Bolton Wanderers F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Bolton Wanderers Development Squad
Bolton Wanderers emblem
Full nameBolton Wanderers F.C. Development Squad
Nickname(s)The Trotters
Founded1874 (as Christ Church FC)
GroundCounty Ground
Leyland
ManagerEngland Jimmy Phillips (Under-18s)
LeagueU21 Premier League
2011–12


2011–12
Premier Reserve League North Group 8th
Premier Academy League
Under-18 Group C, 7th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season
 
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Bolton Wanderers Development Squad
Bolton Wanderers emblem
Full nameBolton Wanderers F.C. Development Squad
Nickname(s)The Trotters
Founded1874 (as Christ Church FC)
GroundCounty Ground
Leyland
ManagerEngland Jimmy Phillips (Under-18s)
LeagueU21 Premier League
2011–12


2011–12
Premier Reserve League North Group 8th
Premier Academy League
Under-18 Group C, 7th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

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Bolton Development Squad

Bolton Wanderers Development Squad play in the FA Premier U21 League. They also participate in the Manchester Senior Cup, although in recent years the teams entered in this competition have featured an increasing number of youth players.

Bolton Wanderers Development Squad play their home games at the County Ground in Leyland, the home ground of the Lancashire F.A.

Throughout the history of Bolton Wanderers F.C. many of the club's best known players have progressed through the reserve team. These include former captain Kevin Nolan.

The Academy

The Bolton Wanderers Academy was established in 1998 and is based at the club and the main training ground. It replaced the older, more informal youth system, and enabled the club to focus their youth development and scouting, employing new techniques and FA standards.

It is overseen by former Bolton Wanderers F.C. player Jimmy Phillips. It provides a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Bolton Wanderers.

Scouts attend many local youth matches looking for talented boys. A boy will then be invited to attend training sessions at the Academy. They are taken in as young as the age of eight. At this age, the boys start by simply attending after-school training sessions, but as they reach their middle-teens, their academic needs will be taken over by the Academy if they are deemed athletically talented enough.

Between the ages of eight and twelve the boys play in eight-a-side games of three twenty-minute periods. It allows the boys to play as defenders or as attackers in small groups within a system and is not as physically demanding as playing eleven-a-side matches.

The first player to graduate from the Academy to the first team was the former club captain, Kevin Nolan who had previously been on the youth books of Liverpool. He has since been followed into the first team by Joey O'Brien, Ricardo Vaz Tê and Bolton born Nicky Hunt.

Players

Development Squad

The following players are expected to play for the Bolton development squad during the 2012-13 Barclays U21 Premier League. They will compete in National Group One along with Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Everton, Norwich City, Reading, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

Three players over the age of 21 and players from the U18 side are also eligible to play in these fixtures and the games will usually take place on a Monday afternoon or evening. Furthermore at least two of the clubs development fixtures must be played at the Reebok Stadium as per FA rules introduced in 2012.

As of 15 August 2012.[1] Squad Numbers refer to players' first team squad number (for season 2012–13), where applicable. Reserve and youth games are 1–11.

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

No.PositionPlayer
23EnglandDFJoe Riley
25EnglandMFJosh Vela
26EnglandGKRobert Lainton
28EnglandMFAndy Kellett
30ScotlandFWMichael O'Halloran
32EnglandFWTom Eaves
33EnglandDFAdam Blakeman
34EnglandGKJay Lynch
35ScotlandMFJoe McKee
38EnglandFWSanmi Odelusi
39EnglandDFAlex McQuade
EnglandDFBen Dennis
EnglandDFOscar Threlkeld
EnglandMFJames Kelly

Academy (Under-18s)

As of August 2012.[2]

YearNamePosNat
1stHarry CampbellGKEngland
1stLiam GibsonDFEngland
1stJordan HendrieDFScotland
1stRobert HoldingDFEngland
1stKieran NolanMFEngland
1stSam BaileyMFEngland
1stElliott NewbyMFEngland
1stSaul HamerFWEngland
YearNamePosNat
2ndJan-Ole SieversGKGermany
2ndGlenn MatthewsDFEngland
2ndNiall MaherDFEngland
2ndDylan WolstenholmeMFEngland
2ndChris LesterMFEngland
2ndLuke WoodlandMFEngland
2ndGeorg IlievMFBulgaria
2ndZach CloughFWEngland
2ndTom YoungsFWEngland
YearNamePosNat
3rdLewis FieldingGKEngland
3rdBen HampsonDFEngland
3rdBen DennisDFEngland
3rdAndrew KellettDFEngland
3rdOscar ThrelkeldDFEngland

Current coaching staff

  • Academy Manager: England Jimmy Phillips
  • Academy Head of Coaching and Development: England Sammy Lee
  • Academy Assistant Manager: England David Lee
  • Academy Assistant Manager: England Nicky Spooner
  • Assistant U-18 Coach: England Tony Kelly
  • U-9 to U-16 Coach: England Jake Wigley
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Wales Neil Edwards
  • Goalkeeping Coach: England Samuel Meek
  • Goalkeeping Consultant: Republic of Ireland Keith Branagan
  • Head of Education, Welfare, Child Protection officer: England Lynda Watt
  • Academy physiotherapist: England Matthew Fox
  • Schoolboy physiotherapist: England Jamie Miller
  • Academy doctor: England Dr. Jonathan Tobin
  • Academy fitness coach: England Christopher Elderkin
  • Recruitment Officer: England Dean Crombie
  • Recruitment Officer: England Brian Morris

In addition, the reserves and academy employ staff from the first-team.

Graduates

The following players have been associated with the Bolton Wanderers Academy and have gone on to play league football for Bolton or other clubs.

Notes

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