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OTPN INTERVIEW: Bournemouth and England U20 captain Lewis Cook on Leeds to the Premier League and beyond

Richard Amofa with Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook had just walked out of the changing room. Warm up done. Kit administered. Shinpads applied. Before him stood the imposing figure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Wayne Rooney too. Cook was about the make his Premier League debut, and there is no bigger introduction to the Premier League stage than an encounter with Manchester United. “Seeing them all in the ... 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 »

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:  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 »

Chelsea U21s 1 Oxford United 1 – Checkatrade Trophy: Young blues win 13-12 on penalties after 34-spot kick shoot out


By Rebecca Chaplin at Stamford Bridge Chelsea’s U21s ended their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with an exhausting penalty shoot-out victory against League One side Oxford United at Stamford Bridge last night – with an astonishing 34 spot kicks being taken altogether. At times the shoot-out seemed a lesson in how not to take penalties, with Oxford United’s Wes Thomas missing twice ... Read More »

Brentford B 3 Man Utd U23 2: Five things we learned

Chris Mepham celebrates

Nicky Butt the new man in charge! Nicky Butt has taken over as Manchester United’ Under-23 interim manager after Warren Joyce has left for the manager’s job at Wigan Athletic. Nicky Butt will be pleased with his new role but after his first match in charge he will not be relishing the work that needs to be done in order ... Read More »

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