Chelsea F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Chelsea F.C. Under-23s are the under-23 team of Chelsea Football Club. They play in the Premier League 2, which is the top level of reserve football in England. They were the champions in the 2013–14 season. The team mainly consists of under-21 players at the club, although senior players occasionally have an appearance, for instance when they are recovering from injury. The under-23 team is managed by Andy Myers and the under-18 team is managed by Ed Brand.

Chelsea U-23 and Academy
Chelsea FC.svg
Full nameChelsea Football Club Under-23s and Academy
Nickname(s)The Blues
The Young Blues
GroundKingsmeadow
Cobham Training Centre
Stamford Bridge
Capacity4,850 (Kingsmeadow)
40,853 (Stamford Bridge)
OwnerRoman Abramovich
ChairmanBruce Buck
ManagerAndy Myers (U23)
Ed Brand (U18)
LeaguePremier League 2 (under-23s)
U18 Premier League (academy)

Chelsea F.C. Academy is the under-18 team of Chelsea Football Club. It is a member of the Professional U18 Development League. They have won the FA Youth Cup nine times, including five consecutive titles between 2014 and 2018. The academy has produced many successful players such as the brothers Ron and Allan Harris, Peter Bonetti, Bobby Tambling, Barry Bridges, Bert Murray, John Hollins, Peter Osgood, Ray Wilkins, Graeme Le Saux, Bobby Smith, Terry Venables, Jimmy Greaves, and John Terry. Moreover, Chelsea earned reputation as being the only English club so far to have reached most finals of the UEFA Youth League, winning twice and finishing runners-up twice.

Neil Bath, who is the Head of Youth Development, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the academy.[1]

Until the 2019–20 season, the under-23 team played their home games at Aldershot Town's Recreation Ground. The under-18 team play their home games at the club's Cobham Training Centre in Cobham, Surrey. Both teams occasionally use the club's home ground Stamford Bridge for important matches.

Development squad (U23/U19)Edit

As of 2 December 2021[2]

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 GK   FIN Lucas Bergström
38 MF   ENG Tariq Uwakwe
41 MF   ENG George McEachran
43 DF   NED Xavier Mbuyamba
45 DF   NIR Sam McClelland
46 FW   IRL George Nunn
47 DF   ENG Josh Brooking
48 MF   ENG Ben Elliott
49 FW   NOR Bryan Fiabema
50 GK   USA Ethan Wady
51 MF   ENG Joe Haigh
No. Pos. Nation Player
52 DF   ENG Bashir Humphreys
53 MF   ENG Dion Rankine
54 MF   ENG Xavier Simons
55 FW   ENG Jayden Wareham
60 GK   ENG Teddy Sharman-Lowe
61 DF   ENG Alfie Gilchrist
64 FW   ENG Jude Soonsup-Bell
68 MF   ENG Harvey Vale
71 MF   ENG Charlie Webster
83 MF   ENG Bradley Ryan
FW   BEL Charly Musonda

U18 squadEdit

As of 2 December 2021[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
57 DF   ENG Derrick Abu
58 MF   SWE Edwin Andersson
59 DF   ENG Luke Badley-Morgan
62 DF   ENG Alex Kpakpe
63 FW   ENG Malik Mothersille
65 FW   FIN Jimi Tauriainen
66 FW   ENG Silko Thomas
67 MF   ENG Josh Tobin
70 GK   ENG Prince Adegoke
72 MF   ENG Leo Castledine
No. Pos. Nation Player
73 FW   ENG Louis Flower
74 MF   ENG Billy Gee
75 MF   ENG Lewis Hall
76 DF   ENG Brodi Hughes
77 FW   ENG Tudor Mendel-Idowu
78 DF   ENG Richard Olise
79 MF   ENG Samuel Rak-Sakyi
80 GK   MAR Sami Tlemcani
81 FW   ENG Zain Silcott-Duberry
82 FW   ENG Ronnie Stutter

Management teamEdit

Technical mentor   Claude Makélélé
Head of youth development   Neil Bath
Development squad manager   Andy Myers
Development squad assistant   Jon Harley
Under-18's manager   Ed Brand
Under-18's assistant   James Simmonds


Notable Academy graduatesEdit

Players who have at least 10 senior international caps and/or at least 100 appearances for Chelsea. Players who still play for Chelsea, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are in bold.

Young Player of the YearEdit

As of the 2019–20 season[4]
Year Winner
1983   Keith Dublin
1984   Robert Isaac
1985   Gareth Hall
1986   Mick Bodley
1987   Jason Cundy
1988   Eddie Cunnington
1989 No award
1990 No award
1991   Andy Myers
1992   Zeke Rowe
1993   Neil Shipperley
1994   Mark Nicholls
1995   Chris McCann
1996   Jody Morris
1997   Nick Crittenden
1998   John Terry
1999   Samuele Dalla Bona
2000   Rhys Evans
 
Year Winner
2001   Leon Knight
2002   Carlton Cole
2003   Robert Huth
2004   Robert Huth
2005   Robert Huth
2006   Lassana Diarra
2007   Mikel John Obi
2008   The U18s youth team
2009   Michael Mancienne
2010   The U18s youth team
2011   Josh McEachran
2012   Lucas Piazon
2013   Nathan Aké
2014   Lewis Baker
2015   Kurt Zouma
2016   Ruben Loftus-Cheek
2017 No award
2018   Andreas Christensen
 
Year Winner
2019   Callum Hudson-Odoi
2020 No award

Academy Player of the YearEdit

As of the 2020–21 season[4]
Year Winner
2015   Dominic Solanke
2016   Fikayo Tomori
2017   Mason Mount
2018   Reece James
2019   Conor Gallagher
2020   Billy Gilmour
2021   Tino Livramento

Academy graduates (1992–present)Edit

— Academy graduates who still play for Chelsea, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are in bold.[5]
Player International caps Debut Manager
  Neil Shipperley England U21 Age 18 v Southampton, 10 April 1993 David Webb
  Michael Duberry England U21 Age 18 v Coventry City, 4 May 1994 Glenn Hoddle
  Jody Morris England U21 Age 17 v Middlesbrough, 4 February 1996
  Mark Nicholls Age 19 v Leicester City, 12 October 1996 Ruud Gullit
  Neil Clement England U18 Age 19 v West Ham United, 21 December 1996
  Paul Hughes Age 21 v Derby County, 18 January 1997
  Nick Colgan Full Ireland caps Age 24 v West Ham United, 12 March 1997
  Joe Sheerin Age 18 v Wimbledon, 22 Aprič 1997
  Steven Hampshire Age 16 v Blackburn Rovers, 15 October 1997
  Nick Crittenden Age 19 v Southampton, 19 November 1997
  Jon Harley England U21 Age 19 v Derby County, 5 April 1998 Gianluca Vialli
  John Terry Full England caps Age 17 v Aston Villa, 28 October 1998
  Mikael Forssell Full Finland caps Age 17 v Arsenal, 31 January 1999
  Rob Wolleaston Age 19 v Huddersfield Town, 13 October 1999
  Samuele Dalla Bona Italy U21 Age 18 v Feyenoord, 24 November 1999
  Leon Knight England U20 Age 19 v Levski Sofia, 27 September 2001 Claudio Ranieri
  Joel Kitamirike Full Uganda caps Age 18 v Hapoel Tel Aviv, 18 October 2001
  Joe Keenan Age 19 v Aston Villa, 9 February 2002
  Carlton Cole Full England caps Age 18 v Everton, 6 April 2002
  Robert Huth Full Germany caps Age 17 v Aston Villa, 11 May 2002
  Filipe Oliveira Portugal U21 Age 18 v Viking, 19 September 2002
  Alexis Nicolas Cyprus U21 Age 20 v Scarborough, 24 January 2004
  Steven Watt Scotland U21 Age 19 v Scunthorpe United, 8 January 2005 José Mourinho
  Anthony Grant England U19 Age 17 v Manchester United, 10 May 2005
  Lenny Pidgeley England U20 Age 21 v Charlton Athletic, 7 May 2005
  Jimmy Smith England U19 Age 19 v Newcastle United, 7 May 2006
  Ben Sahar Full Israel caps Age 18 v Macclesfield Town, 6 January 2007
  Michael Woods England U19 Age 16 v Macclesfield Town, 6 January 2007
  Scott Sinclair England U21 Age 17 v Wycombe Wanderers, 10 January 2007
  Sam Hutchinson England U19 Age 17 v Everton, 13 May 2007 Avram Grant
  Miroslav Stoch Full Slovakia caps Age 19 v Arsenal, 30 November 2008 Luiz Felipe Scolari
  Michael Mancienne England U21 Age 21 v Watford, 14 February 2009 Guus Hiddink
  Fabio Borini Full Italy caps Age 18 v Tottenham Hotspur, 20 September 2009 Carlo Ancelotti
  Jeffrey Bruma Full Netherlands caps Age 17 v Blackburn Rovers, 24 October 2009
  Gaël Kakuta Full DR Congo caps Age 18 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 21 November 2009
  Patrick van Aanholt Full Netherlands caps Age 19 v Portsmouth, 24 March 2010
  Josh McEachran England U21 Age 17 v MŠK Žilina, 15 September 2010
  Jacob Mellis England U19 Age 19 v MŠK Žilina, 23 November 2010
  Ryan Bertrand Full England caps Age 21 v Birmingham City, 20 April 2011
  Lucas Piazon Brazil U23 Age 18 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 25 September 2012 Roberto Di Matteo
  Nathan Aké Full Netherlands caps Age 17 v Norwich City, 26 December 2012 Rafael Benítez
  Tomáš Kalas Full Czech Republic caps Age 20 v Arsenal, 29 October 2013 José Mourinho
  Lewis Baker England U21 Age 18 v Derby County, 5 January 2014
  John Swift England U21 Age 18 v Cardiff City, 11 May 2014
  Dominic Solanke Full England caps Age 17 v Maribor, 21 October 2014
  Andreas Christensen Full Denmark caps Age 18 v Shrewsbury Town, 28 October 2014
  Ruben Loftus-Cheek Full England caps Age 18 v Sporting Lisbon, 10 December 2014
  Isaiah Brown England U20 Age 18 v West Bromwich Albion, 18 May 2015
  Bertrand Traoré Full Burkina Faso caps Age 20 v Maccabi Tel Aviv, 16 September 2015
  Jake Clarke-Salter England U21 Age 18 v Aston Villa, 2 April 2016 Guus Hiddink
  Tammy Abraham Full England caps Age 18 v Liverpool, 11 May 2016
  Fikayo Tomori Full England caps Age 18 v Leicester City, 15 May 2016
  Ola Aina Full Nigeria caps Age 19 v Bristol Rovers, 23 August 2016 Antonio Conte
  Nathaniel Chalobah Full England caps Age 21 v Leicester City, 20 September 2016
  Charly Musonda Belgium U21 Age 20 v Arsenal, 6 August 2017
  Jérémie Boga Full Ivory Coast caps Age 20 v Burnley, 12 August 2017
  Dujon Sterling England U20 Age 17 v Nottingham Forest, 20 September 2017
  Callum Hudson-Odoi Full England caps Age 17 v Newcastle United, 28 January 2018
  Kyle Scott United States U20 Age 20 v Hull City, 16 February 2018
  Mason Mount Full England caps Age 20 v Manchester United, 11 August 2019 Frank Lampard
  Billy Gilmour Full Scotland caps Age 18 v Sheffield United, 31 August 2019
  Reece James Full England caps Age 19 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
  Marc Guehi England U21 Age 19 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
  Ian Maatsen Netherlands U18 Age 17 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
  Tino Anjorin England U20 Age 17 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
  Tariq Lamptey England U21 Age 19 v Arsenal, 29 December 2019
  Armando Broja Full Albania caps Age 18 v Everton, 8 March 2020
  Trevoh Chalobah England U21 Age 22 v Villarreal, 11 August 2021 Thomas Tuchel

HonoursEdit

 
Chelsea players celebrating winning the 2015–16 FA Youth Cup.

Reserves TeamEdit

Academy TeamEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Neil Bath | Official Site | Chelsea Football Club". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Academy – Development". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Academy – U18s". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Callum Hudson-Odoi wins Young Player of the Year and Conor Gallagher picks up Academy prize | Official Site | Chelsea Football Club". chelseafc.com. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Academy roll of honour". chelseafc.com. 28 January 2018.

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