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Former Crystal Palace midfielder Rob Quinn: ‘Young players need opportunities, they need someone who believes in them’

Rob Quinn

Rewind 21 years. The 19-year-old Rob Quinn watches, dumbfounded, as Steve Claridge’s shin sends the ball past Nigel Martyn and into the goal in the final minute of extra-time in the First Division play-off Final. May 27, 1996 is a day he will never forget. On only his third start for Crystal Palace since progressing through the youth system, he ... 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 »

Chelsea U21s 1 Oxford United 1 – Checkatrade Trophy: Five things we learned from Young Blues’ penalty shoot-out win

Josimar Quintero gave Chelsea the lead (Pic: Chelsea FC)

No matter what people say, the EFL Trophy is beneficial for the young players involved Although the EFL Trophy has been met with disdain by some, there is no doubt that the experience for the young players has been worthwhile experience – with last night’s game affirming this even more. Coming into the game, Chelsea had lost both of their ... 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 »

Joe Hart to Torino and 11 other Brits playing abroad this season

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Few would’ve predicted at the start of the transfer window that David Luiz would end up back at Chelsea, Jack Wilshire would be on a season-long loan at Bournemouth, and that England’s number one, frozen out by new boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, would find himself in Italy at Serie A side Torino, but that’s football, it’s unpredicatble, unforgiving, ... Read More »

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