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West Ham United F.C. Reserves and Academy

The West Ham United Academy is recognised as one of the most successful academies in modern football, hence its nickname the Academy of Football.[1] The introduction of the FA's new Academy system in 1998 has placed even more emphasis on the developing 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 top flight to continue producing and playing homegrown English players.

The Academy has notably produced England internationals Bobby Moore, Sir Trevor Brooking, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Kieran Richardson, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson.[3][4] Ferdinand and Lampard were part of the squad that lost the final of the 1996 FA Youth Cup while Cole and Carrick were part of the successful team in the 1999 campaign. Most recent graduates include first team regulars former England U-21 captain Mark Noble, Wales international Jack Collison and England U-21 internationals James Tomkins, Junior Stanislas and Zavon Hines.[5]

Development Squad

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 Ian Hendon.[6] Friendly games were usually played at Chadwell Heath and other clubs training grounds.

Since the 2012–13 season, the team have played in the Professional Development League for players under the age of 21 and a restricted number of over age players.[7] Home games will be played at Rush Green, Romford shared with Grays Athletic.[8]

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
29 Switzerland GK Raphael Spiegel
32 England FW Elliot Lee
34 England MF George Moncur
35 United States MF Sebastian Lletget
37 England DF Leo Chambers
38 Australia FW Dylan Tombides
40 England MF Matthias Fanimo
England GK Sam Baxter
England DF Callum Driver
No. Position Player
England DF Amos Nasha
England DF Frazer Shaw
England MF Kieran Bywater
England MF Danny Whitehead
England FW Jordan Brown
England FW Paul McCallum
Republic of Ireland FW Sean Maguire
Republic of Ireland FW Kieran Sadlier

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
27 England DF Danny Potts (at Portsmouth)
33 England MF Pelly Ruddock (at Luton Town)
No. Position Player
England DF Jordan Spence (at Milton Keynes Dons)
England MF Blair Turgott (at Colchester United)

'A' team

Between 1948 and 1956 West Ham entered an 'A' team into the Eastern Counties League.[9] 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.[9]

Academy

see main article the Academy of Football

The West Ham Under-18s play in the Premier Academy League Group A. Home games are staged at Little Heath, Hainault Road in Romford, Essex. Tony Carr, a former West Ham player himself, has been the youth academy director since 1973.[10] They have won the U-19 title twice in 1998–99 and 1999-00, when the Academy League was split into the U-17s and U-21s.

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
Spain GK Gines Guzman
England GK Sam Howes
Czech Republic GK Vit Nemrava
England MF Kieran Bywater
England DF Rob Girdlestone
England DF Manny Onariase
England DF Lewis Page
England DF Jamie Harney
England DF Courtney Homans
England DF Nathan Mavila
England MF Josh Cullen
England MF Nana Boakye-Yiadom
No. Position Player
England MF Moses Makasi
England MF Taylor Miles
Bermuda MF Djair Parfitt-Williams
England MF Ben Marlow
England MF Dymon Labonne
England MF Thomas Gogo
England FW Jerry Amoo
Portugal FW Marcio Martins
Australia FW Taylor Tombides
England FW Kyle Knoyle
Sweden FW Rinor Nushi

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