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Leicester City F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Leicester City Under-23s are the former reserve team of Leicester City. The team mainly consists of under-23 players at the club, although senior players occasionally play in the reserve side, for instance when they are recovering from injury. The Under-23s team are managed by Steve Beaglehole and they play in Premier League 2.

Leicester City F.C. Under-23s
Leicester City crest.svg
Full nameLeicester City Football Club Under-23s and Academy
Nickname(s)The Foxes
GroundKing Power Stadium
Holmes Park
Belvoir Drive Training Complex
ManagerSteve Beaglehole (Under-23s)
Trevor Peake (Under-18s)
LeaguePremier League 2 D1
WebsiteClub website

Leicester City F.C. Academy are the youth team of Leicester City, directed by Jon Rudkin and managed by Trevor Peake. Leicester City's academy has had category one status under the Elite Player Performance Plan since July 2013.



Although less famous than the likes of Manchester United or West Ham United's youth systems, the Leicester City Academy has been one of the more productive academies in the East Midlands. England internationals Peter Shilton, Gary Lineker, David Nish, Steve Whitworth and Emile Heskey, as well as Don Revie, who played for and managed England[1] all began their careers with the Foxes. Frank McLintock, a Scottish international, former footballer of the year and a double winning captain with Arsenal, who was described by Bob Paisley as the "player of the decade" at the end of the 1970s also came through the Foxes' ranks.[2] Leicester's all-time top appearance makers Graham Cross and Sep Smith were also among notable products of the academy.

The academy is overseen by director Jon Rudkin, with Steve Beaglehole currently holding the position of 'Development Coach', working in the new Under-21 league set up from the summer of 2012. Trevor Peake and Chris Tucker currently look after the Under-18s, whilst Kevin Fogg and Paul Cheney are in charge of the under 16s and below.[3][4] On 8 April 2013, Leicester City Under-21s won the newly formed 2012–13 Professional Development League 2 with a game to go, qualifying for the knockout stage.[5] However they exited the national play-off at the semi-final stage, after losing 3–2 to Cardiff.[6]

On 26 May 2013, the Leicester City Development Squad & Academy won the HKFC International Soccer Sevens cup, beating Newcastle United Reserves and Academy 2–0 thanks to goals from Michael Cain and Harry Panayiotou. The latter also went on to win player of the tournament.[7] On 4 July, it was announced that Leicester City's academy had been awarded category one status, the highest level under the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan.[8]

By finishing 6th in the 2013–14 Professional U21 Development League, Leicester City U21s qualified for the inaugural, 2014–15 edition, of the Premier League International Cup, being drawn in Group C with Manchester City, Benfica and Schalke 04.[9] On 24 November 2014, Leicester City U21s became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals, after defeating Schalke 04 and Benfica, both 2–0 at the King Power Stadium.[10]

After having almost been relegated from Premier League 2 Division 1 in 2016–2017, Leicester Under 23's went on to finish third in PL2, while also getting to the semi-finals of the Premier League Cup[11]. In addition, several of the under 23's gained first team experience under manager Claude Puel with Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury playing prominent roles towards the end of the 2017–2018 season. This subsequently lead to Hamza Choudhury gaining his first England Under 21s cap during the Toulan Tournament[12].

The PlayersEdit

Under 23sEdit

As of 06 July 2019[13][14][15]

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

No. Position Player
  GK Rhys Davies
  GK Daniel Iversen
  GK Viktor Johansson
  DF Vontae Daley-Campbell
  DF Ed Elewa-Ikpakwu
  DF Sam Hughes
  DF Lukas Husek
  DF Darnell Johnson
  DF Josh Knight
  DF Elliott Moore
  DF Alex Pașcanu
  DF Luke Thomas
  DF Calvin Ughelumba
  MF Faiq Bolkiah
No. Position Player
  MF Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
  MF Thakgalo Leshabela
  MF Layton Ndukwu
  MF Tyrese Shade
  MF Sidnei Tavares
  MF Conor Tee
  MF George Thomas
  MF Callum Wright
  FW Josh Felix-Eppiah
  FW George Hirst
  FW Ryan Loft
  FW Admiral Muskwe
  FW Ali Reghba
  FW Raul Uche

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
  MF Kamal Sowah (at OH Leuven until 30 June 2020)[16]


As of 28 June 2019[17]
Under-23 Management
Role Person
Under-23 Manager   Steve Beaglehole
Under-23 Coach   Ben Petty
Academy Team Management
Role Person
Academy Director   Jon Rudkin
Academy Manager   Ian Cawley
Head Of Academy Coach Development   Paul Cheney
Lead Pro Development Coach Under-18s   Trevor Peake
Lead Youth Development Coach Under-16s   Matt Goodwin
Assistant Lead Youth Development Coach   Rodney Ballantine
Academy Goalkeeper Coach   Glyn Thompson
Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach   Chris Organ
Head Academy Physiotherapist   Ben Harwood
Head of Academy Sports Science   Kevin Paxton
Academy Lead Sport Scientist   Gary Capes
Academy Lead Analyst   Ryan DeFreitas
Academy Recruitment   Bill Wall
Loans Manager   Guy Branston

Notable GraduatesEdit


  • Premier Academy League
    • Winners: 2006-07
    • Group B Winners: 2009-10, 2011-12
    • Group B Runners Up: 2008-09, 2010-11
    • PL2 Division 1 Third Place: 2017-2018
  • HKFC International Soccer Sevens
    • Shield Winners: 2011-12
    • Cup Winners: 2012-13, 2016-17
    • Plate Winners: 2013-14
  • U21 Professional Development League 2 North Division
    • Winners: 2012-13
  • U15 Premier League Category 2 National Trophy
    • Winners: 2012-13


  1. ^ "Leicester City Academy chief proud of emerging talent". Leicester Mercury. 5 September 2009.
  2. ^ "English football Hall of Fame – Frank McLintock". National Football Museum. 2009.
  3. ^ "Leicester City F.C. Coaching Staff". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Leicester City F.C. Academy Staff". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  5. ^ "U21s Seal Top Spot With 3-0 Win". Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Under-21s Edged Out By Cardiff". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Foxes Secure Hong Kong Sevens Crown". Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Leicester awarded Category One academy status". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Premier League International Cup launched". 15 October 2014. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Report: Leicester City 2 Benfica 0". 24 November 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Development Squad". 1 August 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Choudhury Makes Maiden England U21s Appearance". 27 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Development Squad". 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Leicester City under-23s v Swansea City live". 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Fleetwood vs Leicester City U21". sky 11 September 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Eerste training zit erop". 15 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Academy Staff". 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.