Leeds United F.C. Reserves and Youth Team

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Leeds United Academy
Full nameLeeds United Football Club
Founded1919;102 years ago (1919)
Ground Thorp Arch
CapacityN/A
Owner Aser Group Holding
49ers Enterprises [1]
Chairman Andrea Radrizzani
Manager Mark Jackson
League Premier League 2
Website Club website

Leeds United Football Club Under–23s is the most senior of Leeds United's youth teams and the club's former reserve team. As of the 2021–22 season, they play in the Premier League 2, the highest tier of the Professional Development League, following promotion in 2021. [2] The team host most of their home games at the club's Thorp Arch training complex, with some matches also taking place at Elland Road.

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The under–23s replaced the club's under–21 team in 2016, which had replaced the reserve team in 2012 following the English game's reform of the youth football and the introduction of the Elite Player Performance Plan. The club was initially awarded Category Two status but upgraded to Category One in 2020. [3] The team is current managed by former Academy graduate Mark Jackson and competes in the Premier League 2 and the Football League Trophy.

Leeds United Football Club Under–18s are the Academy's junior side and compete in the U18 Premier League and the FA Youth Cup. The team is managed by another former Academy graduate Scott Gardner.

The Academy itself is overseen by Manager Adam Underwood, who joined the club in 2017 and helped to secure Category One status three years later.

Current players

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 yet to receive a cap at that level.

Graduates

The following list includes players who have graduated from Leeds' youth system to make their senior debut for the first team, or made their professional debut playing at senior level for their national team while in the Academy. Players who have represented their national team at senior level are highlighted in bold. [39] [40]

As of the end of the 2020-2021 season.

Other Professionals

Birth YearNatNameCurrent clubInternational
1999 Flag of England.svg Liam Kitching Barnsley
1998 Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg Romario Vieira Tadcaster Albion Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg  Guinea Bissau
1997 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Berry Blacktown City Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia U20
1997 Flag of England.svg Daniel Batty Fleetwood Town
1996 Flag of Scotland.svg Oli McBurnie Sheffield United Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
1994 Flag of England.svg Elliot Kebbie RetiredFlag of England.svg  England U16
1994 Flag of England.svg George Swan Retired
1993 Flag of England.svg Luke Garbutt Blackpool Flag of England.svg  England U21
1992 Flag of England.svg James Baxendale Grantham Town
1991 Flag of Scotland.svg Tom Cairney Fulham Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
1991 Flag of England.svg Matty Edwards Retired
1991 Flag of England.svg Ben Gordon Pontefract Collieries Flag of England.svg  England U20
1991 Flag of England.svg Will Hatfield Darlington
1991 Flag of England.svg James Tavernier Rangers
1991 Flag of England.svg Danny Ward Huddersfield Town
1990 Flag of England.svg Liam Darville Free AgentFlag of England.svg  England U17
1990 Flag of England.svg Josh Falkingham Harrogate Town
1990 Flag of Scotland.svg Andrew Milne RetiredFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland U18
1990 Flag of England.svg Adam Priestley Yorkshire Amateur Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar
1990 Flag of England.svg Danny Rose Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg  England
1990 Flag of England.svg Tom Taiwo RetiredFlag of England.svg  England U17
1990 Flag of England.svg Michael Woods York City Flag of England.svg  England U19
1989 Flag of England.svg David Brown Retired
1987 Flag of England.svg Sam Hird Barrow
1987 Flag of Ireland.svg Ian Morris RetiredFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland U21
1987 Flag of England.svg Gavin Rothery Bradford Park Avenue Flag of England.svg  England U19
1987 Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Smith East Fife
1985 Flag of Ireland.svg Barry Corr Retired
1985 Flag of Ireland.svg Henry McStay RetiredFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland U21
1985 Flag of Scotland.svg Jamie Winter Carnoustie Panmure
1984 Flag of Ireland.svg Paul Keegan Free AgentFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland U23
1984 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Craig Stiens RetiredFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales U19
1982 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shane Cansdell-Sherriff RetiredFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia U23
1982 Flag of Ireland.svg Alan Cawley RetiredFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland U17
1982 Flag of England.svg Craig Farrell RetiredFlag of England.svg  England U16
1982 Flag of Ireland.svg Caleb Folan RetiredFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland
1982 Flag of South Africa.svg Chad Harpur Retired
1982 Flag of England.svg Tom Newey Retired
1982 Flag of England.svg Neil Ross Retired
1981 Ulster Banner.svg Warren Feeney RetiredUlster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
1981 Flag of England.svg Jamie Price Retired
1981 Flag of England.svg Harpal Singh Retired
1980 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kevin Aherne-Evans RetiredFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales U21
1980 Flag of England.svg Kevin Dixon Retired
1979 Flag of Ireland.svg Damian Lynch RetiredFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland U21
1978 Flag of England.svg Sean Hessey Retired
1977 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Lawrence Davies Retired
1977 Flag of England.svg Martin Foster Retired
1977 Flag of England.svg Nathan Lowndes Retired
1976 Flag of England.svg Matthew Smithard Retired
1975 Flag of England.svg Paul Pettinger Retired
1973 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ryan Nicholls Retired
1966 Flag of England.svg John Scales RetiredFlag of England.svg  England
1963 Flag of England.svg David Seaman RetiredFlag of England.svg  England

Honours

Reserves

League
Cups

Under 23s

League

Under 18s

League
Cups

Under 17s

League
Cups

Academy Coaching Staff

PositionStaff
Academy Manager Flag of England.svg Adam Underwood [41]
Head of Academy Coaching Flag of England.svg Andy Foster
Head Of Academy Recruitment Flag of England.svg Terry Potter
Head Of National Academy Recruitment Flag of England.svg Paul Midgley
Head Of Emerging Talent Flag of England.svg Craig Dean
Under 23s Manager Flag of England.svg Mark Jackson
Under 18s Coach Flag of Luxembourg.svg Scott Gardner

Academy Directors

FromToNameNotes
19921997 Paul Hart
19982000Alan Hill
19992000 Steve Beaglehole Assistant
20002001 Brian Kidd
2000c.2001Clive RichardsAssistant
20012005 Gary Worthington Assistant
20022004 Andy Ritchie
20042010 Neil Thompson
20092010 Daral Pugh Assistant
20102011 Gwyn Williams Acting
20112012 Chris Sulley
20122015Steve Holmes
20152016 Paul Hart

Development Squad

FromToNameNotes
20122014 Neil Redfearn
20142015 Jason Blunt Acting
20152016 Paul Hart
20162017 Jason Blunt Under 23s Coach
20172020 Carlos Corberán Under 23s Coach
2020Present Mark Jackson Under 23s Coach

Reserves

FromToNameNotes
19481960 Willis Edwards
19671975Cyril Patridge
19781980Bryan Edwards
19801991Peter Gunby
19951997 David Williams
19971998 Eddie Gray
20002003Lucas Murtagh
20032005 Steve Agnew
20062006 David Geddis
20062010 Neil Thompson
20102012 Neil Redfearn

Under 19s & 17s and 18s & 16s

FromToNamePosition
20002004 Pop Robson Under 17s Coach (2000–01),
Under 19s Coach (2001–04)
20062007 Steve Agnew Under 18s Coach
2007 Paul Beesley Under 18s Coach
20072009 Daral Pugh Under 16s Coach
Under 18s Coach (2007–09)
20092012 Neil Redfearn Under 18s Coach
20122014 Richard Naylor Under 18s Coach
20142015 Jason Blunt Under 18s Coach
20152016 John Anderson Under 18s Manager
20162017 Andy Gray Under 18s Coach
20162020 Mark Jackson Under 18s Coach
2020present Scott Gardner Under 18s Coach

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