Leeds United F.C. Reserves and Youth Team
|Full name||Leeds United Football Club|
Aser Group Holding |
Adam Underwood (Academy Manager)|
Carlos Corberán (U23)
Mark Jackson (U18)
U23 PDL-2 (under-23s)|
U18 PDL-2 (academy)
U21 Development League Div. 2
Leeds United Reserves were the English football reserve team of Leeds United F.C. In previous seasons, they played at York City's Bootham Crescent, South Leeds Stadium and the first team's ground Elland Road. The reserves were generally a mix of recovering or fringe first-team players, young professionals and promising scholars.
The Leeds United Development Squad are the development squad of Leeds United F.C. They play in the Professional Development League. Carlos Corberán is the current coach of the team. They play at the club's training ground, Thorp Arch, although they have announced they may also occasionally play at Elland Road.
Leeds United Under 18s are the youth team of Leeds United F.C. They play in the Professional Development League. The youth team won the competition's predecessor, the Premier Academy League, in the 2002–03 season, when the league was split into Under-19s and Under-17s, with Leeds winning the Under-17s competition. Mark Jackson is the current coach of the team. They play at the club's training ground, Thorp Arch. The youth team also annually compete in the FA Youth Cup, having won it twice – the first time in 1993, beating Manchester United 4–1 and the second time beating Crystal Palace 3–0 in 1997.
Leeds' concentration on youth since the Ridsdale era attracted praise at the highest level with the president of FIFA Sepp Blatter commenting "Leeds, a club I greatly respect, have to be applauded for its efforts in this regard".
The Leeds United Academy has produced several promising youngsters who have been controversially signed by top flight clubs in recent years. Michael Woods, Ben Gordon and Tom Taiwo moved to Chelsea, 16-year-old Elliot Kebbie was signed by Atletico Madrid, 14-year-olds George Swan and Louis Hutton were signed by Manchester City, Danny Ward switched to Bolton Wanderers and Luke Garbutt moved to Everton while still in the Leeds United youth team.
Former players that graduated through the Leeds United academy include England internationals Aaron Lennon, James Milner, Paul Robinson, Scott Carson, Jonathan Woodgate, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph, Lewis Cook and Alan Smith, Australian international Harry Kewell, Republic of Ireland internationals Stephen McPhail, Gary Kelly and Ian Harte, Republic of Ireland Under-21 internationals Eric Grimes and Aidan White and England Under-21 internationals Jonny Howson, Matthew Kilgallon, Ronaldo Vieira and Tom Lees. Former club and international greats that also came through Leeds' youth ranks include; John Charles, Terry Cooper, Peter Lorimer, Paul Reaney, Norman Hunter, Jack Charlton, Albert Johanneson, Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, Gary Speed, John Lukic, David Batty, and Paul Madeley.
Graduates in the current Leeds United first team squad are plentiful, with Jack Clarke, Lewie Coyle, Tyler Denton, Liam Kitching, Callum Nicell, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Tom Pearce, Kalvin Phillips, Jamie Shackleton and Mallik Wilks all having made appearances in the first team squad recently.
- 1 About the Academy
- 2 Current players
- 3 Graduates
- 4 Honours
- 5 Academy Coaching Staff
- 6 Managers
- 7 References
- 8 External links
About the Academy
The Leeds United website describes the Academy's philosophy as follows:
"At Leeds United Academy, players must learn to be technically proficient, be able to deal with the ball anywhere on the pitch. Tactically they must become familiar with the club’s system of play and understand the strengths and weaknesses within it. Physically players need to become the football athlete, someone that can play at the tempo that is required to compete at the highest level and psychologically they need to have a balanced view of success and failure so that by the time they have reached the Professional Development Phase they have the confidence to be able to deal with the stress of playing to win, week in and week out."
Only players aged 23 or under, on 31 August of the current season, are eligible to play for the Development Squad. Three overage outfield players, and an overage goalkeeper may also play. Only players aged 18 or under, on 31 August of the current season (primarily scholars), are eligible to play for the Under 18s. Italics denotes player has received a call up to the squad but did not or has to receive a cap at that level.
|Samuel Amissah||Accra; Ghana||13 August 2000||FW||2019|
|Adrian Balboa||Barcelona; Spain||17 February 1998||FW||2020|
|Jack Clarke||York, North Yorkshire; England||23 November 2000||FW||2021|
|Lewie Coyle||Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire; England||15 October 1995||RB||2020|
|Sam Dalby||Leytonstone, East London; England||17 January 2000||FW||2020|
|Leif Davis||Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear; England||12 January 2000||LB||2021|
|Tyler Denton||Dewsbury, West Yorkshire; England||6 September 1995||LB||England U17s||2020|
|Hugo Díaz||A Coruña, Galicia; Spain||9 February 1997||CB|||
|Matty Downing||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||19 July 1999||LB||2018|
|Ryan Edmondson||Harrogate, North Yorkshire; England||20 May 2001||FW||2020|
|Robbie Gotts||Harrogate, North Yorkshire; England||9 November 1999||RB||2019|
|Aapo Halme||Helsinki; Finland||22 May 1998||CB||Finland U21s||2021|
|Bryce Hosannah||Lambeth, London; England||8 April 1999||RB||2020|
|Will Huffer||Wandsworth, London; England||30 October 1998||GK||England U20s||2018|
|Yosuke Ideguchi||Fukuoka; Japan||23 August 1996||CM||Japan||2022|
|Bobby Kamwa||Yaounde; Cameroon||18 March 2000||MF||2020|
|Liam Kitching||Harrogate, North Yorkshire; England||1 October 1999||CB||2019|
|Alex Machuca||Móstoles; Spain||15 January 1998||MF||2020|
|Alfie McCalmont||Thirsk, North Yorkshire; England||25 March 2000||MF||Northern Ireland U19s||2019|
|Kamil Miazek||Moszczenica; Poland||15 August 1996||GK||Poland U21s||2019|
|Callum Nicell||Doncaster, South Yorkshire; England||30 October 1999||MF||Republic of Ireland U19s||2019|
|Paudie O'Connor||Limerick; Republic of Ireland||14 July 1997||CB||2020|
|Clarke Oduor||Nairobi; Kenya||25 June 1999||RW||2018|
|Bailey Peacock-Farrell||Darlington, Durham; England||29 October 1996||GK||Northern Ireland||2020|
|Tom Pearce||Ormskirk, Lancashire; England||April 12, 1998||LB||England U21s||2022|
|Kalvin Phillips||Wortley, West Yorkshire; England||2 December 1995||CM||2021|
|Oriol Rey||Barcelona; Spain||25 February 1998||CB||2020|
|Oliver Sarkic||Grimsby, Lincolnshire; England||23 July 1997||FW||Montenegro U21s||2020|
|Jamie Shackleton||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||8 October 1999||MF||2019|
|Conor Shaughnessy||Galway; Republic of Ireland||30 June 1996||CM||Republic of Ireland U21s||2021|
|Dimitar Sheytanov||Sofia; Bulgaria||15 March 1999||GK||Bulgaria U19s||2019|
|Jordan Stevens||Gloucester, Gloucestershire; England||25 March 2000||MF||2020|
|Pascal Struijk||Deurne; Belgium||11 August 1999||CB||Netherlands U17s||2021|
|Kun Temenuzhkov||Sofia; Bulgaria||1 February 2000||FW||Bulgaria U18s||2020|
|Mallik Wilks||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||15 December 1998||FW||2019|
|Alex Wollerton||Barnsley, South Yorkshire; England||27 September 1999||MF||2019|
|2018-19 2nd year scholars|
|Oliver Casey||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||14 October 2000||DF||2019|
|Theo Hudson||Knaresborough, North Yorkshire; England||26 September 2000||MF||England U16s||2019|
|Niall Huggins||York, North Yorkshire; England||18 December 2000||FW||Wales U15s||2019|
|Luke Lyons||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||29 December 2000||DF||Scotland U17s||2019|
|Harrison Male||Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire; England||12 September 2000||GK||England U16s||2019|
|Lucas Odunston||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||18 September 2000||RB||2019|
|Joshua Rae||Croy, North Lanarkshire; Scotland||17 October 2000||GK|
|Joe Stanley||Bradford, West Yorkshire; England||1 November 1999||DF||2019|
|2018-19 1st year scholars|
|Dane Burlace||Sunderland, Tyne & Wear; England||RB||2020|
|Charlie Cresswell||York, North Yorkshire; England||DF||2020|
|Cole Gibbon||Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire; England||5 October 2001||MF||2020|
|Jack Jenkins||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||MF||2020|
|Niklas Haugland||23 February 2002||ST||2020|
|Jack Jenkins||Leeds, West Yorkshire; England||MF||2020|
|Henri Kumwenda||Blantyre; Malawi||28 November 2001||FW||2020|
|Connor Blunt||Barnsley, South Yorkshire; England||MF||2020|
|Mason Rubie||Worksop, Nottinghamshire; England||DF||2020|
|Joshveer Shergill||Walsall, West Midlands; England||1 January 2002||LB||2020|
|Jamie Thornton||York, North Yorkshire; England||DF||2020|
|Matthew Turner||Pembrey, Carmarthenshire; Wales||27 March 2002||GK||Wales U17s||2020|
|Notable other academy players|
|Nohan Kenneh||Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County; Liberia||MF||England U15s|
The following list includes players who have graduated from Leeds' youth system and have either become established in the club's first team, another club's first team and/or have been capped at international level.
As of 8 July 2017.
|1989||Neil Edwards||Retired||Wales U21||1||0|
|1983||Scott Sellars||Retired||England U21||83||7|
|1983||Denis Irwin||Retired||Republic of Ireland||82||1|
|1982||John Sheridan||Retired||Republic of Ireland||276||55|
|1979||John Lukic||Retired||England B||430||0|
|1963||Jimmy Greenhoff||Retired||England U23||136||33|
- The Central League (Tier 1)
- Winners (2) 1936-37, 1997–98
- The Central League, Division One East (Tier 2)
- Winners (1) 2008-09, 2009–10
- FA Youth Cup
- Winners (2) 1993, 1997
- Premier Academy League (Tier 1)
- Winners (1) 2002-03
- Milk Cup
- Winners (1) 2002
Academy Coaching Staff
|Academy Manager||Adam Underwood|
|Head Of Academy Coaching||Richard Cresswell|
|Development and Recruitment||Terry Potter|
|Under 23s / Development Squad Manager||Carlos Corberán|
|Professional Development Phase Coach (Under 23's)||Danny Schofield|
|Lead Youth Development Phase Coach||Michael Morton|
|Lead Professional Development Phase U18 Coach||Mark Jackson|
|Under 15s & Under 16s Coach||Tom Newey|
|Under 14s Coach||Scott Gardner|
|Lead Academy Coach||Andrew Cooper|
|Academy Goalkeeping Coach||Neil Sullivan|
|Academy Physio||Thomas Duffy|
|Academy Physio||Tom Butterfield|
|Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach||Rob Etherington|
|Academy Performance Analyst||Justin Benford|
|Academy Kit Man||Shaun Ford|
Last updated: 21 July 2017
Source: Leeds United Official Website – About The Academy 
For a more detailed list of Academy coaching staff, see Leeds United A.F.C. personnel#Academy Staff.
|2016||2017||Jason Blunt||Under 23s Coach|
|2017||pres.||Carlos Corberán||Under 23s Coach|
Under 19s & 17s and 18s & 16s
|2000||2004||Pop Robson||Under 17s Coach (2000–01),|
Under 19s Coach (2001–04)
|2006||2007||Steve Agnew||Under 18s Coach|
|2007||Paul Beesley||Under 18s Coach|
|2007||2009||Daral Pugh||Under 16s Coach|
Under 18s Coach (2007–09)
|2009||2012||Neil Redfearn||Under 18s Coach|
|2012||2014||Richard Naylor||Under 18s Coach|
|2014||2015||Jason Blunt||Under 18s Coach|
|2015||2016||John Anderson||Under 18s Manager|
|2016||2017||Andy Gray||Under 18s Coach|
|2016||pres.||Mark Jackson||Under 18s Coach|
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