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Bolton Wanderers F.C. Reserves and Academy

They participate in the Manchester Senior Cup, although in recent years the teams entered in this competition have featured an increasing number of youth players.

Bolton Wanderers Development Squad
Full name Bolton Wanderers F.C. Development Squad
Nickname(s) The Trotters
Founded 1874 (as Christ Church FC)
Ground County Ground
Manager England David Lee (Under-23s) & England Jimmy Phillips (Under-18s)
League Professional U23 Development League 2

Professional U23 Development League 2, 3rd
Professional U18 Development League 2, 4th
Current season

Bolton Wanderers Development Squad play their home games at the County Ground in Leyland, the home ground of the Lancashire F.A.

Notable graduates of the squad include former captain Kevin Nolan.


The AcademyEdit

The Bolton Wanderers Academy was established in 1998 and is based at the club and the main training ground. It replaced the older, more informal youth system, and enabled the club to focus their youth development and scouting, employing new techniques and FA standards.

It is overseen by former Bolton Wanderers F.C. player Jimmy Phillips. It provides a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Bolton Wanderers.

Scouts attend many local youth matches looking for talented boys. A boy will then be invited to attend training sessions at the Academy. They are taken in as young as the age of eight. At this age, the boys start by simply attending after-school training sessions, but as they reach their middle-teens, their academic needs will be taken over by the Academy if they are deemed athletically talented enough.

Between the ages of eight and twelve the boys play in eight-a-side games of three twenty-minute periods. It allows the boys to play as defenders or as attackers in small groups within a system and is not as physically demanding as playing eleven-a-side matches.

The first player to graduate from the Academy to the first team was the former club captain, Kevin Nolan who had previously been on the youth books of Liverpool. He has since been followed into the first team by Joey O'Brien, Ricardo Vaz Tê, Nicky Hunt. Josh Vela, Zach Clough and Rob Holding amongst others.

In December 2012, the Bolton Academy was awarded Elite status by the Premier League.[1]

In June 2015, it was announced that the club had sought to downgrade from a Category One status in order to save money.[2]


Development SquadEdit

The following players are expected to play for the Bolton development squad during the 2017–18 Professional Development League, League 2 (North Division). They will compete in the league along with Barnsley, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Millwall, Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford.[3]

Three players over the age of 23 and players from the U18 side are also eligible to play in these fixtures and the games will usually take place on a Monday afternoon or evening. Furthermore, at least two of the club's development fixtures must be played at the Macron Stadium as per FA rules introduced in 2012. In the case of the current season of 2017-18, there will be five matches scheduled to take place at the Macron Stadium and the rest of the home fixtures will take place at the County Ground, home of the Lancashire F.A..

In August 2016, the U21 side was renamed as the U23 side, after a consultation involving all 31 clubs in the Professional Development League 2, voted in favour of the new age parameters.[4]

The development squad is managed by former Bolton midfielder David Lee after he was promoted to the role ahead of the 2016-17 season.[5]

As of 1 August 2017[6] Squad Numbers refer to players' first team squad number (for season 2017–18), where applicable. Reserve and youth games are 1–11.

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

No. Position Player
34   MF Jeff King
35   FW Connor Hall
36   FW Harry Brockbank
38   MF Jack Earing
39   GK Jake Turner
41   MF Ryan White
No. Position Player
42   DF Cole Lonsdale
-   DF Liam Edwards
  DF Adam Mitchell
-   DF Liam Morris
-   DF Joe Muscatt

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player


Managerial HistoryEdit

Reserves/Development SquadEdit

Youth Team/AcademyEdit

Academy (Under-18s)Edit

As of July 2016.[7]

Name Position Date of Birth Nationality
James Aspinall Goalkeeper (1999-09-20) 20 September 1999 (age 18)  
Matthew Barnes Defender  
Jordan Boon Defender  
Max Broughton Defender  
Luca Connell Midfielder  
Ronan Darcy Striker  
Myles Edmondson Defender  
Matthew Fearnley Striker  
Shakeel Griffiths-Jones Midfielder  
William Hartshorne Defender  
Brandon Lee Defender  
Cameron Moore Striker  
Ted Moulden Midfielder  
Luca Navarro Striker  
Dennis Politic Striker (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 18)  
Laurence Smith Midfielder  


In addition, the reserves and academy employ staff from the first-team.



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