Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Tottenham Hotspur Academy
Full nameTottenham Hotspur Football Club
Nickname(s)Spurs, The Lilywhites
GroundHotspur Way, Enfield,
London, England
ChairmanDaniel Levy
ManagerWayne Burnett (Under 23)
John McDermott (Under 18) until 2020
LeaguePremier League 2
U18 Premier League

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy was created to train and develop players from the age of eight right up to the age of 23. Many of whom have progressed through Tottenham's youth academy have gone on to sign professional contracts and represent their country at International level.

The reserves in recent times have been known as the Development Squad to reflect the purpose of producing players for the first team. Though matches are billed as under 21, three overage players are allowed which gives the club the opportunity to give senior squad players a chance to play and keep or build up match fitness, often following an injury.

They have won one Premier Reserve League South title since the league's formation in 1999 and were runners-up in the inaugural Barclays U21 Premiership League which took over from 2012.

Historical reserve team[edit]

In 1948 Tottenham entered an 'A' team into the Eastern Counties League.[1] They won the League Cup in their first season and the league title and the East Anglian Cup in their second. In 1957–58 they again won both the league and East Anglian Cup and went on to win the League Cup the following season. They won three consecutive league titles in 1959–60, 1960–61 and 1961–62. In 1963 they left the ECL to join the Metropolitan League, which they won in 1966–67 as well as the League Cup in 1963–64 and the League Cup and Professional Cup in 1964–65. In 1969 they joined the South East Counties League, where they played until the formation of the Academy team in 1998, winning it three times between 1969 and 1973 and several times in the 1980s and 1990s.[1]

During their time in the ECL the club played at White Hart Lane, as well as at Hoddesdon Town's Lowfield Ground (1950–51), the Hoddesdon Sports Arena (1951–52) and Brookfields Lane in Cheshunt (1952–1963).

The Academy[edit]

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy coaches young footballers from the ages of 8 to 18 involving approximately 150 young players, looked after by 30 full-time and part-time staff. The academy features a network of 35 scouts who are tasked with finding the best local, national and international talent. Whilst under 16, in the Youth development phase, players are coached or play in the evenings and the weekend whilst they are in full-time education. On reaching 16, the best players are offered a place in the U18s Academy on a full-time 2 year Scholarship contract. This provides an academic programme alongside their football commitments. Players will usually progress through first and second years of the professional development phase whereupon on completion, they will be either offered a professional contract or be released. Where a player is borderline or has been held back because of injury there is the option of offering a third year at the Academy by exception.

Notable players to come through the Tottenham Hotspur Academy include Ledley King, Glenn Hoddle, Peter Crouch, Stephen Carr, Nick Barmby, Ian Walker, and Sol Campbell all of whom have gone on to represent their country at international level.

The Academy Manager is John McDermott. One of the former Youth Team coaches is Alex Inglethorpe who joined the club in 2006 after a two-year spell as manager of Exeter City. In November 2012 after six years service to Tottenham he joined Liverpool to become their Under-21 coach.[2]

Development Squad[edit]

Players who have progressed through the Academy and have shown the potential to play at a higher level are offered professional contracts and will then join the Development Squad. The Development Squad may also be joined by Under-21 players signed from other clubs or free agents who have proved themselves in trials at the club. The purpose of the Development Squad is to produce new players for the First Team though breaking into the senior squad is no easy feat for a young player. As well as playing in Under-21 games players may be loaned out to other clubs in lower leagues or sometimes clubs abroad to give them experience and to aid their development.

As of the 2013 – 2014 season the Development Squad have played in the Barclays U21 Premiership League. In July 2014, former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu was appointed Under-21 Team Coach following a period of part-time work within the Academy.[3] However, on 20 April 2017, Ehiogu went into cardiac arrest after collapsing at Tottenham's training ground; he died the following day at the age of 44.[4] Two months later, Tottenham announced that they had appointed former Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett as Ehiogu's successor, with former player Scott Parker taking charge of the Under-18s.[5][6]


2005–06 season[edit]

Clive Allen became the manager of the reserve team at the beginning of the season and led them to their first FA Premier Reserve League South title, staying in 1st position from mid-December until the end of the season. They lost just three times during the league season. In the Barclays Premiership Reserve League Play-Off, contested by the winners of the Southern and Northern Reserve League titles, Tottenham Reserves lost 2–0 to Manchester United Reserves at Old Trafford. Home games were played at Broadhall Way, the home ground of Stevenage Borough.

2006–07 season[edit]

The 2006–07 was less successful for the reserve team with them finishing mid-table, in fifth place, behind league winners Reading, Watford, Chelsea and Leicester City. The Academy team made a vast improvement over the previous season and finished the league in third position in their Under-18 Group, behind Reading and Leicester City.

The end of the season coincided with the end of a Tottenham career for Charlie Lee and Rob Burch, with both being released to further their careers elsewhere.[7]

2007–08 season[edit]

From the 2007–08 season onwards home matches were played at Leyton Orient's home ground, the Matchroom Stadium.

2008–09 season[edit]

On 1 July 2008, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the permanent transfer of Joe Martin, who had previously been on loan, to Blackpool.[8] Spurs also loaned out Tomas Pekhart to Southampton, Troy Archibald-Henville to Norwich City, Simon Dawkins to Leyton Orient, David Button to Grays Athletic, and Andrew Barcham, Leigh Mills & Charlie Daniels went on loan to Gillingham.[9]

In 2009, Grays Athletic loaned Lee Butcher, another goalkeeper, for a month[9] and Gillingham acquired Barcham permanently.[10] Charlie Daniels was allowed to join Leyton Orient on a free transfer.[11] Button went on loan to AFC Bournemouth, making his league debut for them, and Archibald-Henville went to Exeter City, while Yuri Berchiche and David Hutton both moved to Cheltenham Town.

2009–10 season[edit]

The club announced on 12 June 2009 that for the 2009–10 season it would not be entering a team in the Reserve League. Instead the reserve players would be loaned out for first team experience, and if necessary friendly matches would be arranged as required during the season to test out players returning from injury.[12]

2012–13 season[edit]

After not participating in the Reserve League for three seasons the club agreed to play in the newly formed Barclays U21 Premiership League. Tottenham Under-21s won the Group 2 League in the first half of the season which qualified them for the Elite Group, which they also won. This put them through to the end of the season knock-out competition where they progressed all the way to the final, eventually losing 3–2 to Manchester United Under-21s.




  • Eurofoot Tournament
    • Winners (2): 2007, 2011
  • Premier League Champions Cup
    • Winners (1): 2014




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

No. Pos. Nation Player
37 MF England ENG George Marsh (captain)
40 GK England ENG Brandon Austin
42 MF Cyprus CYP Anthony Georgiou
44 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Jamie Bowden
48 MF England ENG Harvey White
49 DF England ENG Dennis Cirkin
50 DF England ENG Jubril Okedina
55 GK Belgium BEL Jonathan De Bie
58 DF England ENG Brooklyn Lyons-Foster
60 MF England ENG Dilan Markanday
63 MF England ENG J’Neil Bennett
64 DF England ENG Malachi Fagan-Walcott
66 FW England ENG Rodel Richards
No. Pos. Nation Player
68 MF Wales WAL Elliot Thorpe
72 FW England ENG Jeremie Mukendi
74 MF Spain ESP Maurizio Pochettino
78 FW England ENG Kion Etete
84 FW England ENG Enock Asante (Third-Year Scholar)
GK Poland POL Kacper Kurylowicz (Third-Year Scholar)
DF Portugal POR Marcel Lavinier
DF England ENG Keenan Ferguson
DF Nigeria NGA Tobi Omole
DF England ENG Aaron Skinner
MF England ENG Rafferty Pedder (Third-Year Scholar)
MF England ENG Chay Cooper (Third-Year Scholar)

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. Pos. Nation Player
43 DF England ENG Timothy Eyoma (at Lincoln until 31st May 2021)
45 MF Cyprus CYP Jack Roles (at Burton Albion until 1st January 2021)
51 MF England ENG Shilow Tracey (at Shrewsbury Town until 31st May 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
52 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Troy Parrott (at Millwall until 31st May 2021)
73 GK England ENG Joshua Oluwayemi (at Maidenhead United until 1st January 2021)
FW England ENG Kazaiah Sterling (at Southend United until 1st January 2021)


Second Year Academy Players[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK England ENG Thimothée Lo-Tutala (captain)
GK Norway NOR Isak Solberg (Professional)
DF England ENG Dermi Lusala
DF England ENG Marqes Muir
DF England ENG Jeremy Kyezu
MF Scotland SCO Michael Craig
MF Scotland SCO Matthew Craig
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Kallum Cesay
MF England ENG Nile John
MF Spain ESP Yago Santiago (Professional)
MF England ENG Romaine Mundle
MF England ENG Max Robson
MF England ENG Eddie Carrington
FW England ENG Tarrelle Whittaker

First Year Academy Players[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
53 FW England ENG Dane Scarlett
54 MF England ENG Alfie Devine
GK England ENG Aaron Maguire
GK England ENG Adam Hayton
DF England ENG Jordan Hackett
MF England ENG Jezreel Davies
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Khalon Haysman
MF England ENG Dante Cassanova
MF England ENG Oliver Turner
MF Albania ALB Renaldo Torraj
MF England ENG Roshaun Mathurin
- DF Estonia EST Maksim Paskotši

Notable Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Academy graduates[edit]

The following list of academy graduates have appeared in 25 or more competitive fixtures for the first team. Players still currently playing for the club are in bold

Academy management and support staff[edit]

Role[13] Name
Academy Manager & Head of Coaching, Operations & Performance Dean Rastrick
Assistant Head of Player Development, Under-17 to Under-23 Nigel Gibbs
Professional Development Phase Coach Paul Bracewell
Professional Development Phase Coach Paul Brush
Youth Development Phase Lead Coach Justin Cochrane
Youth Development Phase Coach Pat Holland
Foundation Phase Lead Coach (Safeguarding Officer) Gary Broadhurst
Foundation Phase Coach Michael Donaldson
Under 23 Manager Wayne Burnett
Under 18 Manager Matthew Taylor
Pastoral Development, Under-17 to Under-23 Troy Archibald-Henville
Head of Academy Goalkeeping Perry Suckling
Goalkeeping Coach Rob Burch
Goalkeeping Coach Alex Welsh
Academy Coach Chris Powell
Academy Coach Bradley Allen
Academy Coach Ryan Mason
Academy Coach Will Antwi
Academy Coach Trevor Duberry
Academy Coach Ryan Hall
Academy Coach Joe Staunton
Academy Coach Daryl McMahon
Academy Coach Aaron Cato
Academy Coach Glen Hicks
Academy Coach Tony Tillbrook
Academy Coach Aaron Tillbrook
Academy Coach Anton Blackwood
Academy Coach Shaun Harris
Head of Academy Science & Medicine Aaron Harris
Academy Doctor Imtiaz Ahmad
Academy Physiotherapist Adam Paxton
Academy Physiotherapist David McGinness
Head of Academy Physical Development Matt Allen
Academy Physical Development Coach Charlie Moore
Academy Sports Science Intern Chris Riley
Academy Performance Analyst Luke Georgiou
Academy Performance Analyst Andrew Ratnage
Academy Performance Analyst Josh Smith
Academy Performance Analyst Charlie Turnbull
Academy Recruitment Officer Jason Hogg
Academy Head of Education Trevor Webb
Academy Education Officer David Rainford
Academy Education Assistant Helene Michaels
Academy Administration Manager Luke Godfrey
Academy Administrator Tina Gold
Academy Transport Coordinator Nick Boulli
Academy Kit Manager Tavish Mahandru
Development/Academy Kit Assistant Stan White

Reserve team manager history[edit]

  • Scotland Colin Calderwood (2001–2003)
  • England John McDermott (2005)
  • England Clive Allen
  • England Gareth Mason (2006–2007)
  • England Lee Connor Hagger (2007)


  1. ^ a b Blakeman, M (2010) The Official History of the Eastern Counties Football League 1935–2010, Volume II ISBN 978-1-908037-02-2
  2. ^ Reds make Academy coach changes Archived 29 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 27 November 2012
  3. ^ Under 21s Appointment THFC website, Accessed 25 July 2014
  4. ^ "Ugo Ehiogu 21 April 2017 - News -". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Scott Parker returns 30 June 2017 - News -". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  6. ^ "New Academy coaching staff appointed 29 June 2017 - News -". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  7. ^ – Player Update
  8. ^ "Martin to Blackpool". 1 July 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Grays loan for Butcher". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Barcham move made permanent". 2 January 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Daniels leaves Spurs for Orient". BBC Sport. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  12. ^ Reserve News THFC website 2009-06-12 Retrieved, 2009-08-15
  13. ^ "Academy Info". Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Retrieved 4 July 2018.

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