Ipswich Town F.C. Under-23s and Academy


Ipswich Town Football Club currently runs a Category Two Academy, with a five-year plan to improve to Category One, which is run by Bryan Klug.[1] The youth teams play their home games at the Ipswich Town Training Centre at Playford Road in Ipswich, Suffolk, while some home games are played at Portman Road.[2]

Ipswich Town Academy
Full nameIpswich Town Football Club Under-23s and Academy
Nickname(s)The Blues, The Tractor Boys, Town
GroundIpswich Town Football Club Training Centre, Playford Road, Ipswich
Portman Road
Capacity1,000 (Playford Road)
30,311 (Portman Road)
OwnerGamechanger 20 Ltd.
ChairmanMike O'Leary
ManagerKieron Dyer (U23s)
Adem Atay (U18s)
LeagueProfessional Development League 2 (South Division)

Some of Ipswich's greatest ever players have come through the club's youth system since the 1960s, including Roger Osborne, Mick Mills, Russell Osman, George Burley, John Wark, Terry Butcher and Jason Dozzell.[3] The academy was also very successful during the 1990s, producing a number of first-team players including Richard Wright, Titus Bramble, James Scowcroft and Kieron Dyer.[4] More recently, players such as Connor Wickham, who became the youngest Ipswich player to ever play for the first-team, making his debut at 16 years and 11 days old and Andre Dozzell, son of Jason Dozzell, who like his father went on to score in his debut for the club at the age of 16, have both graduated from the academy.[5][6]

Under-23s squad


As of 13 June 2021[7]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
35 FW  ENG Ben Morris
40 MF  ENG Tommy Hughes
42 MF  ENG Brett McGavin
46 DF  IDN Elkan Baggott
47 FW  ENG Tyreece Simpson
48 MF  ENG Liam Gibbs
49 DF  ENG Dylan Crowe
50 DF  ENG Tommy Smith
51 MF  IRL Matthew Healy
52 MF  ENG Ross Crane
No. Pos. Nation Player
54 MF  ZIM Tawanda Chirewa
55 MF  ENG Zanda Siziba
57 DF  NED Levi Andoh
58 DF  ENG Albie Armin
59 FW  ENG Jack Manly
GK  ENG Bert White
DF  ENG Bailey Clements
MF  ENG Callum Page
MF  FRA Lounes Foudil

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. Nation Player
45 FW  AUS Ben Folami (at Melbourne Victory until 31 May 2021)

Under-18s squad


As of 14 July 2020[8]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK  POL Antoni Bort
GK  WAL Lewis Ridd
DF  ENG Ben Wyss
DF  NIR Cameron Stewart
DF  ENG Brooklyn Kabongolo
DF  ENG Dylan Ruffles
DF  ENG Harry Knock
DF  ENG Louie Fehrenbach
DF  ENG Sean Stephenson
MF  ENG Alfie Cutbush
MF  ENG Cameron Humphreys
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF  IRL Connor O'Reilly
MF  ENG Fraser Alexander
MF  ENG Joe Clifford
MF  IND Nyan Mesuria
MF  ENG Teddy Baker
FW  NIR Colin Oppong
FW  ENG Harley Curtis
FW  ENG Lewis Reed
FW  ENG Michael Bareck
FW  ENG Mohammed Hoque
FW  NGA Ola Bello

Academy coaching staff


Position Name
Head of Coaching & Player Development Bryan Klug
Under-23 Manager Kieron Dyer
Under-18 Manager Adem Atay
Head of Academy Goalkeeping Carl Pentney
Head of Youth Development Phase Sam Darlow
Head of Foundation Phase Simon Tricker
Head of Academy Recruitment Scott Mitchell
Head of Academy Performance Analysis Adam Cuthbert
Player Care Manager Alice Grindrod
Senior Academy Physiotherapist Jack Wilce
Academy Sports Therapist Paul Barnes
Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach Harry Jell
Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach Calum Daley

Notable academy players


The following is a list of players who have played in the Ipswich Town youth system and gone on to make senior appearances at Championship level or above. Players who are currently playing for the club are highlighted in bold. Players who never made a senior appearance for the club are in italics.

Academy Player of the Year


Dale Roberts Academy Player of the Year
Year Name Ref
2001–02 Will Snowdon [9]
2002–03 Darren Bent [10]
2003–04 Dean Bowditch [11]
2004–05 Billy Clarke [12]
2005–06 Chris Casement [13]
2006–07 Tommy Smith [14]
2007–08 Jordan Rhodes [15]
2008–09 Connor Wickham [16]
2009–10 Tom Eastman [17]
2010–11 Josh Carson [18]
2011–12 Gunnar Thorsteinsson [19]
2012–13 Jack Marriott [20]
2013–14 Kyle Hammond [21]
2014–15 Teddy Bishop [22]
2015–16 Andre Dozzell [23]
2016–17 Tristan Nydam [24]
2017–18 Flynn Downes [25]
2018–19 Jack Lankester [26]
2019–20 Not awarded[nb 1] [27]

Youth honours


Reserves/Under-23s

Academy

League
Cups

Notes


  1. No Young Player of the Year award was given due to the Coronavirus outbreak resulting in the early curtailment of the 2019–20 season, and the cancellation of the Supporters' Club annual event.

References


  1. "Management Team". Ipswich Town F.C. Archived from the original on 8 June 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. "Ipswich Town 6–2 Bolton". Ipswich Town Official Website. 9 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
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  4. Watson, Stuart (30 March 2015). "Ipswich Town academy director Bryan Klug on 'special' talent, Category One latest, competing with Norwich and being sacked by Roy Keane". East Anglian Daily Times. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  5. Pearce, Steve (4 May 2016). "Andre and Ben fly the flag for Town Academy in U17 European Championship squad". Ipswich Town F.C. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. "Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 16 April 2016. Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
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  8. "Ipswich Town – U23 and U18 Teams". Ipswich Town F.C. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  9. "Snowdon Wins Award". TWTD. 29 April 2002. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  10. "I Want to Stay - Pablo". TWTD. 28 April 2003. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  11. "Westy Player of the Year". twtd.co.uk (Those Were The Days). 2 May 2004. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  12. "Davis Wins Players' Award". twtd.co.uk (Those Were The Days). 3 May 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  13. "Casement Wins Youth Gong". TWTD. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  14. "Legwinski Players' Player". TWTD. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  15. "Walters Wins Players' Player Award". TWTD. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  16. "Richard Wright Wins Supporters Player of the Year". TWTD. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  17. "McAuley Player of the Year". TWTD. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  18. "Bullard Player of the Year". TWTD. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  19. "Cresswell Player of the Year". TWTD. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  20. "Smith Named Player of the Year". TWTD. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  21. "Berra Player of the Year". TWTD. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  22. "Murphy Players' Player of the Year". TWTD. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  23. "Bialkowski Wins Player of the Year". TWTD. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  24. "Lawrence Wins Players' Player of the Year". TWTD. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  25. Heath, Mark (2 May 2018). "Bialkowski a double winner at Town's end of season awards as Celina claims best goal". East Anglian Daily Times. Ipswich. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  26. "Chambo Named Player Of The Year". Ipswich Town. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  27. "No Player of the Year Award for 2019/20". TWTD.co.uk.