West Ham United F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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West Ham United Under-23s
Full nameWest Ham United Football Club (Under-23s)
Nickname(s)The Irons
The Hammers
The Academy of Football
Short nameWHU U23s
Ground Victoria Road, Dagenham, London, England
Capacity6,078
Owner David Sullivan (51.1%)
David Gold (35.1%)
Other Investors (13.8%) [1]
Manager Dmitri Halajko
League Premier League 2
2019–20 Premier League 2 Division 2, 1st (promoted)
Website Club website

The Academy of West Ham United F.C. is recognised as one of the most successful in modern football, hence its nickname the Academy of Football. [2]

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The introduction of the FA's new Academy system in 1998 has placed even more emphasis on the developing of young homegrown players and today the youth system at West Ham is more important than it has ever been. [3] With the influx of many foreign players in the Premier League during modern times, West Ham United has been regarded as one of the few remaining clubs in top flight to continue producing and playing homegrown English players.

The Under-23 team is the most senior of West Ham's youth squads. The Under-23 team is effectively the club's second-string side, but is limited to three outfield players and one goalkeeper over the age of 23 per game following the introduction of new regulations from the 2012–13 season. [4] They play in Premier League 2 and also compete in the Papa John's Trophy.

The Academy of Football

"Academy of Football" livery at Upton Park Footballacademy.JPG
"Academy of Football" livery at Upton Park

'The Academy of Football' , or just 'The Academy', is a nickname of West Ham United. [5] [6] [7] The title pays homage to the success of the club in coaching talented young players. [6] [7] [8] The title, originally attributed to the club by the press, has since been officially adopted by the club and is displayed in several prominent places around the stadium such as being printed beside the club crest on the artificial surface surrounding the pitch at Upton Park.

The original tribute intended to reference the entire culture of the club, in much the same way as the Liverpool "Boot Room". It was not solely reserved for the education of young players, but also for the development of a modern approach to football from the roots up, as inspired by the success of the Hungarian national team featuring Ferenc Puskás that had humiliated England 6–3, and the great Real Madrid side of the late 1950s that dominated the European Cup.

Academy history

The 'Academy of Football' term was first used in the early years of Ron Greenwood's reign as West Ham manager (1961–1974). Greenwood had inherited a young team of players from Ted Fenton and the club was noted for its reliance on home grown talent with Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst, John Lyall, Ronnie Boyce, John Sissons, Alan Sealey and Harry Redknapp all in the first team or periphery. Further foundations had been laid with stalwart Ken Brown at the back, Malcolm Musgrove on the left wing (who was to leave in the second season), and the addition of John "Budgie" Byrne up front.

The true heritage of this side, however, owed its pedigree to the practices put in place by the previous manager.

Fenton was praised as a forward thinking manager. He pushed for the establishment of "The Academy" that brought through a series of young players to augment a side that could not be improved with the limited finances available. Two of the signings he did manage to make were those of John Dick and Malcolm Allison. Other players of the day included John Bond, Dave Sexton, Jimmy Andrews and Frank O'Farrell (later swapped for Eddie Lewis) and Tommy Moroney all part of an original 'Cafe Cassettari' club started by Fenton as a result of the restrictive budget. [9]

There [Cafe Cassettari], Allison would hold court and the players would exchange views on the game and make tactical plans around the dinner table, illustrating their ideas with the use of salt and pepper pots. The culmination of those years of hard work, on and off the field, was the Second Division championship in 1958 – the springboard to great cup successes at a much higher level in the mid-60s ... no one should underestimate the positive influence of Malcolm Allison's earlier role in Hammers' history.

West Ham Club History, John Hellier [10]

Cassettari's Café sat opposite the Boleyn Ground, and Fenton organised a deal that saw meals and a warm welcome for the players of the club at a price the club could manage. It became a place for routine discussion of the team, and ideas and wisdom freely passed back and forth. [11] The tradition of mentorship lasted long into the 1960s even after Fenton had moved on and saw future managers John Lyall and Harry Redknapp pass through. [10] West Ham, with meetings at Cassettari's Café, soon gained a reputation for producing managers via playing for the club including Malcolm Allison, Noel Cantwell, Frank O'Farrell, John Bond, Dave Sexton, Jimmy Andrews and Malcolm Musgrove. [12]

Fenton introduced continental ideas to the team, revamping training methods and taking inspiration from higher ranked teams, and even inspiring some. Fenton had been impressed greatly by the all conquering Hungarians of the 1950s led by Ferenc Puskás and the Cassettari program and development of the academy were at the core. [11] Ernie Gregory said (of the 1950s diet) "We'd usually eaten fish or chicken and toast before then, but Dr. Thomas advised us all to eat steak and rice two hours before kick-off. All the other clubs copied us after that". [13] However, not all the changes were strictly down to Fenton, Musgrove attributed much of the training regime to Allison, going so far as to state that once the players were at the club (signed by Fenton) they were pretty much Allisons property. [14] As well as being a student of the game himself, Fenton encouraged all players to take coaching badges and it's notable that many of his former players went on to coaching and managing roles after they retired. [15] The Academy also involved, beyond the routine training and development of the youth and squad, actual tactical discussions between the players. [9]

At this time, three players who had come through the West Ham youth development system were seeing some success in the England squad; they were Bobby Moore who debuted in 1962, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

In 1966, these players played a part in England's victory in the World Cup.

Moore was the most well-known of the three. He captained the England squad and was later named by Pelé as the "greatest" of all the defenders he had played against.

In the World Cup final against West Germany in which England won 4–2, Hurst scored the only hat-trick ever scored at a World Cup final match, and Peters scored the other goal. This gave rise to the West Ham supporters' partly tongue-in-cheek terrace chant:

I remember Wembley,

When West Ham beat West Germany.
Peters one and Geoffrey three,

And Bobby got his OBE!

A bronze statue of these three players (and Everton defender Ray Wilson) holding the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft was erected in 2003 at the junction of Barking Road and Green Street close to Upton Park.

During the next thirty years West Ham's youth academy produced many professional players. Notable Academy "graduates" during this time include Frank Lampard Sr. and (later Sir) Trevor Brooking, who both featured in the club's 1975 FA Cup win with a team composed solely of English players; no club since has repeated this accomplishment.

Since 1973 the Academy has been managed by Tony Carr, himself a "graduate" but whose career was cut short by injury.

Paul Ince played his first game for West Ham in 1986, and went on to win more trophies than any other Academy "graduate", albeit with Manchester United.

Premier League era

In 1996, the reputation of the Academy began a fresh revival with the arrival of Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard Jnr. That year, the West Ham youth team reached the FA Youth Cup Final, losing to a Liverpool side inspired by Michael Owen. However, both Ferdinand and Lampard would see success in subsequent years. [16] [17]

In 1999, the West Ham youth team won the FA Youth Cup, beating Coventry City 9–0 on aggregate. The team featured Joe Cole and Michael Carrick. Ferdinand and Carrick played against Lampard and Cole when Manchester United met Chelsea at the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.

Recent Academy "graduates" include Glen Johnson, Billy Mehmet, Freddy Eastwood, Anton Ferdinand (younger brother of Rio), Elliott Ward, Mark Noble, Jack Collison and James Tomkins. [18]

Relationship with West Ham United

The Academy is an important part of the club's identity and a regular source of players for the first team. When the club was relegated from the FA Premier League in 2003 the sale of young Academy stars arguably saved the club from financial disaster. It has been argued that if West Ham had kept all of their Academy "graduates" since Rio Ferdinand, they would currently be among the very top English teams.

With their promotion via the Championship Play-Offs in 2005 West Ham have returned to England's top league. Three Academy "graduates" had been key players in this achievement; Anton Ferdinand, Elliott Ward, and Mark Noble. In the 2007–08 season, manager Alan Curbishley handed three graduates, Jack Collison, James Tomkins and Freddie Sears, their debuts.

Gianfranco Zola, who previously worked with the Italy U-21's, stated his desire to continue the club's tradition of using homegrown talent. Noble, Tomkins and Collison all went on to play an important part as West Ham beat relegation to finish 9th in the 2008–09 season. Under him, Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas have impressed after the August 2009 League Cup match against Millwall where they both scored in a 3–1 win. [19]

West Ham as a 'selling club'

A case may be made that West Ham has been a 'selling club' in recent years, that is, a club that provides quality players to other clubs for profit but does not have the prestige or financial means to keep those players for the benefit of their own team. This reputation probably began with the sale of Rio Ferdinand to Leeds United in 2000. Since then, West Ham have sold six Academy "graduates" for transfer fees totalling over £50 million (including £18 million for Ferdinand, who was later sold on to Manchester United for £30 million). [20] This amount has traditionally been much greater than the club's own spending on players (most of which was financed by the above income), and many of the players found success with financially stronger clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United who are two of the English clubs capable of competing on a different level to most other teams. [21]

Though not a club, the England national team has included various academy apprentices or graduates in recent years, including Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson, as well as John Terry who spent part of his development with the club. [22] [23]

Quotes

"The crowds at West Ham have never been rewarded by results but they keep turning up because of the good football they see. Other clubs will suffer from the old bugbear that results count more than anything. This has been the ruination of English soccer."Ron Greenwood, West Ham manager 1961–1974. [24]

"No way is it all down to me. It's very difficult to say why we've been so successful in youth terms; I suppose it's down to a number of factors but, most importantly, our recruitment area of east London and Essex is really fertile."Tony Carr, director of Youth Development at West Ham 1973–2010, quoted in an interview published by The Daily Telegraph 14 June 2004. [24]

"Why should we sell Rio Ferdinand? Are we a Premier League club or are we just a feeder club for bigger clubs? If we start selling players like Rio, where is the club going to go?"Harry Redknapp, West Ham manager 1994–2001.

"The biggest single contributor to the current England national squad is not Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea, but the West Ham Youth Academy."ITV Football article, 13 September 2004.

Reserve team history

The West Ham United Reserves Team was founded in 1899 as Thames Ironworks Reserves and they changed their name to West Ham Reserves in 1900. They joined London League Division One in the season 1899–00. In 2007–08 they were FA Premier Reserve League Southern Division runners-up on goal difference. [25]

'A' team

Between 1948 and 1956 West Ham entered an 'A' team into the Eastern Counties League. [26] In 1952 they also began playing in the Metropolitan League. After leaving the ECL they remained in the Metropolitan League, winning the League Cup in 1957–58 and the Professional Cup in 1959–60, 1966–67 and 1968–69. They left the league when it merged into the Metropolitan London League in 1971, and instead entered a youth team into the South East Counties League, which they won in 1984–85, 1995–96 and 1997–98, before leaving when the FA Academy system was set up in 1998. [26]

Under-23 team

The West Ham United Reserves competed in the Premier Reserve League South until relegation from the Premier League. The side is now classed as a development squad coached by Dmitri Halajko and Steve Potts. Friendly games were usually played at Chadwell Heath and other clubs training grounds.

Since the 2012–13 season, the team have played in the Professional Development League (now branded Premier League 2) for players under the age of 21 and a restricted number of over age players. [27] Most home matches are played at Dagenham & Redbridge's Victoria Road ground, with three fixtures per season played at the London Stadium. [28] [29]

Current squad

Players (excluding scholars) who will qualify as U23s in season 2020–21 and who are outside the first team squad.

As of 24 July 2021 [30]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
14 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Frederik Alves
32 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Xande Silva
36 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Mesaque Djú
37 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Nathan Holland
39 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Thierry Nevers
40 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Armstrong Oko-Flex
42 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Aji Alese
43 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Will Greenidge
44 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Bernardo Rosa
45 FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Ademipo Odubeko
47 GK Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Krisztián Hegyi
50 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Harrison Ashby
No.Pos.NationPlayer
51 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Dan Chesters
52 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Lennon Peake
54 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Conor Coventry
56 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Emmanuel Longelo
57 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jayden Fevrier
59 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Keenan Appiah-Forson
61 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kamarai Swyer
66 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Amadou Diallo
67 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ossama Ashley
75 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jamal Baptiste
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Pierre Ekwah

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
29 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Gonçalo Cardoso (at Basel until 31 May 2022)
34 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Nathan Trott (at Nancy until 31 May 2022)
49 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Joseph Anang(at Stevenage until 31 May 2022)

Under-18 team

The West Ham under-18's play in the U18 Premier League South. Home games are staged at Little Heath, Hainault Road in Romford, Essex. Tony Carr, a former West Ham player himself, was the youth academy director from 1973 to 2014. [31] They have won the U-19 title twice in 1998–99 and 1999–00, when the Academy League was split into the U-17s and U-21s. [32]

Current squad

As of 24 July 2021 [33]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
64 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Freddie Potts
68 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Jacob Knightbridge
69 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Archie Woods
71 DF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Michael Forbes
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Isaac Evans
No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Junior Robinson
MF Flag of Bermuda.svg  BER Remy Coddington
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sonny Perkins
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Divin Mubama

Honours

Notable players

Alongside West Ham's aforementioned representation in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, the club also produced Clyde Best, Ade Coker and Clive Charles through their academy - with the trio making Football League history, by becoming the first three black players to start a game in the competition. Coker scored the second in the game against Tottenham Hotspur, on 1 April 1972, securing a 2–0 win for West Ham. [34]

Internationally capped players (pre-2000)

PlayerPositionWest Ham appearancesWest Ham goalsInternational capsInternational goalsInternational representationClub debutManager
Syd Puddefoot DF30820720 Flag of England.svg England Age 18 vs. Norwich City, Southern League, 1 March 1913 Syd King
Jim Barrett DF5537010 Flag of England.svg England Age 18 vs. Tottenham Hotspur, First Division, 28 March 1925 Syd King
Ken Brown DF474410 Flag of England.svg England Age 19 vs. Rotherham United, Second Division, 21 February 1953 Ted Fenton
Bobby Moore DF647271082 Flag of England.svg England Age 17 vs. Manchester United, First Division, 8 September 1958 Ted Fenton
Geoff Hurst ST5032494924 Flag of England.svg England Age 17 vs. Fulham, Southern Professional Floodlit Cup, 15 December 1958 Ted Fenton
Martin Peters MF3641006720 Flag of England.svg England Age 18 vs. Cardiff City, First Division, 20 April 1962 Ron Greenwood
Trevor Brooking MF643102475 Flag of England.svg England Age 18 vs. Burnley, First Division, 29 August 1967 Ron Greenwood
Frank Lampard Senior DF6702220 Flag of England.svg England Age 19 vs. Manchester City, First Division, 18 November 1967 Ron Greenwood
Clyde Best ST2215821 Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda Age 18 vs. Arsenal, First Division, 25 August 1969 Ron Greenwood
Ade Coker ST11353 Flag of the United States.svg United States Age 17 vs. Crystal Palace, First Division, 30 October 1971 Ron Greenwood
Tony Cottee ST33614670 Flag of England.svg England Age 18 vs. Tottenham Hotspur, First Division, 1 January 1983 John Lyall
Paul Ince MF9512532 Flag of England.svg England Age 19 vs. Chelsea, Full Members' Cup, 25 November 1986 John Lyall
Frank Lampard MF1873810629 Flag of England.svg England Age 17 vs. Coventry City, Premier League, 31 January 1996 Harry Redknapp
Rio Ferdinand DF1582813 Flag of England.svg England Age 17 vs. Sheffield Wednesday, Premier League, 5 May 1996 Harry Redknapp
Joe Cole MF187185610 Flag of England.svg England Age 17 vs. Swansea City, FA Cup, 2 January 1999 Harry Redknapp
Michael Carrick MF1596340 Flag of England.svg England Age 17 vs. Jokerit, Intertoto Cup, 2 January 1999 Harry Redknapp

First team graduates since 2000

Since the turn of the century, every permanent first team manager has enabled a player from West Ham's youth teams to represent the first team. The following table shows every player to have made at least one first team appearance in all competitions. Players highlighted in green are still contracted to West Ham.

PlayerPositionWest Ham appearancesWest Ham goalsCurrent clubBornInternational honoursDebutManager
Shaun Bryne DF30Retired Flag of England.svg Taplow Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U21 Age 18 vs. Newcastle United, Premier League, 3 January 2000 Harry Redknapp
Jermain Defoe ST10541 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers Flag of England.svg Beckton Flag of England.svg England Age 17 vs. Walsall, League Cup, 19 September 2000 Harry Redknapp
Grant McCann MF40 Flag of England.svg Hull City (manager) Ulster Banner.svg Belfast Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland Age 21 vs. Middlesbrough, Premier League, 19 May 2001 Glenn Roeder
Richard Garcia FW220Retired Flag of Australia (converted).svg Perth Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia Age 20 vs. Reading, League Cup, 11 September 2001 Glenn Roeder
Glen Johnson DF160Retired Flag of England.svg Greenwich Flag of England.svg England Age 18 vs. Charlton Athletic, Premier League, 22 January 2003 Glenn Roeder
Anton Ferdinand DF1635Free agent Flag of England.svg Peckham Flag of England.svg England U21 Age 18 vs. Preston North End, Championship, 9 August 2003 Glenn Roeder
Chris Cohen MF220Retired Flag of England.svg Norwich Age 16 vs. Sunderland, Championship, 13 December 2003 Alan Pardew
Trent McClenahan MF30Free agent Flag of Australia (converted).svg Chipping Norton Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia U23 Age 19 vs. Crewe Alexandra, Championship, 21 August 2004 Alan Pardew
Mark Noble MF52760 Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of England.svg Canning Town Flag of England.svg England U21 Age 17 vs. Southend United, League Cup, 24 August 2004 Alan Pardew
Elliott Ward DF210Retired Flag of England.svg Harrow Age 19 vs. Southend United, League Cup, 24 August 2004 Alan Pardew
Hogan Ephraim FW10Free agent Flag of England.svg Archway Flag of England.svg England U19 Age 17 vs. Sheffield Wednesday, League Cup, 20 September 2005 Alan Pardew
Tony Stokes FW10 Flag of England.svg Grays Athletic Flag of England.svg London Age 18 vs. Sheffield Wednesday, League Cup, 20 September 2005 Alan Pardew
Kyel Reid FW91 Flag of England.svg Billericay Town Flag of England.svg Deptford Age 18 vs. West Bromwich Albion, Premier League, 1 May 2006 Alan Pardew
Jack Collison MF12114 Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta United (coach) Flag of England.svg Watford Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wales Age 19 vs. Arsenal, Premier League, 1 January 2008 Alan Curbishley
Freddie Sears FW583 Flag of England.svg Colchester United Flag of England.svg Hornchurch Flag of England.svg England U21 Age 18 vs. Blackburn Rovers, Premier League, 15 March 2008 Alan Curbishley
James Tomkins DF24311 Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace Flag of England.svg Basildon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Age 18 vs. Everton, Premier League, 22 March 2008 Alan Curbishley
Zavon Hines FW313 Flag of England.svg West Ham United (youth coach) Flag of Jamaica.svg Kingston Flag of England.svg England U21 Age 19 vs. Macclesfield Town, League Cup, 27 August 2008 Alan Curbishley
Junior Stanislas FW478 Flag of England.svg AFC Bournemouth Flag of England.svg Kidbrooke Flag of England.svg England U21 Age 19 vs. West Bromwich Albion, Premier League, 16 March 2009 Gianfranco Zola
Josh Payne MF30 Flag of England.svg Barnet Flag of England.svg Basingstoke Flag of England.svg England C Age 18 vs. Blackburn Rovers, Premier League, 21 March 2009 Gianfranco Zola
Bondz N'Gala DF10Free agent Flag of England.svg Forest Gate Age 20 vs. Bolton Wanderers, League Cup, 22 September 2009 Gianfranco Zola
Anthony Edgar MF20 Flag of England.svg Herne Bay Flag of England.svg Newham Age 19 vs. Arsenal, FA Cup, 3 January 2010 Gianfranco Zola
Jordan Spence DF100Free agent Flag of England.svg Woodford Flag of England.svg England U21 Age 19 vs. Manchester City, FA Cup, 9 May 2010 Gianfranco Zola
Marek Štěch GK30 Flag of England.svg Mansfield Town Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Age 20 vs. Oxford United, League Cup, 24 August 2010 Avram Grant
Callum McNaughton DF10Retired Flag of England.svg Harlow Age 19 vs. Aldershot Town, League Cup, 24 August 2011 Sam Allardyce
Dan Potts DF130 Flag of England.svg Luton Town Flag of England.svg Barking Flag of England.svg England U20 Age 17 vs. Barnsley, Championship, 17 December 2011 Sam Allardyce
Robert Hall FW70 Flag of England.svg Oxford United Flag of England.svg Aylesbury Flag of England.svg England U19 Age 18 vs. Derby County, Championship, 31 December 2011 Sam Allardyce
Matthias Fanimo MF30 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Sarajevo Flag of England.svg Lambeth Flag of England.svg England U18 Age 18 vs. Crewe Alexandra, League Cup, 28 August 2012 Sam Allardyce
George Moncur MF20 Flag of England.svg Hull City Flag of England.svg Swindon Flag of England.svg England U18 Age 19 vs. Crewe Alexandra, League Cup, 28 August 2012 Sam Allardyce
Dylan Tombides ST10 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Perth Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia U23 Age 18 vs. Wigan Athletic, League Cup, 25 September 2012 Sam Allardyce
Elliot Lee ST71 Flag of England.svg Luton Town Flag of England.svg Durham Age 18 vs. Manchester United, FA Cup, 16 January 2013 Sam Allardyce
Leo Chambers DF30Free agent Flag of England.svg Brixton Flag of England.svg England U19 Age 18 vs. Cheltenham Town, League Cup, 27 August 2013 Sam Allardyce
Reece Burke DF151 Flag of England.svg Luton Town Flag of England.svg Newham Flag of England.svg England U20 Age 17 vs. Nottingham Forest, FA Cup, 5 January 2014 Sam Allardyce
Callum Driver DF10Free agent Flag of England.svg Sidcup Age 21 vs. Nottingham Forest, FA Cup, 5 January 2014 Sam Allardyce
Sebastian Lletget MF10 Flag of the United States.svg LA Galaxy Flag of the United States.svg San Francisco Flag of the United States.svg United States Age 20 vs. Nottingham Forest, FA Cup, 5 January 2014 Sam Allardyce
Blair Turgott MF10 Flag of Sweden.svg Östersunds Flag of England.svg Bromley Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica Age 19 vs. Nottingham Forest, FA Cup, 5 January 2014 Sam Allardyce
Josh Cullen MF100 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht Flag of England.svg Westcliff-on-Sea Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Age 19 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 2 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Reece Oxford DF170 Flag of Germany.svg Augsburg Flag of England.svg Edmonton Flag of England.svg England U20 Age 16 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 2 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Lewis Page DF30 Flag of England.svg Harrogate Town Flag of England.svg Enfield Age 19 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 2 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Djair Parfitt-Williams ST20 Flag of Iceland.svg Fylkir Flag of Bermuda.svg Hamilton Age 18 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 2 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Amos NashaMF10 Flag of England.svg Hayes & Yeading United Flag of England.svg Finchley Age 19 vs. Lusitanos, Europa League, 9 July 2015 Slaven Bilić
Jordan Brown FW10 Flag of Iceland.svg Fylkir Flag of England.svg Brent Flag of England.svg England U17 Age 18 vs. Astra Giurgiu, Europa League, 6 August 2015 Slaven Bilić
Kyle Knoyle DF10 Flag of England.svg Doncaster Rovers Flag of England.svg Newham Flag of England.svg England U18 Age 18 vs. Astra Giurgiu, Europa League, 6 August 2015 Slaven Bilić
Marcus Browne MF10 Flag of England.svg Middlesbrough Flag of England.svg London Age 18 vs. Astra Giurgiu, Europa League, 18 August 2016 Slaven Bilić
Declan Rice MF1455 Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of England.svg Kingston upon Thames Flag of England.svg England Age 18 vs. Burnley, Premier League, 21 May 2017 Slaven Bilić
Conor Coventry MF30 Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of England.svg Waltham Forest Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U21 Age 18 vs. Macclesfield Town, League Cup, 26 August 2018 Manuel Pellegrini
Grady Diangana MF212 Flag of England.svg West Bromwich Albion Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Democratic Republic of Congo Flag of England.svg England U21 Age 20 vs. Macclesfield Town, League Cup, 26 August 2018 Manuel Pellegrini
Joe Powell MF10 Flag of England.svg Burton Albion Flag of England.svg Canning Town Age 19 vs. Macclesfield Town, League Cup, 26 August 2018 Manuel Pellegrini
Ben Johnson DF241 Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of England.svg Waltham Forest Age 19 vs. Manchester City, Premier League, 27 February 2019 Manuel Pellegrini
Jeremy Ngakia DF50 Flag of England.svg Watford [35] Flag of England.svg Deptford Age 19 vs. Liverpool, Premier League, 29 January 2020 David Moyes
Harrison Ashby DF20 Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of England.svg Milton Keynes Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland U19 Age 18 vs. Charlton Athletic, League Cup, 15 September 2020 David Moyes
Aji Alese DF10 Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of England.svg Islington Flag of England.svg England U19 Age 19 vs. Hull City, League Cup, 21 September 2020 David Moyes
Emmanuel Longelo MF10 Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of England.svg England Age 19 vs. Hull City, League Cup, 21 September 2020 David Moyes
Ademipo Odubeko FW20 Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of Ireland.svg Tallaght Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland U17 Age 18 vs. Stockport County, FA Cup, 11 January 2021 David Moyes
Nathan Trott GK10 Flag of France.svg Nancy (on loan from West Ham United) Flag of Bermuda.svg Bermuda Flag of England.svg England U20 Age 22 vs. Doncaster Rovers, FA Cup, 23 January 2021 David Moyes
Jamal Baptiste DF10 Flag of England.svg West Ham United Flag of England.svg England U17 Age 17 vs. Doncaster Rovers, FA Cup, 23 January 2021 David Moyes

Other players

These players either trained at the Academy but never played for West Ham first team or trained at multiple clubs in their youth. Only permanent spells are shown.

Career: 1992–2011; Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Notts County, Newcastle United
International caps: 73 caps, 1 goal (Flag of England.svg  England )
Career: 1998–2018; Chelsea, Aston Villa
International caps: 78 caps, 8 goals (Flag of England.svg  England )
Career: 2002–2016; Manchester United, Sunderland, Fulham, Aston Villa, Cardiff City
International caps: 8 caps, 2 goals (Flag of England.svg  England )
Career: 2002–2015; Grays Athletic, Southend United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Coventry City
International caps: 11 caps, 4 goals (Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales )
Career: 2002–2015; Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Esteghlal, Paykan, Egerton
International caps: 2 caps, 0 goals (Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago )
Career: 2000–2014; Barnet, Chesham United, Oldham Athletic, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Watford
Career: 2003–; Dunfermline Athletic, St Mirren, Gençlerbirliği, Samsunspor, Perth Glory, Bangkok Glass, Dempo, Kedah FA, Sarawak FA, Tampines Rovers, DPMM, Merit Alsancak Yeşilova
International caps: 5 caps, 4 goals (Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg  Northern Cyprus )
Career: 1997–2012: Corinthian, Dartford, Gravesend & Northfleet, Peterborough United, Wigan Athletic, Fulham, Hull City, Ipswich Town, Milton Keynes Dons
Career: 2012–: Wycombe Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa

English top division

English 2nd tier or below

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