Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Tottenham Hotspur
Full nameTottenham Hotspur Football Club
Nickname(s)Spurs, The Lilywhites
GroundHotspur Way, Enfield,
London, England
ChairmanDaniel Levy
ManagerDean Rastrick
Wayne Burnett (Under-23s)
LeaguePremier League 2
U18 Premier League

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy is the youth system of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The academy was created to train and develop players from the age of eight all the way through to the age of 23. Many of those who have progressed through Tottenham's academy have gone on to sign professional contracts and several have represented their country at full international level.

The reserves in recent times have been known as the Development Squad to reflect the purpose of producing players for the first team. Though matches are billed as under 21, three overage players are allowed which gives the club the opportunity to give senior squad players a chance to play and keep or build up match fitness, often following an injury.

They have won one Premier Reserve League South title since the league's formation in 1999 and were runners-up in the inaugural Barclays U21 Premiership League which took over from 2012.

Historical reserve team[edit]

Prior to the formation of the academy, the reserve team played in the Football Combination. This was founded as the London Combination and originally consisted of London-based first teams, with reserve teams taking over in 1919. From 1926, clubs outside of London were admitted and the name of the league changed to the Football Combination. Tottenham's reserves were winners in seasons 1919–20, 1921–22, 1925–26, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89 and 1994–95.

In 1999 the FA Premier Reserve League was founded and Tottenham's reserve team moved to that competition, remaining until the end of the 2008–09 season. Tottenham reserves won the FA Premier Reserve League, southern division, in season 2005–06.

Historical youth team[edit]

In 1923, Tottenham entered into an arrangement which saw Tottenham youngsters turn out for Northfleet United in the Kent League and associated cup competitions.[1] Northfleet were Kent League Cup winners in 1923–24,[2] and Kent League Division 1 champions in 1925–26, during which they scored 172 goals in a 36 match season. They won the Kent Senior Cup for five successive seasons between 1923–24 and 1927–28.

Northfleet United joined the Southern League Eastern Section in 1927–28 but left in 1930 and rejoined the Kent League.[3] In 1931, the arrangement between the clubs was upgraded to full nursery team status[1] and this heralded a period during which they scored a minimum of 110 goals in league competition each season. Northfleet were Kent League Division 1 Championship and Kent League Cup double winners in 1931–32 and 1934–35, league champions in 1935–36, and double winners again in 1936–37 (completing a hat-trick as league champions). They were Kent Senior Cup winners in 1937–38, and Kent League Division 1 champions again in 1938–39.

With the outbreak of the Second World War, league competition ceased as did the nursery team arrangement.

Tottenham Hotspur's youth team, for players aged 18 and under and known as Tottenham's 'A' team, was entered into the Eastern Counties League in 1948.[4] They won the League Cup in their first season and the league title and the East Anglian Cup in their second. In 1957–58 they again won both the league and East Anglian Cup and went on to win the League Cup the following season. They won three consecutive league titles in 1959–60, 1960–61 and 1961–62. During their time in the Eastern Counties League the team played at White Hart Lane, as well as at Hoddesdon Town's Lowfield Ground (1950–51), the Hoddesdon Sports Arena (1951–52) and Brookfields Lane in Cheshunt (1952–1963).

In 1963 they moved to the Metropolitan League, winning the League Cup in 1963–64, the League Cup and Professional Cup in 1964–65 and the league itself in 1966–67.[5]

In 1969 the youth team moved to the South East Counties League, winning it in seasons 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1978–79, 1980–81, the five seasons 1985–86 through to 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93 and 1994–95.[4] The youth team also won the national FA Youth Cup in 1970, 1974 and 1990. The team first won the South East Counties League Cup in 1985 and followed this with victories in 1986, 1988, 1991 (jointly), 1992, 1993, 1996 and 1997.

The youth team's reserves, otherwise known as the juniors or colts and consisting primarily of younger players, also took part in the South East Counties League. The league was originally split into Senior League and Junior League but from season 1985–86 it was Division One for the youth team and Division Two for the juniors.

The FA Premier Youth League was formed in 1997 and expanded in 1998 to be renamed the FA Premier Academy League, and the youth team left the South East Counties League.

The Academy[edit]

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy coaches young footballers from the ages of 8 to 18 involving approximately 150 young players, looked after by 30 full-time and part-time staff. The academy features a network of 35 scouts who are tasked with finding the best local, national and international talent. Whilst under 16, in the Youth development phase, players are coached or play in the evenings and the weekend whilst they are in full-time education. On reaching 16, the best players are offered a place in the U18s Academy on a full-time 2 year Scholarship contract. This provides an academic programme alongside their football commitments. Players will usually progress through first and second years of the professional development phase whereupon on completion, they will be either offered a professional contract or be released. Where a player is borderline or has been held back because of injury there is the option of offering a third year at the academy by exception.

Notable players to come through the Tottenham Hotspur Academy include Harry Kane, Ledley King, Jake Livermore, Ryan Mason, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend, Kyle Walker-Peters and Harry Winks, all of whom have gone on to represent their country at international level.

In 2017 the newly retired and former Tottenham player Scott Parker was appointed in charge of the Under-18s.[6][7] In July 2018, Parker left Tottenham to return to his last club, Fulham, serving as first-team coach.[8] The current Under-18 manager is Stuart Lewis, who was appointed in July 2021[9] to replace Matt Taylor, who had been in place since 2019.[10]

The current Academy Manager is Dean Rastrick, who stepped up from Academy Performance Manager in 2020.[11] Rastrick succeeded John McDermott after the latter left to become the Football Association's assistant, then only months later new, technical director.[12] McDermott had been working at Tottenham's academy for 15 years.

Development squad[edit]

Players who have progressed through the academy and have shown the potential to play at a higher level are offered professional contracts and will then join the Development Squad, the successor to the reserve team. The Development Squad may also be joined by Under-21 players signed from other clubs or free agents who have proved themselves in trials at the club. The purpose of the Development Squad is to produce new players for the First Team though breaking into the senior squad is no easy feat for a young player. As well as playing in Under-21 games players may be loaned out to other clubs in lower leagues or sometimes clubs abroad to give them experience and to aid their development.

Clive Allen became the manager of the reserve team at the beginning of the 2005–06 season. Home games at that time were played at Broadhall Way, the home ground of Stevenage Borough. From the 2007–08 season home matches were played at Leyton Orient's home ground, the Matchroom Stadium. The club announced on 12 June 2009 that for the 2009–10 season it would not be entering a team in the Reserve League. Instead the reserve players would be loaned out for first team experience, and if necessary friendly matches would be arranged as required during the season to test out players returning from injury.[13]

After not participating in the Reserve League for three seasons the club agreed to play in the newly formed Barclays U21 Premiership League from season 2012–13.

In July 2014, former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu was appointed Under-21 Team Coach following a period of part-time work within the academy.[14] On 20 April 2017, Ehiogu went into cardiac arrest after collapsing at Tottenham's training ground and died the following day at the age of 44.[15] Two months later, Tottenham announced that they had appointed former Dagenham and Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett as Ehiogu's successor.[16] Burnett currently has the title of Under-23 manager.[17]

Notable seasons[edit]

2005–06 season[edit]

New manager Clive Allen led the reserve team to their first FA Premier Reserve League South title, staying top of the table from mid-December and losing just three times during the league season. In the Barclays Premiership Reserve League Play-Off, contested by the winners of the Southern and Northern Reserve League titles, Tottenham Reserves lost 2–0 to Manchester United Reserves at Old Trafford.

2012–13 season[edit]

Tottenham Under-21s won Group 2 of the Barclays U21 Premiership League in the first half of the season which qualified them for the Elite Group, which they also won. This put them through to the end of the season knock-out competition where they progressed all the way to the final, eventually losing 3–2 to Manchester United Under-21s.

2022–23 season[edit]

In May 2023, Tottenham Under-18s won the Under-18 Premier League Cup,[18] adding to the Under-17 version won the previous month.[19] Both teams were managed by Stuart Lewis.




  • Eurofoot Tournament
    • Winners (2): 2007, 2011
  • Premier League Champions Cup
    • Winners (1): 2014




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

No. Pos. Nation Player
43 MF England ENG Nile John
45 MF England ENG Alfie Devine
46 DF England ENG Malachi Fagan-Walcott
47 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Jamie Bowden
48 DF Estonia EST Maksim Paskotši
49 DF England ENG Marqes Muir
50 DF Sierra Leone SLE Kallum Cesay
51 MF Scotland SCO Matthew Craig
53 DF England ENG Brooklyn Lyons-Foster
No. Pos. Nation Player
54 GK Republic of Ireland IRL Josh Keeley
55 MF England ENG Romaine Mundle
56 DF England ENG Charlie Sayers
57 MF England ENG Max Robson
58 MF Spain ESP Yago Santiago
60 DF England ENG Tyrell Ashcroft [20]
61 GK Republic of Ireland IRL Aaron Maguire
67 FW England ENG Roshaun Mathurin
FW England ENG Jude Soonsup-Bell

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
39 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Troy Parrott (at Preston North End until end of season)[21]
No. Pos. Nation Player
44 FW England ENG Dane Scarlett (at Portsmouth F.C. until end of season)


Second Year Academy Players[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
62 FW England ENG Will Lankshear
63 FW Northern Ireland NIR Jamie Donley (professional) [22]
65 DF England ENG Alfie Dorrington
70 FW England ENG Jaden Williams
71 DF England ENG Maxwell McKnight (professional)
73 DF England ENG Jahziah Linton (professional)
74 DF Wales WAL Will Andiyapan (professional)
No. Pos. Nation Player
77 MF England ENG George Abbott (professional)
80 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Thomas Bloxham
82 MF England ENG Rio Kyerematen (professional) [23]
84 MF England ENG Riley Owen
86 DF England ENG Brandon Bryan-Waugh
93 MF England ENG Billy Heaps
GK England ENG Luca Gunter

First Year Academy Players[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
85 DF England ENG Archie Chaplin
87 FW England ENG Damola Ajayi
GK England ENG Carey Bloedorn
GK Albania ALB Elliot Krasniqi
DF England ENG Pele Arganese-McDermott (professional) [24]
DF England ENG Maeson King
DF England ENG James Rowswell
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF England ENG Zach Simons
MF England ENG Leo Black
MF England ENG Tyrese Hall
MF England ENG Kieran Morgan
MF England ENG Gabriel Han Willhoft-King
FW Morocco MAR Yusuf Akhamrich
FW England ENG Oliver Irow

Notable Tottenham Hotspur F.C. youth team players or Academy graduates[edit]

The following list of youth team players or Academy graduates appeared in a competitive first team fixture for Tottenham Hotspur and have been capped in a full international since the Second World War. Players still currently playing for the club are in bold. Other still active players are in italics.

The following list of youth team or Academy players have been capped in a full international since the Second World War but never played in a competitive first team game for Tottenham. Players still currently playing for the club are in bold. Other still active players are in italics.

The following additional list of youth team players or Academy graduates although uncapped in a full international have appeared in 100 or more competitive fixtures for the Tottenham Hotspur first team since the Second World War. Players still currently playing for the club are in bold. Other still active players are in italics.

Academy management and support staff[edit]

Role[25] Name
Academy Manager & Head of Operations & Performance Dean Rastrick
Performance director Grétar Steinsson
Assistant performance director Andy Scoulding
Head of Player Development, Under-17 to Under-23 Chris Powell
Assistant Head of Player Development, Under-17 to Under-23 Nigel Gibbs
Professional Development Phase Coach Paul Bracewell
Head of Academy Football Development Gary Broadhurst
Under-23 Manager Wayne Burnett
Under-18 Manager Stuart Lewis
Pastoral Development, Under-17 to Under-23 Troy Archibald-Henville
Head of Coaching Methodology Simon Davies[26]
Head of Academy Goalkeeping Perry Suckling
Goalkeeping Coach Dean Brill
Goalkeeping Coach Aaron Tillbrook
Academy Coach and College Head Coach Ryan Hall
Academy Coach and Club Ambassador Jermain Defoe[27]
Academy Coach Bradley Allen
Academy Coach Will Antwi
Academy Coach Aaron Cato
Academy Coach Sam Cox[28]
Academy Coach Trevor Duberry, JP
Academy Coach Glen Hicks
Academy Coach Connor McEnroe
Academy Coach Joe Staunton
Academy Coach Tony Tillbrook
Academy Coach Under-16 Yaya Touré[29]
Head of Academy Physical Development Matt Allen
Academy Fitness Coach Under-18 Chris Riley
Head Coach, Football Development Centre Paul Griffiths[30]
Head of Academy Scouting Paul Lowe[31]
Academy Recruitment Officer Jason Hogg
Academy Head of Education Trevor Webb
Academy Education Assistant Helene Michaels
Academy Administration Manager Luke Godfrey
Player Care Manager Tina Gold
Transport Manager and Welfare Officer Nick Boulli
Academy Kit Manager Tavish Mahandru
Development/Academy Kit Assistant Stanley White
Senior International Development Coach Anton Blackwood
Head of Global Football Development Andy Rogers
Lead Global Development Coach Jamal Rose
Global Development Coach Shaun Harris
Global Development Coach Ryan Hervel
Global Development Coach Shannon Moloney
Global Development Coach Frankie Rogers

Manager history[edit]

Reserve team manager / Head of development[edit]

The role of Reserve Team Manager was often filled by the club's Assistant Manager.

There was no reserve team during World War 2.

There was no reserve team 2009–2012.

  • 2012–2016 ???
  • England John McDermott (Head of coaching and development 2016–2020)[44] Note 1
  • England Wayne Burnett (Under-23 manager 2017–present)
  • England Dean Rastrick (Academy Manager and Head of operations and performance 2020–present)
  • England Ryan Mason (Head of player development Under-17 to Under-23 2020–2021)

Note 1McDermott was already Head of coaching and development but it was not until 2016 that he was put in charge of all teams below the first team, and was therefore the notional reserve team manager.

Under-18 manager / Youth team manager[edit]

Prior to 1969 Tottenham did not have a full-time youth team manager.[45] Jimmy Anderson was in charge of the Northfleet nursery team from 1934 to 1939 and was arguably the Tottenham youth team manager in all but name.[46]
Sometimes the Under-18 manager is referred to as the Under-18 coach.

Academy manager / Academy director[edit]

The titles 'Academy manager' and 'Academy director' seem to be interchangeable.


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