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Crystal Palace U18s 2-1 Coventry City U18s – Young Eagles end Sky Blues’ 11 match winning run

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It is perhaps a little premature to herald a new dawn for Crystal Palace’s academy, but in the early Spring sunshine, a very young U18 side produced a superb performance to end Coventry City’s 11-game winning run with a 2-1 victory at Goals. Two consecutive wins for this inexperienced U18 side, containing just a single second-year scholar in Sam Woods ... Read More »

Young Players selected in EFL Teams of the Year

Ollie Watkins and Brad Potts

Only two young players have been named in the EFL Teams of the Year. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) and Brad Potts (Blackpool) were named in the team for League Two. Read more: Inside the Manchester City Academy: An interview with director, Mark Allen No U23s were selected for the Championship or League One XI’s. Exeter’s Ollie Watkins has had a brilliant ... Read More »

Match Report: Crystal Palace U18s put topsy-turvy season behind them with convincing 3-0 win over Hull City U18s

Palace U18s

Crystal Palace U18s have had a productive, but somewhat topsy-turvy season, but a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Hull City saw them put in their best performance of the campaign. The young Eagles sit third in the Professional Development U18 League 2 South with no prospect of gaining ground on leaders Charlton or second placed Coventry City, but goals from James ... Read More »

Ryan Sessegnon: Who is the young Fulham starlet and why are comparisons with Gareth Bale warranted?

Ryan Sessegnon further enhanced his reputation with a brace away at Newcastle United this weekend

All fans love seeing a young player make their professional debut. Excitement, thrill and anticipation of seeing a potential new star. Also a sign the academy is producing the next generation. We have seen plenty of famous professional debuts from young players of recent: Macheda & Rashford are two prime examples of dreams literally being made on the pitch. These ... Read More »

Inside the Manchester City Academy: An interview with director, Mark Allen

Manchester City academy director, Mark Allen

This is a fuller version of a piece I wrote for the Daily Telegraph back in October. You can read that piece, here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/10/29/how-manchester-city-are-revolutionising-the-entire-football-acad/  Thank you to Manchester City for providing the access, and to Mark Allen for showing me around their wonderful facilities. Jump on the Metrolink tram at Manchester Piccadilly for four stops and you’ll arrive at Manchester City’s ... Read More »

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