grounds.

Since the 2012–13 season, the team has played in the Professional Development League (now branded Premier League 2) for players under the age of 21 and a restricted number of over-age players.[27] Most home matches are played at West Ham's training ground (Rush Green), with three fixtures per season played at the London Stadium, as well as some cup competitions being played at Dagenham and Redbridge F.C.’s Victoria Road stadium. [28] [29][30]

Current squad[edit]

Players (excluding scholars) who will qualify as U21s in season 2023-24 and who are outside the first team squad.

As of 14 June 2024[31]
  • U18 represents an U18 squad player who has represented the U23s in the 2023-24 season.
  • U16 represents an U16 squad player (a non-scholar) who has represented the U23s in the 2023-24 season.
  • Squad numbers represent numbers given to players for first team and EFL Trophy matches only.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
36 DF Republic of Ireland IRL Sean Moore
37 DF Brazil BRA Luizão
40 MF England ENG George Earthy
42 DF England ENG Kaelan Casey
43 DF England ENG Regan Clayton
44 DF England ENG Junior Robinson
45 FW England ENG Divin Mubama
48 DF England ENG Sean Tarima
50 FW Northern Ireland NIR Callum Marshall
47 GK Hungary HUN Krisztián Hegyi
No. Pos. Nation Player
52 DF England ENG Billy Bates
53 FW England ENG Levi Laing
54 MF Northern Ireland NIR Patrick Kelly
56 FW England ENG Gideon Kodua
62 MF England ENG Freddie Potts
57 MF England ENG Oliver Scarles
58 MF England ENG Kamarai Simon-Swyer
61 MF England ENG Lewis Orford
65 DF Northern Ireland NIR Michael Forbes

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. Pos. Nation Player
46 GK England ENG Mason Terry (on loan at Hornchurch until 31 May 2025)

Under-18 team[edit]

The West Ham under-18's play in the U18 Premier League South. Home games are staged at Little Heath, Hainault Road in Romford, Essex. Tony Carr, a former West Ham player himself, was the youth academy director from 1973 to 2014.[32] They have won the U19 title twice in 1998–99 and 1999–2000, when the Academy League was split into the U17s and U21s.[33]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 June 2024[34]
  • U16 represents an U16 squad player (a non-scholar) who has represented the U18s in the 2023–24 season.
  • represents a player who represented the U18s in the 2023-24 season before later leaving the club.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
64 DF England ENG Ryan Battrum
66 MF England ENG Daniel Rigge
67 GK England ENG Finlay Herrick
68 MF England ENG Favour Fawunmi
69 MF England ENG Tyron Akpata
71 DF England ENG Ezra Mayers
72 MF England ENG Gabriel Caliste
74 MF England ENG Preston Fearon
75 DF England ENG Emeka Adeile
76 DF England ENG Jethro Medine
77 DF England ENG Ryan Oyebade
78 MF England ENG Elisha Sowunmi
79 GK England ENG Dondre Abraham
No. Pos. Nation Player
80 FW England ENG Riley Hargan
84 DF Northern Ireland NIR Josh Briggs
85 FW England ENG Mehmet Halin
86 FW England ENG Joshua Ajala
MF England ENG Chinaza Nwosu U16
MF England ENG Lanre Awesu U16
DF England ENG Airidas Golambeckis U16
MF England ENG Andre Dike U16
MF England ENG Aaron Kamara U16
MF England ENG Xavier Parker U16
DF Lithuania LTU Tomas Jonyla U16
MF England ENG Jonathan Unwin U16
GK England ENG Finley Hooper U16

Honours[edit]

Reserve Team/Under-21's[edit]

London League (1896–1960)

Football Combination (1919–2012)

Metropolitan League (1949–1971)

Pro Development League (since 2012)

South East Counties League

  • South-East County League: 1985, 1996, 1998[33]
  • South East Counties League Cup: 1967, 1969[44]

Academy Team[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Alongside West Ham's aforementioned representation in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, the club also produced Clyde Best, Ade Coker and Clive Charles through their academy - with the trio making Football League history, by becoming the first three black players to start a game in the competition. Coker scored the second in the game against Tottenham Hotspur, on 1 April 1972, securing a 2–0 win for West Ham.[47]

Internationally capped players (pre-2000)[edit]

Player Position West Ham appearances West Ham goals International caps International goals International representation Club debut Manager
Syd Puddefoot DF 308 207 2 0 England England Age 18 vs. Norwich City, Southern League, 1 March 1913 Syd King
Jim Barrett DF 553 70 1 0 England England Age 18 vs. Tottenham Hotspur, First Division, 28 March 1925 Syd King
Ken Brown DF 474 4 1 0 England England Age 19 vs. Rotherham United, Second Division, 21 February 1953 Ted Fenton
Bobby Moore DF 647 27 108 2 England England Age 17 vs. Manchester United, First Division, 8 September 1958 Ted Fenton
Geoff Hurst ST 503 249 49 24 England England Age 17 vs. Fulham, Southern Professional Floodlit Cup, 15 December 1958 Ted Fenton
Martin Peters MF 364 100 67 20 England England Age 18 vs. Cardiff City, First Division, 20 April 1962 Ron Greenwood
Trevor Brooking MF 643 102 47 5 England England Age 18 vs. Burnley, First Division, 29 August 1967 Ron Greenwood
Frank Lampard Senior DF 670 22 2 0 England England Age 19 vs. Manchester City, First Division, 18 November 1967 Ron Greenwood
Clyde Best ST 221 58 2 1 Bermuda Bermuda Age 18 vs. Arsenal, First Division, 25 August 1969 Ron Greenwood
Ade Coker ST 11 3 5 3 United States United States Age 17 vs. Crystal Palace, First Division, 30 October 1971 Ron Greenwood
Tony Cottee ST 336 146 7 0 England England Age 18 vs. Tottenham Hotspur, First Division, 1 January 1983 John Lyall
Paul Ince MF 95 12 53 2 England England Age 19 vs. Chelsea, Full Members' Cup, 25 November 1986 John Lyall
Frank Lampard MF 187 38 106 29 England England Age 17 vs. Coventry City, Premier League, 31 January 1996 Harry Redknapp
Rio Ferdinand DF 158 2 81 3 England England Age 17 vs. Sheffield Wednesday, Premier League, 5 May 1996 Harry Redknapp
Joe Cole MF 187 18 56 10 England England Age 17 vs. Swansea City, FA Cup, 2 January 1999 Harry Redknapp
Michael Carrick MF 159 6 34 0 England England Age 17 vs. Jokerit, Intertoto Cup, 24 July 1999 Harry Redknapp

First team graduates since 2000[edit]

Since the turn of the century, every permanent first team manager has enabled a player from West Ham's youth teams to represent the first team. The following table shows every player to have made at least one first team appearance in all competitions. Players highlighted in green are still contracted to West Ham.

Player Position West Ham appearances West Ham goals Current club Born International honours Debut Manager
Shaun Bryne DF 3 0 Retired England Taplow Republic of Ireland Ireland U21 Age 18 vs. Newcastle United, Premier League, 3 January 2000 Harry Redknapp
Jermain Defoe ST 105 41 Retired England Beckton England England Age 17 vs. Walsall, League Cup, 19 September 2000 Harry Redknapp
Grant McCann MF 4 0 England Doncaster Rovers (manager) Northern Ireland Belfast Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Age 21 vs. Middlesbrough, Premier League, 19 May 2001 Glenn Roeder
Richard Garcia FW 22 0 Retired Australia Perth Australia Australia Age 20 vs. Reading, League Cup, 11 September 2001 Glenn Roeder
Glen Johnson DF 16 0 Retired England Greenwich England England Age 18 vs. Charlton Athletic, Premier League, 22 January 2003 Glenn Roeder
Anton Ferdinand DF 163 5 Retired England Peckham England England U21 Age 18 vs. Preston North End, Championship, 9 August 2003 Glenn Roeder
Chris Cohen MF 22 0 Retired England Norwich Age 16 vs. Sunderland, Championship, 13 December 2003 Alan Pardew
Trent McClenahan MF 3 0 Retired Australia Chipping Norton Australia Australia U23 Age 19 vs. Crewe Alexandra, Championship, 21 August 2004 Alan Pardew
Mark Noble MF 550 62 England West Ham United (sporting director) England Canning Town England England U21 Age 17 vs. Southend United, League Cup, 24 August 2004 Alan Pardew
Elliott Ward DF 21 0 England West Ham United (academy coach) England Harrow Age 19 vs. Southend United, League Cup, 24 August 2004 Alan Pardew
Hogan Ephraim FW 1 0 Retired England Archway England England U19 Age 17 vs. Sheffield Wednesday, League Cup, 20 September 2005 Alan Pardew
Tony Stokes FW 1 0 Retired England Bethnal Green Age 18 vs. Sheffield Wednesday, League Cup, 20 September 2005 Alan Pardew
Kyel Reid FW 9 1 England Rayners Lane England Deptford Age 18 vs. West Bromwich Albion, Premier League, 1 May 2006 Alan Pardew
Jack Collison MF 121 14 Retired England Watford Wales Wales Age 19 vs. Arsenal, Premier League, 1 January 2008 Alan Curbishley
Freddie Sears FW 58 3 England Braintree Town England Hornchurch England England U21 Age 18 vs. Blackburn Rovers, Premier League, 15 March 2008 Alan Curbishley
James Tomkins DF 243 11 England Crystal Palace England Basildon United Kingdom Great Britain Age 18 vs. Everton, Premier League, 22 March 2008 Alan Curbishley
Zavon Hines FW 31 3 England West Ham United (youth coach) Jamaica Kingston England England U21 Age 19 vs. Macclesfield Town, League Cup, 27 August 2008 Alan Curbishley
Junior Stanislas FW 47 8 Retired England Kidbrooke England England U21 Age 19 vs. West Bromwich Albion, Premier League, 16 March 2009 Gianfranco Zola
Josh Payne MF 3 0 England Beaconsfield Town England Basingstoke England England C Age 18 vs. Blackburn Rovers, Premier League, 21 March 2009 Gianfranco Zola
Bondz N'Gala DF 1 0 Retired England Forest Gate Age 20 vs. Bolton Wanderers, League Cup, 22 September 2009 Gianfranco Zola
Anthony Edgar MF 2 0 England Ashford United England Newham Age 19 vs. Arsenal, FA Cup, 3 January 2010 Gianfranco Zola
Jordan Spence DF 10 0 Retired England Woodford England England U21 Age 19 vs. Manchester City, FA Cup, 9 May 2010 Gianfranco Zola
Marek Štěch GK 3 0 Czech Republic Ligmet Milín Czech Republic Prague Czech Republic Czech Republic Age 20 vs. Oxford United, League Cup, 24 August 2010 Avram Grant
Callum McNaughton DF 1 0 Retired England Harlow Age 19 vs. Aldershot Town, League Cup, 24 August 2011 Sam Allardyce
Dan Potts DF 13 0 England Luton Town England Barking England England U20 Age 17 vs. Barnsley, Championship, 17 December 2011 Sam Allardyce
Robert Hall FW 7 0 England Hampton & Richmond Borough England Aylesbury England England U19 Age 18 vs. Derby County, Championship, 31 December 2011 Sam Allardyce
Matthias Fanimo MF 3 0 England Ebbsfleet United England Lambeth England England U18 Age 18 vs. Crewe Alexandra, League Cup, 28 August 2012 Sam Allardyce
George Moncur MF 2 0 England Leyton Orient England Swindon England England U18 Age 19 vs. Crewe Alexandra, League Cup, 28 August 2012 Sam Allardyce
Dylan Tombides ST 1 0 Australia Perth Australia Australia U23 Age 18 vs. Wigan Athletic, League Cup, 25 September 2012 Sam Allardyce
Elliot Lee ST 7 1 Wales Wrexham England Durham Age 18 vs. Manchester United, FA Cup, 16 January 2013 Sam Allardyce
Leo Chambers DF 3 0 Retired England Brixton England England U19 Age 18 vs. Cheltenham Town, League Cup, 27 August 2013 Sam Allardyce
Reece Burke DF 15 1 England Luton Town England Newham England England U20 Age 17 vs. Nottingham Forest, FA Cup, 5 January 2014 Sam Allardyce
Callum Driver DF 1 0 Free agent England Sidcup Age 21 vs. Nottingham Forest, FA Cup, 5 January 2014 Sam Allardyce
Sebastian Lletget MF 1 0 United States FC Dallas United States San Francisco United States United States Age 20 vs. Nottingham Forest, FA Cup, 5 January 2014 Sam Allardyce
Blair Turgott MF 1 0 Sweden BK Häcken England Bromley Jamaica Jamaica Age 19 vs. Nottingham Forest, FA Cup, 5 January 2014 Sam Allardyce
Josh Cullen MF 10 0 England Burnley England Westcliff-on-Sea Republic of Ireland Ireland Age 19 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 2 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Reece Oxford DF 17 0 Germany Augsburg England Edmonton England England U20 Age 16 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 2 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Lewis Page DF 3 0 England Dagenham & Redbrige England Enfield Age 19 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 2 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Djair Parfitt-Williams ST 2 0 Greece Makedonikos Bermuda Hamilton Bermuda Bermuda Age 18 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 2 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Amos Nasha MF 1 0 England Hayes & Yeading United England Finchley Age 19 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 9 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Jordan Brown FW 1 0 Free agent England Brent England England U17 Age 18 vs. Astra Giurgiu, Europa League, 6 August 2015 Slaven Bilić
Kyle Knoyle DF 1 0 England Stockport County England Newham England England U18 Age 18 vs. Astra Giurgiu, Europa League, 6 August 2015 Slaven Bilić
Marcus Browne MF 1 0 England Oxford United England Tower Hamlets Age 18 vs. Astra Giurgiu, Europa League, 18 August 2016 Slaven Bilić
Declan Rice MF 245 15 England Arsenal England Kingston upon Thames England England Age 18 vs. Burnley, Premier League, 21 May 2017 Slaven Bilić
Conor Coventry MF 10 0 England Charlton Athletic England Waltham Forest Republic of Ireland Ireland U21 Age 18 vs. Macclesfield Town, League Cup, 26 August 2018 Manuel Pellegrini
Grady Diangana MF 21 2 England West Bromwich Albion Democratic Republic of the Congo Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of the Congo DR Congo Age 20 vs. Macclesfield Town, League Cup, 26 August 2018 Manuel Pellegrini
Joe Powell MF 1 0 England Rotherham United England Canning Town Age 19 vs. Macclesfield Town, League Cup, 26 August 2018 Manuel Pellegrini
Ben Johnson DF 109 2 England West Ham United England Waltham Forest England England U21 Age 19 vs. Manchester City, Premier League, 27 February 2019 Manuel Pellegrini
Jeremy Ngakia DF 5 0 England Watford England Deptford Age 19 vs. Liverpool, Premier League, 29 January 2020 David Moyes
Harrison Ashby DF 7 0 England Newcastle United England Milton Keynes Scotland Scotland U21 Age 18 vs. Charlton Athletic, League Cup, 15 September 2020 David Moyes
Aji Alese DF 2 0 England Sunderland England Islington England England U20 Age 19 vs. Hull City, League Cup, 21 September 2020 David Moyes
Emmanuel Longelo MF 2 0 EnglandBirmingham City England Barking Age 19 vs. Hull City, League Cup, 21 September 2020 David Moyes
Ademipo Odubeko FW 2 0 Marítimo Republic of Ireland Dublin Republic of Ireland Ireland U21 Age 18 vs. Stockport County, FA Cup, 11 January 2021 David Moyes
Nathan Trott GK 1 0 England West Ham United Bermuda Bermuda England England U20 Age 22 vs. Doncaster Rovers, FA Cup, 23 January 2021 David Moyes
Jamal Baptiste DF 2 0 Free agent England Redbridge England England U19 Age 17 vs. Doncaster Rovers, FA Cup, 23 January 2021 David Moyes
Daniel Chesters MF 2 0 England Salford City England Hitchin Age 19 vs. Genk, Europa League, 22 October 2021 David Moyes
Sonny Perkins FW 3 0 England Leeds United England Waltham Forest England England U18 Age 17 vs. Rapid Wien, Europa League, 25 November 2021 David Moyes
Keenan Forson MF 2 0 Free agent England Greenwich Age 20 vs. Dinamo Zagreb, Europa League, 9 December 2021 David Moyes
Freddie Potts MF 3 0 England West Ham United England Barking Age 18 vs. Dinamo Zagreb, Europa League, 9 December 2021 David Moyes
Oliver Scarles MF 1 0 England West Ham United England Bromley England England U17 Age 16 vs. FCSB, Europa Conference League, 3 November 2022 David Moyes
Divin Mubama FW 18 1 England West Ham United England Newham England England U20 Age 18 vs. FCSB, Europa Conference League, 3 November 2022 David Moyes
Kaelan Casey DF 2 0 England West Ham United England Brentwood England England U20 Age 18 vs. FCSB, Europa Conference League, 3 November 2022 David Moyes
Kamarai Simon-Swyer MF 1 0 England West Ham United England Redbridge Age 19 vs. FCSB, Europa Conference League, 3 November 2022 David Moyes
Levi Laing DF 1 0 England West Ham United England Kingston upon Thames England England U16 Age 19 vs. AEK Larnaca, Europa Conference League, 16 March 2023 David Moyes
George Earthy MF 4 1 England West Ham United England Havering England England U16 Age 19 vs. Freiburg, Europa League, 14 March 2024 David Moyes

Other players[edit]

These players either trained at the academy but never played for West Ham first team or trained at multiple clubs in their youth. Only permanent spells are shown.

  • Sol Campbell made his debut at Tottenham Hotspur in 1992, and became a regular England player in the late 1990s. In 2001, when his contract ran out, he joined Arsenal. Campbell was a regular player for club and country, and has won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup three times while with Arsenal. He was named in the official Euro 2004 All-Star squad by the UEFA technical group.
Career: 1992–2011; Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Notts County, Newcastle United
International caps: 73 caps, 1 goal ( England)
  • John Terry was schooled by both West Ham's and Chelsea's youth teams at different times. His debut for Chelsea was in 1998 and became captain of the side in the 2003/2004 season. The following season he helped Chelsea set a new record, the side having conceded only 14 goals in the entire league season. He was also voted PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2005.
Career: 1998–2018; Chelsea, Aston Villa
International caps: 78 caps, 8 goals ( England)
  • Kieran Richardson started with the West Ham youth academy but was picked up by Manchester United's youth academy as a teenager.
Career: 2002–2016; Manchester United, Sunderland, Fulham, Aston Villa, Cardiff City
International caps: 8 caps, 2 goals ( England)
Career: 2002–2015; Grays Athletic, Southend United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Coventry City
International caps: 11 caps, 4 goals ( Wales)
Career: 2002–2015; Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Esteghlal, Paykan, Egerton
International caps: 2 caps, 0 goals ( Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Fitz Hall was released by West Ham at the age of 15, initially playing in non-league and the lower leagues, before signing for Southampton in 2004. Hall later signed for Crystal Palace, captaining the club. Hall signed for Queens Park Rangers in 2008, making 85 league appearances for the club. Hall retired in 2014, following a two-year spell with Watford.
Career: 2000–2014; Barnet, Chesham United, Oldham Athletic, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Watford
  • Billy Mehmet was signed at the age of 8 years old and remained at the club until he was 19 years of age. During his time at West Ham, Mehmet was given his debut by Harry Redknapp at the age of 16 during a testimonial game. Mehmet was seen as the academies next promising graduate and was rewarded by being handed the captaincy of the reserve and youth team. Mehmet was released by the club at 19 years old by the then manager Glenn Roeder after the club was relegated. He then transferred to Dunfermline Athletic in the SPL, before moving onto St Mirren. After his time in Scotland, Mehmet later played in Turkey, Australia, Thailand, India and Singapore. Mehmet represented Northern Cyprus at the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup.
Career: 2003–; Dunfermline Athletic, St Mirren, Gençlerbirliği, Samsunspor, Perth Glory, Bangkok Glass, Dempo, Kedah FA, Sarawak FA, Tampines Rovers, DPMM, Merit Alsancak Yeşilova
International caps: 5 caps, 4 goals ( Northern Cyprus)
  • Jimmy Bullard began his senior career in non-league, after playing in the youth set-up at West Ham, before re-signing for West Ham. After two years at the club, without making an appearance, Bullard signed for Peterborough United. Bullard won promotion to the Premier League with Wigan Athletic. Bullard spent a total of six seasons in the Premier League, with Wigan, Fulham and Hull City
Career: 1997–2012: Corinthian, Dartford, Gravesend & Northfleet, Peterborough United, Wigan Athletic, Fulham, Hull City, Ipswich Town, Milton Keynes Dons
Career: 2012–: Wycombe Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa

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