Ipswich Town F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Ipswich Town Academy
Full nameIpswich Town Football Club Under-23s and Academy
Nickname(s)The Blues, The Tractor Boys, Town
GroundIpswich Town Football Club Training Centre, Playford Road, Ipswich
Portman Road
Capacity1,000 (Playford Road)
30,311 (Portman Road)
OwnerMarcus Evans
ChairmanMarcus Evans
ManagerGerard Nash (U23)
Adem Atay (U18)
LeagueProfessional Development League 2 (South Division)

Ipswich Town Football Club currently runs a Category Two Academy, with a five-year plan to improve to Category One, which is run by Bryan Klug.[1] The youth teams play their home games at the Ipswich Town Training Centre at Playford Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, while some home games are played at Portman Road.[2]

Some of Ipswich's greatest ever players have come through the club's academy since the 1960s, including Roger Osborne, Mick Mills, Russell Osman, George Burley, John Wark, Terry Butcher and Jason Dozzell.[3] The academy was also very successful during the 1990s, producing a number of first-team players including Richard Wright, Titus Bramble, James Scowcroft and Kieron Dyer.[4] More recently, players such as Connor Wickham, who became the youngest Ipswich player to ever play for the first-team, making his debut at 16 years and 11 days old and Andre Dozzell, son of Jason Dozzell, who like his father went on to score in his debut for the club at the age of 16, have both graduated from the academy.[5][6]

Under-23s squad[edit]

As of 17 January 2020[7]

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

No. Position Player
31 Wales GK Adam Przybek
34 Australia FW Ben Folami
35 England FW Ben Morris
37 Republic of Ireland DF Barry Cotter
40 England MF Thomas Hughes
42 England MF Brett McGavin
46 England DF Bailey Clements
47 England FW Tyreece Simpson
49 England FW Kai Brown
50 England MF Liam Gibbs
No. Position Player
52 England DF Alex Henderson
53 England DF Tommy Smith
55 England GK Jake Alley
England GK Toby Egan
England DF Dylan Crowe
Netherlands DF Levi Andoh
England MF Ryley Scott
France MF Lounes Foudil
England FW Zak Brown

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
25 Republic of Ireland FW Aaron Drinan (at Ayr United until 30 June 2020)

Under-18s squad[edit]

As of 14 June 2019[8]

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

No. Position Player
Poland GK Antoni Bort
England DF Dylan Ruffles
England DF Ben Wyss
Indonesia DF Elkan Baggott
England DF Brooklyn Kabongolo
Northern Ireland DF Cameron Stewart
England DF Louie Fehrenbach
England MF Joe Clifford
Republic of Ireland MF Matthew Healy
Republic of Ireland MF Connor O'Reilly
England MF Teddy Baker
No. Position Player
France MF Allan Viral
England MF Fraser Alexander
England MF Alfie Cutbush
India MF Nyan Mesuria
England MF Zanda Siziba
England FW Lewis Reed
England FW Harley Curtis
Nigeria FW Ola Bello
England FW Michael Bareck
Northern Ireland FW Colin Oppong

Schoolboys[edit]

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

No. Position Player
51 Zimbabwe MF Tawanda Chirewa

Academy coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head of Coaching & Player Development England Bryan Klug
Under-23 Manager Republic of Ireland Gerard Nash
Under-23 Assistant Manager England Chris Hogg
Under-18 Manager England Adem Atay
Head of Academy Goalkeeping England Carl Pentney
Head of Youth Development Phase England Sam Darlow
Head of Foundation Phase England Duncan Wheeler
Head of Academy Performance Analysis England Scott Mitchell
Lead Academy Performance Analyst England Adam Cuthbert
Senior Academy Physiotherapist England Scott Baxter
Head of Academy Medicine England James Reynolds
Academy Sports Therapist England Alice Grindrod

Notable academy graduates[edit]

The following is a list of players who have graduated from the Ipswich Town youth system and gone on to make 50 or more senior appearances for the club. Players who are currently playing for the club are highlighted in bold.

Academy Player of the Year[edit]

Dale Roberts Academy Player of the Year
Year Name Ref
2001–02 England Will Snowdon
2002–03 England Darren Bent
2003–04 England Dean Bowditch
2004–05 Republic of Ireland Billy Clarke
2005–06 Northern Ireland Chris Casement
2006–07 New Zealand Tommy Smith [9]
2007–08 England Jordan Rhodes
2008–09 England Connor Wickham [10]
2009–10 England Tom Eastman [11]
2010–11 Northern Ireland Josh Carson [12]
2011–12 Iceland Gunnar Thorsteinsson [13]
2012–13 England Jack Marriott [14]
2013–14 England Kyle Hammond [15]
2014–15 England Teddy Bishop [16]
2015–16 England Andre Dozzell [17]
2016–17 England Tristan Nydam [18]
2017–18 England Flynn Downes [19]
2018–19 England Jack Lankester [20]

Youth honours[edit]

Reserves[edit]

Academy[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Management Team". Ipswich Town F.C. Archived from the original on 8 June 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Ipswich Town 6–2 Bolton". Ipswich Town Official Website. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Our Academy - Ipswich Town FC Academy". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ Watson, Stuart (30 March 2015). "Ipswich Town academy director Bryan Klug on 'special' talent, Category One latest, competing with Norwich and being sacked by Roy Keane". East Anglian Daily Times. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  5. ^ Pearce, Steve (4 May 2016). "Andre and Ben fly the flag for Town Academy in U17 European Championship squad". Ipswich Town F.C. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 16 April 2016. Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Ipswich Town – U23 and U18 Teams". Ipswich Town F.C. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Ipswich Town – U23 and U18 Teams". Ipswich Town F.C. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Legwinski Players' Player". TWTD. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Richard Wright Wins Supporters Player of the Year". TWTD. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  11. ^ "McAuley Player of the Year". TWTD. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Bullard Player of the Year". TWTD. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Cresswell Player of the Year". TWTD. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Smith Named Player of the Year". TWTD. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Berra Player of the Year". TWTD. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Murphy Players' Player of the Year". TWTD. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Bialkowski Wins Player of the Year". TWTD. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Lawrence Wins Players' Player of the Year". TWTD. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  19. ^ Heath, Mark (2 May 2018). "Bialkowski a double winner at Town's end of season awards as Celina claims best goal". East Anglian Daily Times. Ipswich. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Chambo Named Player Of The Year". Ipswich Town. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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