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Manchester City F.C. Reserves and Academy

MCFC Elite Development Squad
Manchester City crest
Full name Manchester City Elite Development Squad
Nickname(s) The Citizens, The Blues, City
Ground Ewen Fields
Hyde, Greater Manchester, England
Ground Capacity 4,250 - 550 seated
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager Patrick Vieira
League NextGen series and Under 21 Premier League
Group Stages
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Manchester City is represented at Reserve level for football by the Elite Development Squad, also referred to as just the Elite Squad,[1] or EDS, a predominantly 'Under-21' side that replaced the previous (more senior) Reserve team in a move to focus on youth development post-academy. The club is represented at the 'Under-18' level by the Manchester City Academy team.

Elite Development Squad

The Elite Development Squad[2] from season 2012–13 plays in the Under 21 Premier League[3] and previously played in the Premier Reserve League North. Starting with the 2011–12 season, the EDS competed in the NextGen Series competition,[4] a Champions League format tournament only open to a select group of 'Under-19' teams located in western Europe.[5] The NextGen Series organisers invited the 16 teams competing in the inaugural season of this new competition based on which clubs were considered to have the best academies in Europe.[6] The EDS will continue to play fixtures in both the Manchester Senior Cup and Lancashire Senior Cup plus several other matches and tournaments such as the Central League Cup.

Manchester City have fielded a reserve team since 1892, when the reserves played in the Lancashire Combination. The reserves were champions of the Lancashire Combination in 1901–02.[7] The club left the Lancashire Combination in 1911 to join the Central League upon its formation. The City reserve team then played in the Central League until 2000, winning it on three occasions in the 1977–78, 1986–87 and 1999–2000 seasons. In 2006 the club re-entered the Central League – now the Pontin's League (West) – but this time in order to provide games for the 'Under-17' age group of players.

Home ground

The EDS currently plays all of its home fixtures at Ewen Fields in a groundshare arrangement with Hyde F.C. That is part of a much more comprehensive club partnership arrangement currently in place between Manchester City and Hyde.[8]

NextGen Series

The NextGen Series is an international football tournament like no other, where twenty-four of the world’s best football clubs showcase their stars of the future in an exciting international knockout competition. The NextGen Series heralds a thrilling new era in competitive football, featuring the next generation of world-class players who have been trained and nurtured by some of the greatest clubs in Europe. The Tournament gives players and their clubs the chance to take part in a challenging international competition, culminating in a Final to win the coveted NextGen Series Trophy. It kicked off on August 17th 2011 and includes famous clubs such as Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter, Manchester City, Sporting Lisbon and Liverpool, producers of stars such as Messi, Ronaldo and Gerrard. The opening season saw Inter emerge champions after beating Ajax in a thrilling penalty shoot-out. For football fans the tournament is a great chance to watch young players in the making and to experience the new football stars of the future. The twenty-four clubs are divided into six groups of four, where each club will contest a home and an away fixture against each group member. Many of these fixtures will be taking place in their first team stadiums, such as Celtic Park, Estádio José Alvalade, Anfield and Villa Park. The top two teams from each group and the four teams finishing 3rd who have amassed the most points will enter the knock-out stages. These will be played over one leg, with each winner progressing to the next round, culminating in the Final. There will also be a 3rd/4th place play-off.

Squad numbers

The squad numbers depicted for the EDS players in this article are MCFC first team squad numbers - which means that these are the shirt numbers that the EDS players will wear if and when team-sheeted to play for the MCFC first team in either a friendly or competitive game. The MCFC official first team squad consists of about 40 players, which is why the EDS players' squad numbers start in the region of the high thirties.

The MCFC first team squad numbers are normally assigned and published in late July during the close season and they remain constant for the entire duration of the upcoming season (meaning that a squad number that is assigned to a player in the close season who subsequently wears that number in a competitive match, but who later leaves the club during that same season, will NOT be assigned to another player during the remainder of that season).

Current squad

[9][10] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
38 Belgium DF Dedryck Boyata
43 England FW Alex Nimely
51 England MF Adam Drury
52 Wales MF Emyr Huws
54 England DF Kieran Kennedy
55 Slovakia MF Albert Rusnák
56 England MF George Glendon
58 Republic of Ireland GK Ian Lawlor
59 England MF Louis Hutton
63 Norway GK Eirik Holmen Johansen
64 Portugal MF Marcos Lopes
67 Austria MF Sinan Bytyqi
No. Position Player
68 England FW Jordy Hiwula
72 Belgium DF Mathias Bossaerts
73 England DF Shay Facey
74 England FW Devante Cole
77 England DF Greg Leigh
78 England DF Ellis Plummer
79 England DF Ashley Smith-Brown
80 France MF Jules Ntcham
84 England MF Dominic McHale
85 Spain FW José Pozo
88 England GK Angus Gunn

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
44 Netherlands DF Karim Rekik (at PSV Eindhoven until 31 May 2014)
47 England FW Harry Bunn (at Sheffield United until 2 October 2013)
49 Italy FW Luca Scapuzzi (at Siena until 30 June 2014)
50 Norway MF Abdisalam Ibrahim (at Strømsgodset IF until 1 January 2014)
53 England MF Alex Henshall (at Bristol Rovers until 14 November 2013)
70 England MF George Evans (at Crewe Alexandra until 3 February 2013)
86 England DF George Swan (at Sheffield Wednesday until 19 October 2013)
No. Position Player
Ghana DF Razak Nuhu (at Strømsgodset IF until 1 January 2014)
Ghana DF Dominic Oduro (at Aarhus GF until 1 January 2014)
Ghana MF Bismark Adjei-Boateng (at Strømsgodset IF until 1 January 2014)
Ghana MF Thomas Agyiri (at Turun Palloseura until 26 October 2013)
Ghana MF Enock Kwakwa (at Strømsgodset IF until 1 January 2014)
Ghana FW Godsway Donyoh (at Djurgårdens IF until 1 January 2014)

Reserve/EDS Manager history

Manager From To Honours
England Tony Book 1986 1996 1987 Central League
Scotland Asa Hartford 1996 2004 2000 Central League, 2001 Manchester Senior Cup
England Steve Wigley 2004 2006 2005 Manchester Senior Cup
England Frankie Bunn 2006 2007
Wales Kenny Jackett 2007 2007 2007 Manchester Senior Cup
Scotland Ian Miller 2007 2008 2008 Central League
Wales Glyn Hodges 2008 2009
England Andy Welsh 2009 2012 2010 Manchester Senior Cup
Italy Attilio Lombardo 2012 2013
France Patrick Vieira 2013 present

Academy

MCFC Academy
Manchester City crest
Full name Manchester City Academy
Nickname(s) The Citizens, The Blues, City
Ground Platt Lane, Fallowfield,
Greater Manchester, England
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager Jason Wilcox
League Premier Academy League
2010–11 Season Fourth (Group C)
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Manchester City's Academy is responsible for youth development at the club, with the goal of developing young players for the future. The academy is one of the most revered in the country and since its new incarnation in 1998 it has produced more professional players than any other Premier League club.[11] To date, the club has produced 15 graduates who have received full international call-ups from their various countries; 14 that have represented their respective countries at the 'Under-21' or 'Under-20' level; 35 who have progressed on to become City first team players at some point; and more than 60 that are currently playing professional league football.[11] Carrington is responsible for such graduates as Micah Richards, Michael Johnson, QPR's Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips, Aston Villa's Stephen Ireland, Fulham's Dickson Etuhu and Stoke City's Glenn Whelan.

History

The club's first youth team was set up by Albert Alexander in the 1920s,[12] known as the 'A' Team. From 1951 the 'A' team competed in the Lancashire League against reserve and youth teams of other clubs from North West England. From 1955 a second youth team, the 'B' team, typically comprising younger players than the 'A' team, competed in Division Two of the Lancashire League.

Youth football in England was restructured by the Football Association in 1997, with the introduction of the Academy system. Current International Youth Academy Director Jim Cassell joined from Oldham Athletic in July 1997 and was responsible for building Manchester City's youth structure, which gained Academy accreditation in 1998.

In its new incarnation, the 'A' and 'B' teams were replaced with 'Under-19' and 'Under-17' teams, which competed in the FA Premier Youth League. Since gaining FA approval the Academy has produced 35 first team players, 15 of whom have gained full international honours, including England internationals Shaun Wright-Phillips, Micah Richards and Joey Barton. The academy not only produces players for Manchester City but also players that have the talent to make the grade elsewhere, with players such as Glenn Whelan building a successful career at Sheffield Wednesday and now Stoke City and Dickson Etuhu similarly making his career at Fulham.

The Academy is based at Platt Lane in Fallowfield, which is the former first team training base before they moved to Carrington Training Centre in 2000. Platt Lane has two full 11-a-side grass pitches where the 'Under-18's play their Academy league games, one 11-a-side synthetic astroturf grass pitch, two covered synthetic astroturf grass domes and one uncovered synthetic astroturf grass. The club's academy teams from 'Under-8' through 'Under-18' also train at Platt Lane on weekdays after school. The 'Under-8' through 'Under-15' teams play their academy games at the first team's training base at Carrington on Sunday mornings.

Present day

Since the club was taken over in September 2008, with extra capital and increased ambitions the club looked to expand their successful academy further afield[13] and City in the Community programme in Manchester. In 2010, the Platt Lane complex was upgraded to include new facilities, such as a gym, changing rooms, as well as office and seminar space[14] The club also launched an instructional video website aimed at helping the new skills of prospective footballers[15]

Squad numbers

The squad numbers (if any) depicted for the Academy players in this article are MCFC first team squad numbers - which means that these are the shirt numbers that the Academy players will wear if and when team-sheeted to play for the MCFC first team in either a friendly or competitive game. When these players represent the MCFC Academy team in this season's Premier Academy League fixtures they wear shirt numbers assigned exclusively to the Academy players.

Current squad

As explained for the EDS player roster above, dual-squad players listed on the Academy roster below are identified with an asterisk.

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

No. Position Player
England GK Angus Gunn
England GK Billy O'Brien
England GK Charlie Albinson
England DF Ashley Smith-Brown
Wales DF Sam Jones
England DF Nathaniel Oseni
England DF Tosin Adarabioyo
Wales DF Sam Tattum
Spain DF Pablo Becerra
England DF Yvan Wassi
Switzerland MF Daniel Lema Traba
England MF Tom Holland
England MF Kean Bryan
No. Position Player
France MF Thierry Ambrose
Portugal MF Wato Kuate
Spain MF Angelino
Spain MF Manu Garcia
England MF James Horsfield
Republic of Ireland MF Jack Byrne
England MF James Hardy
England MF Brandon Barker
Albania FW Bersant Celina
England FW Joe Nuttall
England FW Denzeil Boadu
England FW David Brooks
England FW Aaron Nemane

Academy Manager history

Manager From To Honours
Scotland Neil McNab 1994 1997
England Jim Cassell 1997 2009 2008 Youth Cup
England Steve Eyre 2009 2011
England Adam Sadler 2011 2013
England Jason Wilcox 2013 present

Academy graduates (1998–present)

Academy graduates who still play for Manchester City, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are highlighted in green.
Updated 28 May 2013
Player Current Club Born International Honours Debut Manager
Shaun Wright-Phillips England Queens Park Rangers England London Full England Caps Age 17 v Burnley, 24 August 1999[16] Joe Royle
Terry Dunfield Free agent Canada Vancouver Full Canada Caps Age 19 v Chelsea, 11 May 2001[17]
Chris Shuker England Port Vale England Liverpool Age 19 v Notts County, 11 September 2001[18] Kevin Keegan
Dickson Etuhu England Blackburn Rovers Nigeria Kano Full Nigeria Caps Age 19 v Birmingham City, 15 September 2001[19]
Leon Mike Retired England Manchester Age 19 v Portsmouth, 16 November 2001[20]
Chris Killen China Chongqing New Zealand Wellington Full New Zealand Caps Age 20 v Rotherham United, 24 November 2001[21]
Tyrone Mears England Bolton Wanderers England Manchester Full Jamaican Caps Age 19 v Nottingham Forest, 30 March 2002[22]
Joey Barton France Marseille England Liverpool Full England Cap Age 21 v Bolton Wanderers, 5 April 2003[23]
Stephen Jordan England Fleetwood Town England Liverpool Age 21 v Bolton Wanderers, 5 April 2003[24]
Willo Flood Scotland Dundee United Republic of Ireland Dublin Ireland U21 Age 18 v The New Saints, 28 August 2003[25]
Glenn Whelan England Stoke City Republic of Ireland Dublin Full Ireland Caps Age 19 v The New Saints, 28 August 2003[26]
Stephen Elliott Free agent Republic of Ireland Dublin Full Ireland Caps Age 20 v Bolton Wanderers, 21 February 2004[27]
Bradley Wright-Phillips United States New York Red Bulls England London England U20 Age 19 v Barnsley, 21 September 2004[28]
Nedum Onouha England Queens Park Rangers Nigeria Warri England U21 Age 18 v Arsenal, 24 October 2004[29]
Jonathan D'Laryea England North Ferriby United England Manchester Age 19 v Arsenal, 24 October 2004[30]
Lee Croft Free agent England Manchester England U20 Age 19 v Bolton Wanderers, 7 March 2005[31]
Stephen Ireland England Aston Villa Republic of Ireland Cork Full Ireland Caps Age 19 v Bolton Wanderers, 18 September 2005[32] Stuart Pearce
Micah Richards England Manchester City England Birmingham Full England Caps Age 17 v Arsenal, 22 October 2005[33]
Ishmael Miller England Nottingham Forest England Manchester England U21 Age 19 v Wigan Athletic, 18 March 2006[34]
Michael Johnson Retired England Manchester England U21 Age 18 v Wigan Athletic, 21 October 2006[35]
Daniel Sturridge England Liverpool England Birmingham Full England Caps Age 17 v Reading, 3 February 2007[36]
Kasper Schmeichel England Leicester City Denmark Copenhagen Full Denmark Caps Age 19 v West Ham United, 11 August 2007[37] Sven-Göran Eriksson
Shaleum Logan England Brentford England Manchester Age 19 v Bristol City, 29 August 2007[38]
Kelvin Etuhu England Barnsley Nigeria Kano Age 19 v Norwich City, 25 September 2007[39]
Ched Evans Free agent Wales Rhyl Full Wales Caps Age 18 v Norwich City, 25 September 2007[40]
Sam Williamson Free agent England Manchester Age 20 v Portsmouth, 20 April 2008[41]
Vladimír Weiss Greece Olympiacos Slovakia Bratislava Full Slovakia Caps Age 19 v Bolton Wanderers, 24 May 2009[42] Mark Hughes
Dedryck Boyata England Manchester City Belgium Brussels Full Belgium Caps Age 19 v Middlesbrough, 2 January 2010[43] Roberto Mancini
Abdisalam Ibrahim Norway Strømsgodset (loan) Somalia Mogadishu Norway U21 Age 18 v Scunthorpe United, 24 January 2010[44]
Greg Cunningham England Bristol City Republic of Ireland Galway Full Ireland Caps Age 18 v Scunthorpe United, 24 January 2010[45]
Alex Nimely England Manchester City Liberia Monrovia Liberia U20 / England U20 Age 18 v Burnley, 3 April 2010[46]
Javan Vidal England Rochdale England Manchester England U20 Age 21 v West Bromwich Albion, 22 September 2010[47]
Ben Mee England Burnley England Manchester England U21 Age 20 v West Bromwich Albion, 22 September 2010[48]
John Guidetti England Manchester City Sweden Stockholm Full Sweden Caps Age 18 v West Bromwich Albion, 22 September 2010[49]
Chris Chantler England Carlisle United England Manchester Age 20 v Juventus, 16 December 2010[50]
Abdul Razak Russia Anzhi Makhachkala Ivory Coast Abidjan Full Ivory Coast Caps Age 18 v West Bromwich Albion, 5 February 2011
Ryan McGivern Scotland Hibernian Northern Ireland Newry Full Northern Ireland Caps Age 21 v Sunderland, 3 April 2011[51]
Reece Wabara England Manchester City England Birmingham England U20 Age 19 v Bolton Wanderers, 22 May 2011[52]
Karim Rekik Netherlands PSV Eindhoven (loan) Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands U20 Age 16 v Birmingham City, 21 September 2011
Luca Scapuzzi England Manchester City Italy Milan Age 20 v Birmingham City, 21 September 2011
Denis Suárez Spain Barcelona Spain Vigo Spain U19 European Championship winner Age 17 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 26 October 2011
Jérémy Hélan England Sheffield Wednesday France Paris France U19 Age 20 v Aston Villa, 25 September 2012
Marcos Lopes England Manchester City Brazil Belém de Maria Portugal U19 Age 17 v Watford, 5 January 2013

Honours

Elite Development Squad

  • Manchester Senior Cup
    • Winners (21): 1901, 1903 (shared), 1907, 1911, 1928, 1929, 1932, 1933, 1949, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2010

Academy


References

External links

  • Manchester City official website - Academy
  • Manchester City Official website - Cityecademy
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