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Rangers F.C. Under-20s and Academy

In addition to their senior squad, Rangers Football Club also operate a football Academy which contains a number of football teams culminating in a reserve team, which currently participates in friendly challenge matches against various domestic and European sides in accordance with the academy's development plan, having declined the option to continue in the SPFL Reserve League despite winning the competition in 2019. Historically, the club's second side was known as the Rangers Swifts.

Rangers Academy
Rangers FC.svg
Full nameRangers Football Club Academy
Nickname(s)Rangers Swifts
GroundThe Hummel Training Centre[1]
Milngavie[a]
LeagueSPFL Reserve League (withdrew)
2018–191st
WebsiteClub website

In the 2006–07 season, the under-20s won their league and the Scottish Youth Cup, ending rivals Celtic's run of six consecutive league titles and defeating them 5–0 in the final of the Youth Cup at Hampden Park. In 2019, the Rangers under-18 team qualified for the UEFA Youth League for the first time. Underage teams also take part in the Scottish Challenge Cup, the Glasgow Cup and a cross-border reserve competition.

HistoryEdit

Beginnings of reserve footballEdit

Rangers' first known involvement in reserve league football was in 1895 when their club secretary William Wilton initiated the setting up of the Scottish Reserve League.[2][3] The competition comprised the reserve sides of five clubs; Rangers, Celtic, Hearts, Leith Athletic and the Queens Park Strollers. In July 1896 the league was expanded to 10 sides, and renamed the Scottish Combination league.[3] In 1909, a new Scottish Reserve League was set up, often including at least one non-reserve side of a non-league club in each of its seasons.[2] The league was disbanded during World War 1, but effectively re-established in 1919 as the Scottish Alliance League. As with previous incarnations, this reserve league also contained the first XI of several non-league sides.[2] An AGM in 1938, resulted in the non-league sides being removed and the league became exclusive to First Division reserve sides. The advent of World War 2, however, once again saw the suspension of national reserve league football in Scotland, although regional leagues were set up.[2][4]

Inter war yearsEdit

Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, all competitive football in Scotland was suspended. During this time there was special wartime football in the form of regional league competitions with Rangers playing in the Southern League. The regionalisation also saw Scottish reserve football postponed as the war effort put a major strain on the resources and playing staff of clubs with many of them serving in the Armed forces and some seeing active service abroad. The reserve side were crowned champions of their league in 1939 before seeing the following season abandoned.

1975 league reconstructionEdit

With the end of hostilities in 1946, Rangers returned to play competitive football again with the reserve side featuring in the Scottish Reserve League. This was to continue unchanged for almost three decades until the first of many reconstructions were made to football in Scotland.

SPL breakawayEdit

The formation of the Scottish Premier League in 1998, resulted in a significant change in youth team football in Scotland. The SPL began a league for members clubs youth players aged under-18. This was alongside the Reserve league, which had been revamped into a league primarily for under-21 players. Rangers would go on to win the under-18 league three times, first in 2001–02 then in 2006–07 and most recently in 2007–08.

Reconstructing the youth departmentEdit

The opening of Rangers Training Centre (known as Murray Park) in 2001 was the one of the first stages in the club's move to develop a football academy. Although the nomenclature was not present at that time, Rangers did begin to focus upon youth development and under the then first-team manager Dick Advocaat the club appointed its first Head of Youth Development, Jan Derks, in March 2000. Derks new role was strategic and operational and saw him lay the foundations for the club's academy as well as helping the transition of the youth set-up to the new training centre. Prior to this, the club had employed a youth development officer, with their focus being solely scouting and coaching.[5] Derks remained in position for three years despite former player Tommy McLean being recruited as his presumptive successor in May 2001[6] and Rangers eventually appointed former Aberdeen scout George Adams to succeed Derks in February 2003.[7]

As the scope of the youth department grew, so did its costs, so on 20 April 2004, Rangers announced the creation of a new company which would oversee the development of the club's youth players.[8] The company, named Rangers Youth Development Limited, was entirely self-funding but completely owned by the club. It attracted four investors from outside Rangers who have invested £1 million, with the club also putting up an initial £2.5 million.[8] It led to Rangers F.C. being in the unfamiliar position of buying its own youth players from Rangers Youth Development Ltd.[8][9] The Youth Development company owned the young players and the club had to bid for them, although it had first option on all the players. If both sides cannot reach an agreement on a transfer fee then a FIFA transfer model will be used.[8] Any profit made by the company will be divided between investors with the majority being invested to fund more youth players.[10] The main reason for the formation of the company was to offset the running costs of the club's training centre.[8] However, many of the Rangers fans were opposed to the formation of the new company.[11] The activities of Rangers Youth Development Ltd were largely unnoticed and the company was dissolved after submitting its final set of accounts in June 2010.

The elite development eraEdit

In September 2005, as part of a restructuring of the club management, Adams left his role as director of youth football.[12] The moves also saw future Academy heads take over responsibility for youth administration.[12] In May 2017, the club announced its intention to withdraw from the SPFL Development League and play a programme of matches against a mixture of English and European Academies, as well as sides from League One and League Two in Scotland.[13]

In July 2018, it was reported that reserve leagues would be reintroduced in lieu of the development leagues that had been in place since 2009. The top tier of the new SPFL Reserve League featured 18 clubs, whilst a second-tier reserve League comprised nine clubs. Other than a minimum age of 16, no age restrictions applied to the leagues.[14] At the end of its first season (2018–19) which Rangers entered and won, the club – along with several others – intimated that they would withdraw from the Reserve League to play a variety of challenge matches, in a similar manner as two years earlier.[15] They later entered a small league (under-21 plus three overage) along with three other Scottish clubs and Brentford and Huddersfield Town from the English leagues.[16]

Academy structureEdit

Section Age range Head of section
Children's[17] 8 – 12 years Alan Boyd
Intermediate[17] 13 – 15 years Malky Thomson
Senior[17] 16 – 17 years David McCallum
Development[17] 18 years plus Billy Kirkwood

The Academy is responsible for providing players for the Rangers first-team and is divided into four areas. The Children's section operates training groups only but from intermediate level there are age-grouped teams.[18] Between under-11 and under-12 level, the teams play in a seven-a-side football competition, although the latter side transitions to 11-a-side after Christmas.[18] Thereafter, the under-12s and under-13s play on a modified pitch which is slightly smaller with reduced sized goals than regulation play[18] but from under-14 level onward all Academy teams play on normal pitches. All players from under-8 to under-15 are schoolboys, however, from Senior level many sign contracts to become professional youth players.[18] The U11 to U17 age groups play in the SFA Club Academy Scotland programme at ‘Elite’ level.

In 2017, the Rangers academy was one of eight across the country designated 'elite' status on the introduction of Project Brave, an SFA initiative to concentrate the development of the best young players at a smaller number of clubs with high quality facilities and coaching than was previously the case.[19][20]

Academy partnershipsEdit

Rangers operate a North American Academy, which began in 2014,[21] and as of May 2015 included thirteen partner clubs across the United States and Canada.[22]

The academy has a partnership with Coerver Coaching who deliver Coerver method skills coaching to the Children's section on a weekly basis.[23] On 18 December 2015, Rangers announced a coaching and development partnership with Scottish Lowland League club Gala Fairydean Rovers which effectively saw the Galashiels side act as a feeder to Rangers.[24] In June 2016, Rangers announced a partnership with East Dunbartonshire council which saw 24 of the club's youth players aged 11 to 15 attend Boclair Academy allowing them to combine their academic and football studies.[25]

Competition recordEdit

Rangers were members of the Scottish Premier Reserve League from its foundation in the 1998–99 season until 2012. As the Scottish Premier League was considering disbanding its Scottish Premier Reserve League for the 2009–10 season,[26] Rangers announced it was withdrawing its reserve team in order to play friendly games instead.[27] After Rangers demotion to the Scottish Third Division in 2012,[28] the club entered a reserve team into the Scottish Football League Reserve League[29] and the side went on to win the competition.[30] The league ended after the formation of the SPFL, with a development league for under-20's teams taking its place and the club's reserve side was disbanded.

A youth league was founded for under-18s in 1998 as an alternative to the Scottish Premier Reserve League which originally was for under-21s. The former competition was widened to include under-19s in 2003. Rangers were removed from the under-19 league after the club's demotion to the Scottish Third Division[28] in 2012, with youth players featuring in the 2012-13 SFL Reserve league instead. The formation of the Scottish Professional Football League in the 2013–14 season, saw the formation of an under-20s league with the number of teams increased to 16[31] and teams were allowed to field two over-age outfield players and an overage goalkeeper.[32] The league was renamed the SPFL Development League in 2014, with the number of teams increased to 17.[33]

Rangers youth sides play in a number of cup competitions including the Glasgow Cup and Scottish Youth Cup. From 2015 onwards it is also possible for the Academy to participate in the UEFA Youth League by the Under-18 side winning the previous season's league at that age level, or by the senior team reaching the UEFA Champions League group stages; this was achieved in 2019 via the first route.[34] In the 2019–20 UEFA Youth League, Rangers defeated BSC Young Boys of Switzerland in the opening round on away goals after a 5–5 result on aggregate.[35]

In June 2016, it was announced by the SPFL that the Challenge Cup would be expanded to include teams from the Welsh Premier League, Northern Irish Premiership and an Under-20s side from each Scottish Premiership club.[36] In the 2016–17 edition, Rangers U20 won their opening tie against Stirling University F.C. of the Lowland League[a] but lost in the next round to Stenhousemuir of the third level. In the 2019–20 edition, they travelled to Northern Ireland and defeated Ballymena United who had been NIFL runners-up in the previous season,[37] then knocked out Solihull Moors of the English National League, again away from home, this time on penalties.[38] In the quarter-finals, they were drawn against Wrexham from the same league.

  1. ^ a b Home ties in the Scottish Challenge Cup have been played at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling.

League participationEdit

PlayersEdit

  • In addition to below, Rangers F.C. Academy also operates youth sides from under-11 upwards.
  • Please note that squad numbers listed relate only to first team numbers. In reserve matches the team wear 1-11 and 12-21 (21 worn in place of 13) on the bench.
  • Most academy players on a development loan can still feature for the reserve team, but cannot play for the first team.

Reserve squadEdit

As of 1 June 2019[39]

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

No. Position Player
27   MF Stephen Kelly (on loan at Ayr United)
33   MF Jamie Barjonas
42   GK Aidan McAdams (on loan at Edinburgh City)
44   DF Aidan Wilson (on loan at Edinburgh City)
45   FW Serge Atakayi
46   DF Rhys Breen
47   MF Jack Thomson
48   DF Jordan Houston (on loan at Ayr United)
50   FW Zak Rudden (on loan at Plymouth Argyle)
51   DF Lewis Mayo
52   MF Cammy Palmer (on loan at Partick Thistle)
53   DF Matthew Shiels (on loan at Dumbarton)
54   GK Kieran Wright
55   MF Joao Balde (on loan at Berwick Rangers)
No. Position Player
56   DF Daniel Finlayson
57   MF Zac Butterworth
58   GK Nicky Hogarth (on loan at Caledonian Braves)
59   GK Brian Kinnear (on loan at Camelon Juniors)
60   DF James Maxwell
61   MF Kieran McKechnie
62   FW Dapo Mebude
63   DF Nathan Patterson
64   FW Josh McPake (on loan at Dundee)
65   MF Ben Williamson
70   MF Kai Kennedy
72   DF Kyle McClelland
73   MF Ciaran Dickson

Under 18's squadEdit

As of 1 June 2019[40]

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

No. Position Player
43   MF Krystof Hampl
71   DF Murray Miller
74   FW Chris McKee
75   DF Harris O'Connor
76   FW Matty Yates
77   GK Lewis Budinauckas
78   DF Ryan Muir
79   FW Kane Ritchie-Hosler
80   DF Lewis MacKinnon
81   MF Cole McKinnon
82   MF Leon King
No. Position Player
83   FW Nathan Young-Coombes
84   MF Alex Lowry
85   FW Aaron Lyall
86   DF Adam Devine
87   MF Robbie Fraser
88   GK Jay Hogarth
89   DF Matthew Henderson
90   MF Ross McCausland
92   MF Umaro Balde
  MF Julian Anderson

Manager historyEdit

Name From To Tenure Notes
  John Hagart November 1983 7 April 1986 2 years, 5 months As reserve coach
  Don Mackay 16 April 1986 3 February 1987[41] 293 days As reserve coach
  Peter McCloy 3 February 1987 1 March 1987 26 days As reserve coach
  Jimmy Nicholl 1 March 1987 30 June 1989 2 years, 121 days As reserve coach
  Davie Dodds
  John McGregor
June 1989 October 1991 2 years, 4 months As joint reserve coaches
  John McGregor October 1991 1 March 2003[42] 12 years As reserve coach
  John Brown 1 March 2003[42] 27 June 2006[43] 3 years, 118 days As reserve coach
  Ian Durrant 27 June 2006[43] 30 June 2008 2 years, 3 days As reserve coach
  Tommy Wilson 30 June 2008 14 March 2013[44] 4 years, 257 days As reserve coach
  Billy Kirkwood 14 March 2013 2 July 2013 110 days Interim, senior Academy manager
  Gordon Durie 2 July 2013[45] 23 December 2014[46] 1 year, 174 days As under-20s coach
  Ian Durrant 23 December 2014[46] 9 June 2016[47] 1 year, 169 days As under-20s coach
  Graeme Murty 22 August 2016[48] 26 October 2017[49] 1 year, 65 days As Head Development squad coach
  Billy Kirkwood 26 October 2017 6 June 2018 223 days Interim, As Head Development Squad Coach
  Graeme Murty 6 June 2018[50] 1 year, 159 days As Head Development Squad Coach

StaffEdit

As of 1 June 2019[51]

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

  • Scottish 2nd XI Cup: (24)[54]
    • 1890, 1898, 1899, 1907, 1912, 1913, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1952, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1977, 1979
  • Scottish Reserve League Cup: (12)[55]
    • 1946, 1954, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1997, 1998
  • Scottish Youth Cup: (7)
    • 1994, 1995, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2019
  • Glasgow Cup: (13)
    • 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2018
  • Milk Cup: (2) (Premier)
    • 1984, 1992
  • Milk Cup: (Junior)
    • 1985
  • Al Kass International Cup: (U-17)
    • 2019
  • Iris Club International Tournament: (2) (U-19)[56]
    • 1979, 1981
  • Festival Cup: (U-20)[57]
    • 2002

Academy legacyEdit

Financial returnEdit

With the opening of the club's training facility for its youth and first teams, it was hoped that this would spell a new chapter in player development for the club.[58] However, expectations of an instant success were not accurate and with reported running costs of the facility equalling £1.5m,[58] many commentators asked if the investment in the training ground and youth department was worthwhile.[59]

The combined transfer fees for all Academy graduates is, to date, approximately £18.35m. This includes the transfer of Alan Hutton, which the single largest fee received in the club's history for any player.[60] Some of the other transfers that have commanded fees were in the form of compensation. The list below includes players who have been schooled at the club's Academy and have commanded a transfer upon their departure.

First-team graduates transfer fees received
# Name and nationality Date of transfer New club Initial fee Add ons Total fee
1   Steven MacLean (2004-07-07)7 July 2004 Sheffield Wednesday   £0.125m[61]  N £0.125m
2   Hamed Namouchi (2006-08-31)31 August 2006 FC Lorient   £0.5m[62]  N £0.5m
3   Alan Hutton (2008-01-30)30 January 2008 Tottenham Hotspur   £9m[60]  N £9m
4   Dean Furman (2009-06-01)1 June 2009 Oldham Athletic   £0.05m[63]  N £0.05m
5   Charlie Adam (2009-08-04)4 August 2009 Blackpool   £0.5m[64]  Y[65] £1.35m
6   Danny Wilson (2010-07-21)21 July 2010 Liverpool   £2m[66]  Y[67] £4.7m
7   Dylan McGeouch (2011-05-15)15 May 2011 Celtic   £0.1m[68]  N £0.1m
8   Thomas Kind Bendiksen (2012-01-01)1 January 2012 Tromsø IL   £0.25m[69]  N £0.25m
9   Charlie Telfer (2014-05-31)31 May 2014 Dundee United   £0.204m[70]  N £0.204m
10   Lewis Macleod (2015-01-01)1 January 2015 Brentford   £0.85m[71]  N £0.85m
11   Billy Gilmour (2017-07-01)1 July 2017 Chelsea   £0.5m[72][73][74]  N £0.5m
12   Barrie McKay (2017-07-05)5 July 2017 Nottingham Forest   £0.5m[75]  N £0.5m
13   Ryan Hardie (2019-07-17)17 July 2019 Blackpool   £0.15m[76]  N £0.15m

List of Academy graduatesEdit

Below is a list of players who made a first-team appearance for Rangers, whilst a youth team player at the club. This includes both players that have come through the club's Academy set-up and also young professional players signed for the Academy who then go on to play in the first-team. The list includes all youth team graduates from the opening of the Rangers Training Centre in 2001 to the present day.

Players in bold are currently at the club.

First-team graduates
# Name and nationality Date of debut Age at debut Apps Goals Pro debut Int caps
1   Allan McGregor[77] (2002-02-24)24 February 2002 20 years, 24 days 351 0  Y  Y
2   Chris Burke[78] (2002-03-20)20 March 2002 18 years, 108 days 131 14  Y  Y
3   Tom Brighton[79] (2002-05-12)12 May 2002 18 years, 45 days 1 0  Y  N
4   Andy Dowie[79] (2002-05-12)12 May 2002 19 years, 48 days 1 0  Y  N
5   Alan Hutton[80] (2002-12-22)22 December 2002 18 years, 22 days 122 4  Y  Y
6   Steven MacLean[80] (2002-12-22)22 December 2002 20 years, 121 days 4 0  Y  N
7   Darryl Duffy[81] (2003-10-28)28 October 2003 19 years, 195 days 3 0  Y  N
8   Hamed Namouchi (2004-01-10)10 January 2004 19 years, 330 days 51 6  N  Y
9   Bajram Fetai (2004-03-23)23 March 2004 18 years, 198 days 1 0  N  Y
10   Alex Walker (2004-04-04)4 April 2004 19 years, 345 days 2 0  Y  N
11   Charlie Adam (2004-04-14)14 April 2004 18 years, 126 days 88 18  Y  Y
12   Gary MacKenzie (2004-05-01)1 May 2004 18 years, 199 days 2 0  Y  N
13   Ross McCormack (2004-05-01)1 May 2004 17 years, 257 days 14 4  Y  Y
14   Bob Davidson (2004-05-16)16 May 2004 18 years, 52 days 1 0  Y  N
15   Steven Smith (2004-11-28)28 November 2004 18 years, 90 days 110 5  Y  N
16   Alan Lowing[82] (2005-09-20)20 September 2005 17 years, 256 days 5 0  Y  N
17   Moses Ashikodi[83] (2006-04-23)23 April 2006 18 years, 300 days 1 0  N  Y
18   Lee Robinson[84] (2006-05-07)7 May 2006 19 years, 309 days 10 0  Y  N
19   William Stanger[85] (2006-12-14)14 December 2006 21 years, 86 days 1 0  N  N
20   Steven Lennon[86] (2006-12-27)27 December 2006 18 years, 341 days 3 0  Y  N
21   Andrew Shinnie[87] (2007-03-17)17 March 2007 17 years, 243 days 2 0  Y  Y
22   Paul Emslie[88] (2007-09-26)26 September 2007 19 years, 197 days 1 0  Y  N
23   John Fleck[89] (2008-01-23)23 January 2008 16 years, 152 days 58 3  Y  Y
24   Dean Furman[90] (2008-05-10)10 May 2008 19 years, 262 days 1 0  Y  Y
25   Rory Loy[91] (2008-11-01)1 November 2008 20 years, 227 days 2 0  Y  N
26   Andrew Little[92] (2009-04-25)25 April 2009 19 years, 348 days 89 38  Y  Y
27   Gregg Wylde[93] (2009-08-29)29 August 2009 18 years, 159 days 48 2  Y  N
28   Jordan McMillan[94] (2009-10-27)27 October 2009 21 years, 11 days 5 0  N  N
29   Danny Wilson[94] (2009-10-27)27 October 2009 17 years, 304 days 107 5  Y  Y
30   Kyle Hutton[95] (2010-08-14)14 August 2010 19 years, 180 days 72 2  Y  N
31   Darren Cole[96] (2010-12-07)7 December 2010 18 years, 338 days 5 0  Y  N
32   Jamie Ness[97] (2010-12-26)26 December 2010 19 years, 299 days 18 2  Y  N
33   Kane Hemmings[98] (2011-08-03)3 August 2011 20 years, 117 days 10 1  Y  N
34   Ross Perry[99] (2011-08-13)13 August 2011 21 years, 187 days 33 0  N  N
35   Thomas Kind Bendiksen[100] (2011-12-03)3 December 2011 22 years, 117 days 3 0  Y  Y
36   Rhys McCabe[101] (2012-03-03)3 March 2012 19 years, 233 days 9 0  Y  N
37   Andrew Mitchell[102] (2012-03-17)17 March 2012 19 years, 344 days 10 0  Y  N
38   Barrie McKay[103] (2012-05-13)13 May 2012 17 years, 135 days 140 20  Y  Y
39   Lewis Macleod[104] (2012-07-29)29 July 2012 18 years, 43 days 74 16  Y  N
40   Kal Naismith[104] (2012-07-29)29 July 2012 20 years, 162 days 24 3  N  N
41   Robbie Crawford[104] (2012-07-29)29 July 2012 19 years, 132 days 57 7  Y  N
42   Chris Hegarty[105] (2012-08-21)21 August 2012 20 years, 8 days 31 1  Y  N
43   Fraser Aird[106] (2012-09-23)23 September 2012 17 years, 234 days 85 12  Y  Y
44   Tom Walsh[107] (2012-12-08)8 December 2012 16 years, 150 days 13 0  Y  N
45   Luca Gasparotto[108] (2013-04-13)13 April 2013 17 years, 222 days 4 0  Y  N
46   Danny Stoney[109] (2013-04-13)13 April 2013 16 years, 343 days 3 0  Y  N
47   Andy Murdoch[110] (2013-04-27)27 April 2013 18 years, 87 days 23 1  Y  N
48   Scott Gallacher[111] (2013-07-28)28 July 2013 24 years, 13 days 6 0  N  N
49   Kyle McAusland[112] (2013-07-28)28 July 2013 20 years, 190 days 7 0  N  N
50   Calum Gallagher[113] (2014-03-15)15 March 2014 19 years, 183 days 6 1  N  N
51   Charlie Telfer[114] (2014-04-19)19 April 2014 18 years, 289 days 1 0  Y  N
52   Ryan Hardie[115] (2014-09-23)23 September 2014 17 years, 190 days 17 2  Y  N
53   Jordan Thompson[116] (2015-11-07)7 November 2015 18 years, 308 days 3 0  Y  Y
54   Liam Burt[117] (2016-03-01)1 March 2016 17 years, 29 days 3 0  Y  N
55   Myles Beerman[118] (2017-04-05)5 April 2017 18 years, 23 days 8 0  Y  Y
56   Jamie Barjonas[119] (2017-05-07)7 May 2017 18 years, 103 days 9 0  Y  N
57   Aidan Wilson[120] (2017-05-17)17 May 2017 18 years, 135 days 2 0  Y  N
58   Kyle Bradley[121] (2017-05-21)21 May 2017 18 years, 96 days 1 0  Y  N
59   Ross McCrorie[122] (2017-09-19)19 September 2017 19 years, 185 days 55 2  N  N
60   Glenn Middleton[123] (2018-07-12)12 July 2018 18 years, 192 days 28 5  Y  N
61   Stephen Kelly[124] (2018-09-26)26 September 2018 18 years, 166 days 1 0  Y  N
62   Serge Atakayi[125] (2018-11-11)11 November 2018 19 years, 285 days 1 0  N  N
63   Jordan Houston[126] (2019-01-30)30 January 2019 19 years, 10 days 1 0  Y  N
64   Dapo Mebude[127] (2019-05-19)19 May 2019 17 years, 294 days 1 0  Y  N
65   Josh McPake[128] (2019-07-18)18 July 2019 17 years, 321 days 1 0  Y  N

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