Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Huddersfield Town Development Squad and Academy
Full nameHuddersfield Town F.C. Development Squad and Academy
Founded1908
GroundCanalside Sports Complex, Huddersfield
PresidentSir Patrick Stewart
ManagerDev Squad: Frankie Bunn
Academy: Steve Weaver
LeagueU21: U21 Professional Development League 2 North Division
U18: U18 Professional Development League 2 North Division
2013–14 U21: U21 Professional Development League 2 North Division, 1st (lost in play-offs)
U18: U18 Professional Development League 2 North Division, 1st (champions)

The Huddersfield Town Development Squad are the reserve team of Championship club Huddersfield Town. They play competitively as the Huddersfield Town Under 21s in the Professional Development League 2 Northern Division, of which they finished 1st in the 2013-14 season, but then proceeded to lose the nationwide play-off semi-final against Queens Park Rangers.

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Huddersfield Town are represented at Under 18 level by the Huddersfield Town Academy. The Academy compete in the U18 Professional Development League 2 North Division, of which they finished 1st in the 2013-14 season, and subsequently won the nationwide play-off final against Crewe Alexandra, becoming champions of the 2013–14 U18 Professional Development League 2. They also reached the quarter finals of last season's FA Youth Cup, losing 2-1 at eventual runners-up Fulham.

Home games for both sides are played at the club's training ground, Canalside, with the exception of some Development Squad fixtures, and FA Youth Cup games, which are played at the first team's John Smith's Stadium.

Development squad

Huddersfield Town Football Club Under-21s, also known as the Huddersfield Town Development Squad, is the most senior level of Huddersfield Town’s youth development and the club's former reserve team. They play in League 2 North of the Professional Development League. The team is effectively Huddersfield Town’s second-string side, but is limited to three outfield players and one goalkeeper over the age of 21 per game following the introduction of new regulations from the 2012–13 season. They were four times Central League Champions as the Reserve Team but withdrew form formal reserve team competition 2009-10 season, and have been replaced by the Huddersfield Town Development Squad, playing a number of arranged friendlies during the season until 2012-13 season.

History

Reserve team years

The Huddersfield Town reserves competed in The Central League Division One East until the 2009–10 season when the Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark chose not to enter a reserve team in the Central League during the 2010-11 season, instead planning a series of high quality friendlies. Clark stated that "the idea of reserve team football is to bridge the gap between youth team and first team football" and that "[we] have faced a lot of very young sides in the reserve league this season and that will not provide our own young professionals with the test they need". [1]

Whilst playing at reserve league level, the reserves split their home games between A.F.C. Emley's Welfare Ground and the Galpharm Stadium.

First team coach Paul Stephenson was the last serving reserve team manager.

Development squad (2009–2012)

Lee Clark saw through his idea to discontinue the reserve team, and subsequently created the club's development squad, to be managed by development coach Steve Watson. Following a behind-closed-doors game at Doncaster Rovers, Watson described the team's games as "working very well", "from both perspectives – fitness for our first team squad members and as a way of integrating the younger players into a higher level of football." [2]

When Lee Clark left as manager of the first team on 15 February 2012, his coaching staff (including Watson) also left the club. [3] On 12 April 2012, the club appointed former Manchester City Elite Development Squad leader and Rochdale first team manager Steve Eyre as the club's Senior Professional Development Coach. [4]

Most fixtures have so far been played at the club's training ground, Canalside, but occasionally the Galpharm Stadium has been used to host Development Squad games that are open to the public. [5]

Professional Development League (2012–present)

From the 2012–13 season Huddersfield's development squad will compete in the newly formed Under 21 Professional Development League in the League 2 North Division, the league was set up as part of the wide-reaching Elite Player Performance Plan, Town will be one of 12 clubs in the Category Two Northern section along with Crewe Alexandra, Barnsley, Birmingham City, Coventry City, Derby County, Leeds United, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic. The fixtures are set up to mirror those in the FA Premier Academy League for Under 18s. [6]

In the 2019–20 season, a Huddersfield team entered a small league (under-21 plus three overage) along with Brentford and four Scottish clubs. [7]

Current squad

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
45 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Demeaco Duhaney

Out on loan

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Honours

Academy

The role of the Huddersfield Town Academy is to develop players and their abilities to their full potential for the club's first team. [8] The academy has produced a number of players, including former England under-21 players Andy Booth and Jon Stead, former Irish Under 21 internationals Michael Collins and James Berrett as well as Nathan Clarke, who made 300 appearances for the first team. The academy is currently managed by former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United player Leigh Bromby.

History

Future

After the arrival of current chairman Dean Hoyle in the summer of 2009, an overall development of every aspect of Huddersfield Town including the academy. The main development taking place with regards to the academy is the current redevelopment of the club's new training complex, Canalside. The project will conclude with the academy players training alongside their first team counterparts for the first time at a high quality, purpose-built facility. [9]

Current academy squad

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
19 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Scott Moloney
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Luke Mewitt
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jordan Eli
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam Gibson
DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Mason O'Malley
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Cameron Taylor
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jordan Thomas
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Oran Thompson
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Scott High
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Jackson
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Isaac Marriott
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Saul Milovanovic
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG James Kenworthy
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Dahomey Raymond
41 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Matty Daly
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Mills
FW name= Micah ObieroFlag of England.svg  ENG {{{name}}}

[10]

Current academy staff

PositionStaff
President Sir Patrick Stewart
Academy ManagerSteve Weaver
Development Coach Frankie Bunn
U18s Manager Leigh Bromby
Head of Academy Coaching Tony Carss
Academy Head of Recruitment Steve Smith
Academy Goalkeeper Coach Nick Colgan
Education & Welfare OfficerKaren Crosland
Academy Head of Sports Science and MedicineSteve Redmond
Academy Physio Jon Worthington

Last updated: 30 May 2017
Source: Who's Who

Recent academy graduates

Academy graduates who still play for Huddersfield, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are highlighted in green.

Appearances and goals are those in competitive fixtures for Huddersfield Town.

PlayerCurrent ClubBornInternational HonoursDebutAppsGoalsManager
Brahima Diarra Huddersfield Town Flag of France.svg Paris Age 17 v AFC Bournemouth (a), 12 December 202010 Carlos Corberán
Romoney Crichlow Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Luton Age 21 v Rochdale (h), 05 September 202040
Ben Jackson Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Stockport Age 19 v Rochdale (h), 05 September 202020
Josh Austerfield Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Morley Age 19 v Rochdale (h), 05 September 202010
Scott High Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Sheffield Age 19 v Millwall (a), 22 July 202010 Danny Schofield
Micah Obiero Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg London Age 19 v Millwall (a), 22 July 202010
Kian Harratt Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Barnsley Age 17 v Leeds United (h), 07 December 201910 Danny Cowley
Rarmani Edmonds-Green Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg London Age 19 v Lincoln City (h), 13 August 201990 Jan Siewert
Ryan Schofield Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Huddersfield Flag of England.svg England U-20 Age 19 v Lincoln City (h), 13 August 201960
Lewis O'Brien Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Colchester Age 20 v Queens Park Rangers (a), 10 August 2019543
Matty Daly Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Stockport Flag of England.svg England U-18 Age 18 v Watford (h), 20 April 2019101
Aaron Rowe Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg London Age 18 v AFC Bournemouth (h), 09 March 201960
Jordan Williams Barnsley Flag of England.svg Huddersfield Flag of England.svg England U-18 Age 17 v Rotherham United (h), 23 August 201710 David Wagner
Lloyd Allinson Gainsborough Trinity Flag of England.svg Rothwell Age 22 v Brentford (h), 7 May 201610
Flo Bojaj Etar Flag of England.svg London Flag of Albania.svg Albania U-17 Age 19 v Milton Keynes Dons (h), 20 October 201571 Chris Powell
Joe Wilkinson Ossett Albion Flag of England.svg Dewsbury Age 19 v Blackburn Rovers (h), 25 April 201510
Jake Charles Stafford Rangers Flag of England.svg Leeds Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales U-21 Age 19 v Fulham (h), 21 March 201510
Will Boyle Cheltenham Town Flag of England.svg Leeds Age 19 v Reading (h), 24 February 201520
Matt Crooks Rotherham United Flag of England.svg Leeds Age 20 v AFC Bournemouth (h), 9 August 201410 Mark Robins
Philip Billing Bournemouth Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark U-21 Age 17 v Leicester City (h), 26 April 2014916
Duane Holmes Derby County Flag of the United States.svg Columbus, Georgia Flag of the United States.svg United States Age 18 v Hull City (a), 24 September 2013261
Jordan Sinnott Deceased Flag of England.svg Bradford Age 18 v Leicester City (h), 26 January 201350 Mark Lillis
Aidan Chippendale Shaw Lane Flag of England.svg Bradford Age 18 v Bristol Rovers (a), 12 March 201110 Lee Clark
Jack Hunt Bristol City Flag of England.svg Rothwell Age 20 v Colchester United (h), 23 January 20111214
Chris Atkinson Farsley Celtic Flag of England.svg Halifax Age 18 v Macclesfield Town (h), 27 November 2010131
Liam Ridehalgh Tranmere Rovers Flag of England.svg Halifax Age 19 v Charlton Athletic (h), 28 August 2010260
Simon Eastwood Oxford United Flag of England.svg Luton Flag of England.svg England U-19 Age 19 v Leyton Orient (a), 2 May 200910
Alex Smithies Cardiff City Flag of England.svg Huddersfield Flag of England.svg England U-19 Age 17 v Southend United (a), 5 December 20072740 Andy Ritchie
Daniel Broadbent Mossley Flag of England.svg Leeds Flag of England.svg England U-16 Age 17 v Tranmere Rovers (a), 26 October 200760
Shane Killock Bradford Park Avenue Flag of England.svg Huddersfield Age 18 v Crewe Alexandra (a), 7 September 200710
Lucas Akins Burton Albion Flag of England.svg Huddersfield Age 18 v Northampton Town (a), 27 April 200760
James Berrett Halifax Town Flag of England.svg Halifax Flag of Ireland.svg Rep. Ireland U-21 Age 18 v Oldham Athletic (a), 7 April 2007412 Gerry Murphy
Danny Racchi Free Agent Flag of England.svg Elland Age 19 v Port Vale (h), 31 March 200760
Joe Skarz Kettering Town Flag of England.svg Huddersfield Age 17 v Scunthorpe United (h), 4 November 2006811 Peter Jackson
James Hand Kingscourt Harps Flag of Ireland.svg Drogheda Flag of Ireland.svg Rep. Ireland U-21 Age 18 v Boston United (a), 19 October 200520
Aaron Hardy Farsley Flag of England.svg South Elmsall Age 19 v Boston United (a), 19 October 2005190
Matty Young Frickley Athletic Flag of England.svg Leeds Age 19 v Walsall (h), 15 October 2005422
Michael Collins Alfreton Town Flag of England.svg Halifax Flag of Ireland.svg Rep. Ireland U-21 Age 18 v Blackpool (h), 19 February 200519722
Tom Clarke Salford City Flag of England.svg Halifax Flag of England.svg England U-19 Age 17 v Milton Keynes Dons (a), 12 February 20051123
John McAliskey Huddersfield YMCA Flag of England.svg Huddersfield Flag of Ireland.svg Rep. Ireland U-21 Age 19 v Macclesfield Town (h), 13 March 2004488
Anthony Lloyd Retired Flag of England.svg Taunton Age 19 v Leyton Orient (h), 27 September 2003513
Adnan Ahmed Retired Flag of England.svg Burnley Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Age 19 v Rochdale (a), 16 September 2003452
Andy Holdsworth Barnsley (Academy Coach) Flag of England.svg Pontefract Age 19 v Bristol Rovers (h), 30 August 20032618
John McCombe Chester Flag of England.svg Pontefract Age 17 v Oldham Athletic (h), 3 May 2003200 Mel Machin
David Mirfin Mansfield Town Flag of England.svg Sheffield Age 18 v Oldham Athletic (h), 3 May 200317912
Phil Senior Retired Flag of England.svg Huddersfield Age 20 v Crewe Alexandra (a), 18 January 2003570 Mick Wadsworth
Nat Brown Brighouse Town Flag of England.svg Sheffield Age 21 v Northampton Town (a), 14 September 2002840
Paul Scott Retired Flag of England.svg Wakefield Age 22 v Peterborough United (a), 17 August 2002372
Jon Worthington Huddersfield Town (Academy Physio) Flag of England.svg Dewsbury Age 19 v Plymouth Argyle (a), 13 August 200223714
Jon Stead Notts County Flag of England.svg Huddersfield Flag of England.svg England U21 Age 19 v Brentford (h), 10 August 200210027
Nathan Clarke Halifax Town Flag of England.svg Halifax Age 18 v Stoke City (a), 8 September 200129910 Lou Macari

Information in the above table is correct as of 18 December 2020

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