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Yorkshire Blue

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A thread to keep track of the academy intakes.

Players who have played for the first team in bold.

Class of 2016
https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2016/april/eight-players-secure-scholarships-with-blues/
Nathan Bishop
Taylor Curran - sold to Swindon
Harry Cuthbert - presumed gone
Yonis Farah - left May 2018
Eren Kinali - offered further year May 2019
Sewa Marah - left May 2019 Zak Pianim - offered further year May 2019
Dru Yearwood



Class of 2017
https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2017/september/first-year-scholars-presented-at-rochdale-game/

Harry Seaden - offered further year May 2019
Dan Humphries (2016) - released May 2019
Ide Osimeh - offered further year May 2019
Marley Hutchings - presumed long gone
Sam Knock - offered further year May 2019
Miles Mitchell-Nelson - offered further year May 2019
Jon Benton - offered further year May 2019
O'Shane Stewart - offered further year May 2019
Terrel Egbri - offered further year May 2019
Matthew Rush - offered further year May 2019
Emilie Acquah (2016) - offered further year May 2019

Class of 2018

Callum Taylor
Reiss Chandler
Ben Dabbs
Sam Brogan
Freddy Eastwood Jnr
Issa Mpenga
Charlie Kelman

Ahmet Biler (2nd year)

Class of 2019

Richard Taylor (3rd year)


Has anyone got any information on the latest lot or previous years?
 
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A thread to keep track of the academy intakes.

Players who have played for the first team in bold.

Class of 2016
https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2016/april/eight-players-secure-scholarships-with-blues/
Nathan Bishop
Taylor Curran - sold to Swindon
Harry Cuthbert
Yonis Farah
Eren Kinali
Sewa Marah
Zak Pianim
Dru Yearwood



Class of 2017
https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2017/september/first-year-scholars-presented-at-rochdale-game/

Harry Seaden
Dan Humphries
Ide Osimeh
Marley Hutchings
Sam Knock
Miles Mitchell-Nelson
Jon Benton
O'Shane Stewart
Terrel Egbri
Matthew Rush
Emilie Acquah

Class of 2018

Were this lot introduced to the Roots Hall faithful? Think it includes players like Sam Brogan and a certain Freddy Eastwood Jr

Has anyone got any information on the latest lot or previous years?

2018 scholars (were not introduced to the Roots Hall crowd at any stage):
Callum Taylor
Reiss Chandler
Ben Dabbs
Sam Brogan
Freddy Eastwood Jnr
Issa Mpenga
Charlie Kelman

We also brought in a second-year, Ahmet Biler
 

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Players who have played for the first team in bold.


Class of 2008
Jamie Dennis
Adetayo Osifuwa- joined Bowers from Canvey in 2019
Duran Reynolds - signed for Dagenham in 2010 but never played for them
John Owinja
Callum Whittaker
Justin Hazell - was given a debut as 90th minute sub in the FA Cup as a 16 year old but aged 18 opted to move to Braintree and hasn't progressed. Is now in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division with Leigh Ramblers (one goal from eight appearances this season).
Merrick James-Lewis - released May 2019 after one sub appearance. Last seen, appropriately, at Lewes.
Marcus Milner - made one 87th minute sub appearance but can say he played senior football against Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Ricky Lambert. Has subsequently played for Ware and Brentwood.
Medi Abalimba - sold to Derby, was later convicted of impersonating a footballer. In jail he had an affair with a 50 year old prison wardeness.
Kyle Asante - scored 1 goal in 1 start and 8 sup appearances for us. Released in May 2012 he's bobbled around local non-league with spells at the like of Aveley, Bishop's Stortford, Billericay and Great Wakering. Last seen according to wiki 2017
Harry Crawford - released by Southend in May 2012 after 3 league goals (including a penalty) in 33 appearances; he improbably joined L2 Barnet after 12 goals in 24 games for Conference Dartford. At Underhill he scored once in 10 matches before getting relegated back to non-league. Aged 28, he's playing in the Southern Football League Premier Division for Kings Langley.

Class of 2009
Dan Bentley
Kane Ferdinand

George Smith
Julian Okai
Teddy Nesbitt
James Stevens
Alex Woodyard

Hicham Abdellah
Duane Ofori-Acheampong

Class of 2010
Ryan Auger
Jack Paxman
Fope Coker
Shamir Mullings
Anthony Furlonge
Michael Hyland
Luke Chambers
Louis Baucutt
Rhys Mackay

Class of 2011
Mitchell Pinnock - released by Phil Brown he worked his way back up into the league after a strong spell with Dover and was with Wimbledon for 2 years. In the summer he joined SPL side Kilmarnock.
Jack Edwards - I think this might be him - was at Brentwood last season per @Exiled Shrimper
Aaron Tatham - was at Canvey last season
Seedy Njie - he made a solitary sub appearance in the League Cup. Has since done the local non-league rounds with spells at Billericay, Chelmsford and Cray Wanderers
Jack Payne - he left after his contract expired in 2016, joining Huddersfield. As he was under 24 we got compensation for him. After several loan spells he had a year at Lincoln andjoined Swindon on a two year deal this summer.
Lyle Della-Verde - sold to Fulham Aug 2011
Michael Hassini - believed last seen being sentenced for Nile Ranger style fraud
George Artemi (joined as an 18 year old)
Marlon Agyakwa - most recently at Tilbury

Class of 2012
Ted Smith - released in May 2019, he twice went on trial at Spurs and came close to returning to Southend but retired from football in April 2020. Now has a goalkeeping glove company.
Jack Bridge - moved to Northampton for an undisclosed fee in January 2018. From there he moved to Carlisle and was on trial at Boots and Laces this summer but with the embargo was unable to agree a deal and instead ended up at Concord
Daniel King - now at SUCET
Kane Farrell (class of 2012) is now with Biggleswade Town in Southern League Premier Division Central. @Exiled Shrimper saw him come on as a second-half substitute in The FA Cup at Leiston earlier this season.
Michael Ademuliyi
Josh Banton - was playing at Uni in Canada https://gowolfpack.ca/sports/mens-soccer/roster/josh-banton/366
Jason Williams - @mrsblue's favourite was released in May 2017 and signed for Concord but moved to Bishop Stortford before the season had even started. Most recently seen at Tonbridge
Daniel Snook
Charlie Barlow - now at SUCET

Class of 2013
Emmanuel Adeyeye - has played a few games for Farnborough and for Norwegian clubs Nybergsund, NIL-Trysil and Brattvag IL
Dan Matsuzaka - released May 2018. After a spell in Japan, he played at Sutton and Braintree in the National League before joining Oxford City in the National League South
Jordan Alawode-Williams - joined Bristol Rovers development squad after being released in 2017. Had a loan spell at Poole Town who he joined 31/7/18 and left 28/1/19 after 29 appearances. Last seen at Farnborough.
Nico Cotton - released May 2018. Had a spell at Lewes and was last seen at Isthmian SE side Haywards Heath
Freddie Gard - Lewis' older brother had spells at Isthmian Premier Brightlingsea Regent prior to join Aveley where has has 6 assists in 7 appearances.
Ross Johnson - there's a Ross Johnson at Southend United Community & Education Trust
Macauley Keating
Harry Norman - is at Ramsgate, the step below the Isthmian Premier, and has captained the side.
Brandon Scott - released in March 2016, he joined Cray Wanderers, where he was described as the ‘non league Yannick Bolasie’ with the Sun reporting that Palace and Stoke were vying for his signature. A year later he was still at the Bostik South side.


Class of 2014
Josh Bexon - released May 2019. Has played twice this season for Dover having joined the National League side in August 2020,
Josh Macree
Sonny Coutts - now seems to be player manager at Sunday League Rayleigh Town
Abdul Salami - joined Isthmian South-East Ramsgate in June 2020
Renei Batlowka - released May 2019. The Botswanan international started 2 FL Trophy games for Southend. Last seen at Canvey last season
Joe Bedford - joined Dover from Southend in December 2018. Last seen on loan at Dulwich Hamlet in January
Harry Phillips - still at Southend. Has made 2 league starts and one sub appearance
George Burton
Norman Wabo released May 2019 - joined Isthmian Premier Margate in October.
Dan Walker - Released May 2018. Was at Isthmian North Great Wakering. Now is back at Hullbridge Sports in Isthmian North.


Class of 2015
Elvis Bwomono - over 100 appearances for first team
Tom Clifford - current first team left-back
Lewis Gard - frst team squad member but out injured

Joe Mackenzie - released May 2019. Now at Witham Town.
Ben Musselwhite - there's a Ben Musselwhite at Truro in the 7th tier most recently with Emerson Park in the Brentwood Sunday League.
Imani Matthews - now at Cheshunt in Isthmian Premier
Damani Dias
Alex Clark - released May 2018. Has played for Harlow, Heybridge, East Thurrock, Horsham and is now a team-mate of Freddie Gard at Aveley.

Class of 2016
https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2016/april/eight-players-secure-scholarships-with-blues/
Nathan Bishop - sold to Man U
Taylor Curran - sold to Swindon Jan 2019. In August he signed a new 3 year deal with Swindon. He has made 4 league appearances for Swindon, all as a 89th minute sub. They've conceded once after he's come on.
Harry Cuthbert - Releaed May 2018. Last seen at Walthamstow Town in the Essex Senior League
Yonis Farah - left May 2018. He's since been capped 5 times by Somalia and is playing for Ytterhogdals in Sweden's division 2.
Eren Kinali - still with club, but has been unregistered
Sewa Marah - left May 2019. Is now at National League North Chorley and came on as sub for them when they beat Wigan in the FA Cup.
Zak Pianim - released May 2020
Dru Yearwood - sold to Brentford and then sold in August to NY Red Bulls in the MLS for whom he's played 12 times already.
Emile Acquah - signed an one year deal in September and is currently the club's leading scorer this season
Dan Humphries - released May 2019. He was part of Mark Bentley's Canvey side

Class of 2017
https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2017/september/first-year-scholars-presented-at-rochdale-game/

Harry Seaden - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year July 2020
that has reached the second round of the FA Cup.
Ide Osimeh - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020
Marley Hutchings - the son of Carl now seems to be a photographer
Sam Knock - was released this summer. Is apparently now at uni
Miles Mitchell-Nelson - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020
Jon Benton - signed professional contract May 2020
O'Shane Stewart - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020
Terrell Egbri - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020
Matthew Rush - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020


Class of 2018 (now third year scholars in 2020-21)

Callum Taylor - offered third year
Reiss Chandler - offered third year
Ben Dabbs - offered third year
Sam Brogan - offered third year
Freddy Eastwood Jnr - offered third year
Issa Mpenga - offered third year
Charlie Kelman - sold to QPR
Ahmet Biler (second year scholar) - released summer 2020. Now at Harlow.

Class of 2019
Oli Coker
Jimmy Wallace
Demaray Anyadike
Tommy Lambourne
Tommy Davis
Bobby Unwin
Jamie Grossart
Ergis Shala
Cameron Brown
Tendi Quamina

Class of 2020
First year scholars
Adetayo Adedoja
Louie Arrowsmith
Callum Burkey
Kenny Coker
Harrison Clayden
Jaden Crowhurst
Brian Garzon
Luke Reeve
 
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Players who have played for the first team in bold.


Class of 2008
Jamie Dennis
Adetayo Osifuwa- joined Bowers from Canvey in 2019
Duran Reynolds - signed for Dagenham in 2010 but never played for them
John Owinja
Callum Whittaker
Justin Hazell - was given a debut as 90th minute sub in the FA Cup as a 16 year old but aged 18 opted to move to Braintree and hasn't progressed
Merrick James-Lewis - released May 2019 after one sub appearance. Last seen, appropriately, at Lewes.
Marcus Milner - made one 87th minute sub appearance but can say he played senior football against Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Ricky Lambert. Has subsequently played for Ware and Brentwood.
Medi Abalimba - sold to Derby, was later convicted of impersonating a footballer. In jail he had an affair with a 50 year old prison wardeness.
Kyle Asante - scored 1 goal in 1 start and 8 sup appearances for us. Released in May 2012 he's bobbled around local non-league with spells at the like of Aveley, Bishop's Stortford, Billericay and Great Wakering. Last seen according to wiki 2017
Harry Crawford - released by Southend in May 2012 after 3 league goals (including a penalty) in 33 appearances; he improbably joined L2 Barnet after 12 goals in 24 games for Conference Dartford. At Underhill he scored once in 10 matches before getting relegated back to non-league. Aged 28, he's playing in the Southern Football League Premier Division for Kings Langley.

Class of 2009
Dan Bentley
Kane Ferdinand

George Smith
Julian Okai
Teddy Nesbitt
James Stevens
Alex Woodyard

Hicham Abdellah
Duane Ofori-Acheampong

Class of 2010
Ryan Auger
Jack Paxman
Fope Coker
Shamir Mullings
Anthony Furlonge
Michael Hyland
Luke Chambers
Louis Baucutt
Rhys Mackay

Class of 2011
Mitchell Pinnock
Jack Edwards - I think this might be him
Aaron Tatham - was at Canvey last season
Seedy Njie - he made a solitary sub appearance in the League Cup. Has since done the local non-league rounds with spells at Billericay, Chelmsford and Cray Wanderers
Jack Payne
Lyle Della-Verde - sold to Fulham Aug 2011
Michael Hassini - believed last seen being sentenced for Nile Ranger style fraud
George Artemi (joined as an 18 year old)
Marlon Agyakwa - most recently at Tilbury

Class of 2012
Ted Smith
Jack Bridge

Daniel King
Kane Farrell
Michael Ademuliyi
Josh Banton
Jason Williams
Daniel Snook
Charlie Barlow

Class of 2013
Emmanuel Adeyeye
Dan Matsuzaka - released May 2018. After a spell in Japan, he played at Sutton and Braintree in the National League before joining Oxford City in the National League South
Jordan Alawode-Williams - joined Bristol Rovers development squad after being released in 2017. Had a loan spell at Poole Town who he joined 31/7/18 and left 28/1/19 after 29 appearances. Last seen at Farnborough.
Nico Cotton - released May 2018. Had a spell at Lewes and was last seen at Isthmian SE side Haywards Heath
Freddie Gard - Lewis' older brother had spells at Isthmian Premier Brightlingsea Regent prior to join Aveley where has has 6 assists in 7 appearances.
Ross Johnson - there's a Ross Johnson at Southend United Community & Education Trust
Macauley Keating
Harry Norman - is at Ramsgate, the step below the Isthmian Premier, and has captained the side.
Brandon Scott - released in March 2016, he joined Cray Wanderers, where he was described as the ‘non league Yannick Bolasie’ with the Sun reporting that Palace and Stoke were vying for his signature. A year later he was still at the Bostik South side.


Class of 2014
Josh Bexon - released May 2019. Has played twice this season for Dover having joined the National League side in August 2020,
Josh Macree
Sonny Coutts - now seems to be player manager at Sunday League Rayleigh Town
Abdul Salami - joined Isthmian South-East Ramsgate in June 2020
Renei Batlowka - released May 2019. The Botswanan international started 2 FL Trophy games for Southend. Last seen at Canvey last season
Joe Bedford - joined Dover from Southend in December 2018. Last seen on loan at Dulwich Hamlet in January
Harry Phillips - still at Southend. Has made 2 league starts and one sub appearance
George Burton
Norman Wabo released May 2019 - joined Isthmian Premier Margate in October
Dan Walker - Released May 2018. Last seen at Isthmian North Great Wakering


Class of 2015
Elvis Bwomono - over 100 appearances for first team
Tom Clifford - current first team left-back
Lewis Gard - frst team squad member but out injured

Joe Mackenzie - released May 2019
Ben Musselwhite - there's a Ben Musselwhite at Truro in the 7th tier
Imani Matthews - now at Cheshunt in Isthmian Premier
Damani Dias
Alex Clark - released May 2018. Has played for Harlow, Heybridge, East Thurrock, Horsham and is now a team-mate of Freddie Gard at Aveley.

Class of 2016
https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2016/april/eight-players-secure-scholarships-with-blues/
Nathan Bishop - sold to Man U
Taylor Curran - sold to Swindon Jan 2019. In August he signed a new 3 year deal with Swindon. He has made 4 league appearances for Swindon, all as a 89th minute sub. They've conceded once after he's come on.
Harry Cuthbert - Releaed May 2018. Last seen at Walthamstow Town in the Essex Senior League
Yonis Farah - left May 2018. He's since been capped 5 times by Somalia and is playing for Ytterhogdals in Sweden's division 2.
Eren Kinali - still with club, but has been unregistered
Sewa Marah - left May 2019. Is now at National League North Chorley and came on as sub for them when they beat Wigan in the FA Cup.
Zak Pianim - released May 2020
Dru Yearwood - sold to Brentford and then sold in August to NY Red Bulls in the MLS for whom he's played 12 times already.
Emile Acquah - signed an one year deal in September and is currently the club's leading scorer this season
Dan Humphries - released May 2019. He was part of Mark Bentley's Canvey side

Class of 2017
https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2017/september/first-year-scholars-presented-at-rochdale-game/

Harry Seaden - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year July 2020
that has reached the second round of the FA Cup.
Ide Osimeh - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020
Marley Hutchings - the son of Carl now seems to be a photographer
Sam Knock - was released this summer. Is apparently now at uni
Miles Mitchell-Nelson - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020
Jon Benton - signed professional contract May 2020
O'Shane Stewart - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020
Terrell Egbri - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020
Matthew Rush - signed a one year deal with an option of an extra year August 2020


Class of 2018 (now third year scholars in 2020-21)

Callum Taylor - offered third year
Reiss Chandler - offered third year
Ben Dabbs - offered third year
Sam Brogan - offered third year
Freddy Eastwood Jnr - offered third year
Issa Mpenga - offered third year
Charlie Kelman - sold to QPR
Ahmet Biler (second year scholar) - released summer 2020. Now at Harlow.

Class of 2019
Oli Coker
Jimmy Wallace
Demaray Anyadike
Tommy Lambourne
Tommy Davis
Bobby Unwin
Jamie Grossart
Ergis Shala
Cameron Brown
Tendi Quamina

Class of 2020
First year scholars
Adetayo Adedoja
Louie Arrowsmith
Callum Burkey
Kenny Coker
Harrison Clayden
Jaden Crowhurst
Brian Garzon
Luke Reeve

An excellent post.

Reiss Chandler, Oli Coker and Kenny Coker should be in bold, having all appeared for the first-team.

Jack Edwards was at Brentwood Town last season.

Ross Johnson is a coach within the Academy, Daniel King and Charlie Barlow are both employed by the club’s Community & Education Trust.
 

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A few more notes on our former scholars:

The Ben Musselwhite (class of 2015) at Truro City isn't our former scholar, it's one of the same name who was previously with Plymouth Argyle. Our former player was most recently with Emerson Park in the Brentwood Sunday League.

Dan Walker (class of 2014) is back at Hullbridge Sports in Isthmian North.

Kane Farrell (class of 2012) is now with Biggleswade Town in Southern League Premier Division Central. I saw him come on as a second-half substitute in The FA Cup at Leiston earlier this season.

Justin Hazell (class of 2008) is in the Essex Olympian League Premier Division with Leigh Ramblers (one goal from eight appearances this season).
 

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Apparently Nathan Bishop is now 3rd choice keeper @ Man Utd and has been issued the no.30 shirt, he’s also 1st choice U23 keeper and played for their U21 side against Salford in the EFL trophy.

Incredible achievement. Always came across as a nice lad, really pleased for him.

 

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Apparently Nathan Bishop is now 3rd choice keeper @ Man Utd and has been issued the no.30 shirt, he’s also 1st choice U23 keeper and played for their U21 side against Salford in the EFL trophy.

Incredible achievement. Always came across as a nice lad, really pleased for him.

Have a lot of time for Bish. Good for him.
 

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3rd choice at Man U behind DeGea and Henderson wow! good for him , that would make him 1st choice here i would think .
 
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