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Chelsea F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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.

Chelsea U-23 and Academy
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Full nameChelsea Football Club Under-23s and Academy
Nickname(s)The Blues
The Young Blues
GroundRecreation Ground
Cobham Training Centre
Stamford Bridge
Capacity7,100 (Recreation Ground)
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 is regarded as one of the best in English football[citation needed] and 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. The under-18 team is managed by Ed Brand.

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

From the 2013–14 season, the under-23 team play 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)Edit

As of 9 September 2019[1]

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

No. Position Player
  GK Nicolas Tie
  GK Karlo Žiger
  DF Marc Guehi
  DF Tariq Lamptey
  DF Marcel Lavinier
  DF Ian Maatsen
  DF Jack Wakely
No. Position Player
  MF Tino Anjorin
  MF Billy Gilmour
  MF George McEachran
  MF Clinton Mola
  MF Jon Russell
  MF Tariq Uwakwe
  FW Charlie Brown

U18 squadEdit

As of 9 September 2019[2]

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

No. Position Player
  GK Jake Askew
  GK Lucas Bergström
  GK Ethan Wady
  DF Jordan Aina
  DF Josh Brooking
  DF James Clark
  DF Levi Colwill
  DF Pierre Ekwah-Elimby
  DF Bashir Humphreys
  DF Tino Livramento
  DF Sam McClelland
  DF Dynel Simeu
No. Position Player
  DF Charlie Wiggett
  MF Thierno Ballo
  MF Lewis Bate
  MF Ben Elliott
  MF Joe Haigh
  MF Henry Lawrence
  MF Marcel Lewis
  MF Myles Peart-Harris
  MF Xavier Simons
  MF Dion Rankine
  FW Armando Broja
  FW George Nunn

Notable Academy graduatesEdit

Young Player of the YearEdit

As of the 2018–19 season[3]
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   John Obi Mikel
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

Academy Player of the YearEdit

As of the 2018–19 season[3]
Year Winner
2015   Dominic Solanke
2016   Fikayo Tomori
2017   Mason Mount
2018   Reece James
2019   Conor Gallagher

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.[4]
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 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 England U21 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 Scotland U21 Age 18 v Sheffield United, 31 August 2019
  Reece James England U20 Age 19 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
  Marc Guehi England U21 Age 19 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
  Ian Maatsen Netherlands U17 Age 17 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019
  Tino Anjorin England U19 Age 17 v Grimsby Town, 25 September 2019

HonoursEdit

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

Reserves TeamEdit

Academy TeamEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chelsea Academy – Development Squad". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Chelsea Academy – Under-18s". chelseafc.com. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Academy roll of honour". Chelsea F.C. 28 January 2018.

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