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  1. Actually thought Eric lichaj was the best youth product on show today, very composed and offered a threat even on his weaker side...definitely going to be hard for Bennett to take his place
  2. After going to the Villa U23 vs Reading U23 last night, 16 year old Kaine Kesler reminded me in style of play of a young Ashley Cole but on the right side! He has good potential!!! He was in my view Villa u23's best player on the pitch last night vs Reading and linked up really well with Tyreik Wright a number of times. Kesler bombed forward whenever he could always trying to make things happen and looks to have a very good attitude too. Definitely will be following how he does! Has anyone else seen him play? thoughts
  3. 2020/21 season | 2019/20 | 2018/19 | 2017/18 | 2016/17 | 2011/12 | 2010/11 | 2009/10 | 2008/09 | 2007/08 | 2006/07 Aston Villa statistics : 2021/2022 Premier League 2 - Division 2 - Under-23 development league LEAGUE TABLE (as of 14/10/2021) P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Fulham 7 5 1 1 17 7 +10 16 2 West Bromwich Albion 7 5 0 2 16 13 +3 15 3 Aston Villa 7 4 2 1 22 10 +12 14 4 Nottingham Forest 7 3 2 2 11 7 +4 11 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 3 2 2 7 9 -2 11 6 Newcastle United 7 3 1 3 14 10 +4 10 7 Norwich City 7 3 1 3 16 16 0 10 8 Stoke City 7 3 1 3 8 16 -8 10 9 Reading 7 2 3 2 11 11 0 9 10 Middlesbrough 7 3 0 4 10 11 -1 9 11 Burnley 7 2 2 3 11 11 0 8 12 Birmingham City 7 2 1 4 8 17 -9 7 13 Sunderland 7 2 0 5 13 16 -3 6 14 Southampton 7 0 2 5 4 14 -10 2 AST BIR BUR FUL MID NEW NOR NOT REA SOU STO SUN WBA WOL AST 1-1 5-2 4-2 0-0 BIR 0-4 3-2 1-0 BUR 3-1 2-3 1-1 FUL 3-1 3-0 3-0 MID 1-2 0-1 2-1 2-0 NEW 2-0 4-1 1-1 2-3 NOR 4-2 0-2 0-1 2-5 NOT 5-0 1-1 0-0 REA 1-1 3-3 0-2 3-0 SOU 0-2 0-3 1-1 STO 0-8 2-1 1-2 SUN 3-4 1-3 3-4 WBA 3-2 3-2 2-0 1-0 WOL 2-1 2-1 1-0 1-3 PLAYER Nat A(S) h-Not 5-2 a-Mid 2-1 h-Ful 1-1 a-Nor 2-4 h-WBA 4-2 a-Sto 8-0 h-Wol 0-0 a-Bir h-Sun a-Sou a-Rea h-Bur a-New h-Bir a-Sun h-Mid a-WBA h-Rea a-Not h-Nor a-Ful h-Sou a-Wol h-Sto a-Bur h-New Marschall, Filip (GK) 4 (0) S S u u S u S Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 2 (0) S S Zych, Oliwier (GK) 1 (0) u u S u u Appiah, Paul (CB) 1 (0) S Barber, Jayden (LB) 0 (1) o Bogarde, Lamare (CB) 7 (0) S S S S S S S Ealing, Frankie (RB) 4 (0) S S S S Feeney, Josh (CB) 4 (0) S S S S Patterson, Travis (RB) 2 (0) S S Swinkels, Sil (CB) 7 (0) S S S S S S S Zito, Patrick (RB) 3 (1) S S o S u u u Chukwuemeka, Carney (CM) 1 (0) S Frith, Declan (LW) 3 (0) S S S Hart, Taylor-Jay (CM) 0 (2) u o o Iroegbunam, Tim (CM) 7 (0) S S S S S S S Lindley, Hayden (DCM) 6 (1) S S S S S o S Munroe, Finley (CM) 0 (0) u O'Reilly, Tommi (CM) 0 (3) o u o o Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (L/RW) 2 (0) S S Raikhy, Arjan (CM) 0 (1) o Ramsey, Aaron (ACM) 5 (0) S S S S S Reddin, Kahrel (CM) 2 (2) o o S S Sewell, Dewain (ACM) 0 (0) u Thorndike, Finley (ACM) 5 (2) S S S S S o o Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan (F) 3 (2) u S S S u o o Archer, Cameron (F) 2 (0) S S Chukwuemeka, Caleb (F) 5 (1) o S S S S S Young, Bradley (F) 1 (0) S Name in BOLD played in >=50% of games = Goal(s) scored = Assist(s) created S = Started o = Came on u = Unused sub # TOP SCORERS Gls 1 Chukwuemeka, Caleb 6 2 Ramsey, Aaron 4 3 Philogene-Bidace, Jaden 3 4 Chukwuemeka, Carney 2 4 Archer, Cameron 2 4 Young, Bradley 2 7 Reddin, Kahrel 1 7 Iroegbunam, Tim 1 7 Thorndike, Finley 1 # TOP ASSISTS Ast 1 Chukwuemeka, Caleb 2 1 Frith, Declan 2 1 Iroegbunam, Tim 2 1 Thorndike, Finley 2 1 Ramsey, Aaron 2 6 Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan 1 6 Chukwuemeka, Carney 1 6 Reddin, Kahrel 1 6 Lindley, Hayden 1 6 Barber, Jayden 1 6 Archer, Cameron 1 FIXTURES/RESULTS 13/08/2021 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa 5-2 Nottingham Forest 09' Hammond, Oliver (Gibson-Hammond) 25' Swan, Will 40' Ramsey, Aaron 47' Young, Bradley (Ramsey) 50' Thorndike, Finley (Archer) 52' Archer, Cameron (Ramsey) 89' Young, Bradley (Barber) 20/08/2021 Heritage Park @ 19:00 Middlesbrough 1-2 Aston Villa 07' Archer, Cameron (Lindley) 31' Ramsey, Aaron 33' Fletcher, Isaac (Malley) 27/08/2021 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa 1-1 Fulham 02' McAvoy, Connor (p) 32' Chukwuemeka, Caleb (Thorndike) 10/09/2021 Carrow Road @ 19:00 Norwich City 4-2 Aston Villa 13' Rowe, Jon (Dickson-Peter) 39' Iroegbunam, Tim (Reddin) 49' Kamara, Abu (p) 56' Tomkinson, Jonathan (Rowe) 61' Tomkinson, Jonathan (Gibbs) 99' Reddin, Kahrel (Thorndike) 17/09/2021 Bodymoor Heath @ 18:00 Aston Villa 4-2 West Bromwich Albion 03' Chukwuemeka, Caleb 19' Gardner-Hickman, Taylor 33' Ramsey, Aaron (Iroegbunam) 40' Chukwuemeka, Caleb 58' Shotton, Saul (Gardner-Hickman) 83' Chukwuemeka, Caleb (Frith) 27/09/2021 Lyme Valley Stadium @ 19:00 Stoke City 0-8 Aston Villa 05' Ramsey, Aaron (Chukwuemeka) 38' Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (Chukwuemeka) 40' Chukwuemeka, Caleb (Frith) 45' Chukwuemeka, Carney 51' Chukwuemeka, Carney 55' Chukwuemeka, Caleb (Iroegbunam) 57' Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (Chukwuemeka) 87' Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (Abldeen-Goodridge) 01/10/2021 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16/10/2021 St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium @ 12:00 Birmingham City - Aston Villa 22/10/2021 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Sunderland 31/10/2021 Testwood Lane @ 14:00 Southampton - Aston Villa 08/11/2021 Bearwood Park @ 13:00 Reading - Aston Villa 19/11/2021 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Burnley 29/11/2021 Northumberland FA @ 19:00 Newcastle United - Aston Villa 03/12/2021 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Birmingham City 20/12/2021 Eppleton Colliery @ 19:00 Sunderland - Aston Villa 07/01/2022 Bodymoor Heath @ 14:00 Aston Villa - Middlesbrough 17/01/2022 New Bucks Head @ 19:00 West Bromwich Albion - Aston Villa 21/01/2022 Bodymoor Heath @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Reading 07/02/2022 Meadow Lane @ 19:00 Nottingham Forest - Aston Villa 21/02/2022 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Norwich City 25/02/2022 Motspur Park @ 19:00 Fulham - Aston Villa 11/03/2022 Bodymoor Heath @ 14:00 Aston Villa - Southampton 18/03/2022 Aggborough Stadium @ 19:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers - Aston Villa 01/04/2022 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Stoke City 25/04/2022 Leyland County Grnd @ 19:00 Burnley - Aston Villa 02/05/2022 Villa Park @ 19:00 Aston Villa - Newcastle United Aston Villa statistics : 2021/2022 Birmingham Senior Challenge Cup PLAYER Nat A(S) a-Cov 6-2 Zych, Oliwier (GK) 1 (0) S Wright, James (GK) 0 (0) u Ealing, Frankie (RB) 1 (0) S Feeney, Josh (CB) 1 (0) S Softley, Luke (CB) 0 (1) o Swinkels, Sil (CB) 1 (0) S Zito, Patrick (RB) 1 (0) S Alcock, Todd (DCM) 0 (1) o Frith, Declan (LW) 1 (0) S Hart, Taylor-Jay (CM) 1 (0) S Iroegbunam, Tim (CM) 1 (0) S Lindley, Hayden (DCM) 1 (0) S O'Reilly, Tommi (CM) 0 (1) o Reddin, Kahrel (CM) 0 (1) o Thorndike, Finley (ACM) 1 (0) S Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan (F) 1 (0) S # BSC CUP SCORERS Gls 1 Frith, Declan 3 2 Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan 1 3 Hart, Taylor-Jay 1 4 Reddin, Kahrel 1 # BSC CUP ASSISTS Assists BSC CUP FIXTURES/RESULTS 21/09/2021 Ryona Eng. Supplies Stadium @ 19:30 Coventry Sphinx 2-6 Aston Villa 09' Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan 10' Frith, Declan 13' Frith, Declan 24' Hart, Taylor-Jay 42' Woodward, Callum 55' Frith, Declan 77' Reddin, Kahrel 78' Harkin, Ryan Aston Villa statistics : 2021/2022 Papa John's Trophy Papa John : Southern Group C P W D L F A GD Pts 1 Aston Villa 2 2 0 0 7 3 +4 6 2 MK Dons 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6 3 Burton Albion 2 0 0 2 3 6 -3 0 4 Wycombe Wanderers 2 0 0 2 2 5 -3 0 PAPA JOHN'S TROPHY FIXTURES/RESULTS 31/08/2021 Adams Park @ 19:00 Wycombe Wanderers 1-3 Aston Villa 11' Parsons, Connor (McCleary) 42' Archer, Cameron (Sanson) 68' Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (Archer) 99' Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (Archer) 05/10/2021 Pirelli Stadium @ 19:00 Burton Albion 2-4 Aston Villa 20' Jebbison, Daniel 23' Hemmings, Kane (Powell) 35' Archer, Cameron (Abldeen-Goodridge) 51' Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan (Chukwuemeka) 61' Archer, Cameron (Abldeen-Goodridge) 71' Archer, Cameron (Chukwuemeka) 26/10/2021 Stadium MK @ 19:00 MK Dons Aston Villa # PAPA JOHN'S TROPHY SCORERS Goals 1 Archer, Cameron 4 2 Philogene-Bidace, Jaden 2 3 Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan 1 # TOP ASSISTS Ast 1 Archer, Cameron 2 2 Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan 2 3 Chukwuemeka, Caleb 2 4 Sanson, Morgan 1 PLAYER Nat A(S) a-Wyc 3-1 a-Brt 4-2 a-MKD Zych, Oliwier (GK) 2 (0) S S Wright, James (GK) 0 (0) u u Appiah, Paul (CB) 1 (0) S Bogarde, Lamare (CB) 2 (0) S S Ealing, Frankie (RB) 1 (0) S Feeney, Josh (CB) 1 (0) S Patterson, Travis (RB) 0 (1) o Swinkels, Sil (CB) 2 (0) S S Zito, Patrick (RB) 1 (0) S u Alcock, Todd (DCM) 0 (0) u Hart, Taylor-Jay (CM) 1 (1) o S Iroegbunam, Tim (CM) 2 (0) S S Lindley, Hayden (DCM) 1 (1) o S O'Reilly, Tommi (CM) 0 (0) u u Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (L/RW) 1 (0) S Reddin, Kahrel (CM) 0 (1) u o Sanson, Morgan (CM) 1 (0) S Sewell, Dewain (ACM) 0 (0) u Thorndike, Finley (ACM) 1 (1) S o Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan (F) 1 (1) o S Archer, Cameron (F) 2 (0) S S Chukwuemeka, Caleb (F) 2 (0) S S Youngest PLAYER DOB APPS 1 Patterson, Travis (RB) 06/10/2005 3 (2-1-0) 2 Barber, Jayden (LB) 23/06/2005 1 (0-1-0) 3 Feeney, Josh (CB) 06/05/2005 6 (6-0-0) 4 Munroe, Finley (CM) 08/02/2005 0 (0-0-1) 5 Wright, James (GK) 02/12/2004 0 (0-0-3) 6 Alcock, Todd (DCM) 23/11/2004 1 (0-1-1) 7 Ealing, Frankie (RB) 14/07/2004 6 (6-0-0) 8 O'Reilly, Aaron (CB) 29/06/2004 0 (0-0-0) 9 Zych, Oliwier (GK) 28/06/2004 4 (4-0-4) 10 Reddin, Kahrel (CM) 13/01/2004 6 (2-4-1) 11 Chrisene, Ben (LW) 12/01/2004 0 (0-0-0) 12 Swinkels, Sil (CB) 06/01/2004 10 (10-0-0) 13 Bogarde, Lamare (CB) 05/01/2004 9 (9-0-0) 14 Hart, Taylor-Jay (CM) 18/12/2003 5 (2-3-1) 15 O'Reilly, Tommi (CM) 15/12/2003 4 (0-4-3) 16 Sewell, Dewain (ACM) 09/11/2003 0 (0-0-2) 17 Chukwuemeka, Carney (CM) 20/10/2003 1 (1-0-0) 18 Rowe, Edward (CM) 17/10/2003 0 (0-0-0) 19 Afoka, Chisom (RW) 23/09/2003 0 (0-0-0) 20 Revan, Sebastian (LB) 14/07/2003 0 (0-0-0) 21 Iroegbunam, Tim (CM) 30/06/2003 10 (10-0-0) 22 Barry, Louie (F) 21/06/2003 0 (0-0-0) 23 McBride, Caolan (CM) 02/06/2003 0 (0-0-0) 24 Zito, Patrick (RB) 22/05/2003 6 (5-1-4) 25 Marschall, Filip (GK) 24/04/2003 4 (4-0-3) 26 Dialla Sylla, Mamadou (DCM) 26/01/2003 0 (0-0-0) 27 Ramsey, Aaron (ACM) 21/01/2003 5 (5-0-0) 28 Young, Bradley (F) 06/01/2003 1 (1-0-0) 29 Abldeen-Goodridge, Tristan (F) 28/11/2002 8 (5-3-2) 30 Kesler-Hayden, Kaine (RB/RWB) 23/10/2002 0 (0-0-0) 31 Raikhy, Arjan (CM) 20/10/2002 1 (0-1-0) 32 Appiah, Paul (CB) 13/10/2002 2 (2-0-0) 33 Lindley, Hayden (DCM) 02/09/2002 10 (8-2-0) 34 Williams, Harry (CB) 15/08/2002 0 (0-0-0) 35 Sohna, Myles (CB) 01/07/2002 0 (0-0-0) 36 Frith, Declan (LW) 16/05/2002 4 (4-0-0) 37 Thorndike, Finley (ACM) 03/05/2002 10 (7-3-0) 38 Philogene-Bidace, Jaden (L/RW) 08/02/2002 3 (3-0-0) 39 Chukwuemeka, Caleb (F) 25/01/2002 8 (7-1-0) 40 Archer, Cameron (F) 09/12/2001 4 (4-0-0) 41 Sinisalo, Viljami (GK) 11/10/2001 2 (2-0-0) 42 Campton-Sturridge, DJ (F) 01/10/2001 0 (0-0-0) 43 Wright, Tyreik (F) 22/09/2001 0 (0-0-0) 44 Ónodi, Ákos (GK) 02/09/2001 0 (0-0-0) 45 Vassilev, Indiana (F) 16/02/2001 0 (0-0-0) 46 Revan, Dominic (CB) 19/09/2000 0 (0-0-0) 47 Bridge, Mungo (CB) 12/09/2000 0 (0-0-0) 48 Sanson, Morgan (CM) 18/08/1994 1 (1-0-0) 49 Softley, Luke (CB) N/A 1 (0-1-0)
  4. Another highly rated youth prospect through the door, who’s played for the Bournemouth first team. A substantial fee involved. I absolutely love what the owners are creating at Villa. Welcome Ajani.
  5. Ex Fleetwood Town centre back that we signed from them last Summer, he has been excelling in our u18s and u23s. He’s 16 years old, a first year scholar, I’ve seen him a few times for our u23s and he just looks class, he’s very composed and good on the ball, he just breezes through matches at that level. I see very few flaws in his game from what I have seen so far, he could go right to the top. I’m interested in other poster’s views on him if they have seen him play, edit- I know I have bigged up young players on here in the past and been made to look stupid but I have a good feeling about this player, he just plays with such maturity for someone of his age
  6. Aston Villa is pleased to announce the signing of Tim Iroegbunam. The midfielder, 18, joins Villa's Academy from West Bromwich Albion, where he came through the ranks after joining their Under-8s. Iroegbunam has attended England age group training camps in the past and Academy manager Mark Harrison believes he has a bright future. Harrison said: “Tim is an athletic midfielder who is technically very good. “He has the ability to play as a holding midfielder or a box-to-box midfielder, who can contribute in both penalty areas. “Tim has a lot of potential and we look forward to seeing him develop over the next few years.” AVFC
  7. lexicon

    Brad Young

    https://www.avfc.co.uk/players/u18/bradyoung Not a player that gets mentioned a whole lot - I couldn't find a thread for him, so thought I'd start one. Anyway, he flies under the radar somewhat given the bigger names/potential stars in the U23s and U18 side but every game I've seen him in, he's done well - good technical skills, great workrate and a good athlete too; he's quick and doesn't tire easily. So far this season, he's got 13 goals and 4 assists in 17 games (16 starts) as per the link above - I'm guessing that just for the U18s. Thought he deserved a thread and some recognition!
  8. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-academy-carney-chukwuemeka-17778789
  9. https://www.avfc.co.uk/players/u18/frankieealing/ Makes his U23 debut tonight having played a few games with the U18s this season - just turned 17 in July.
  10. Played Wing Back today for the U23's, Looks a talent and half. Plays for England youth already. One for the future
  11. Just saw him playing in goal for the England U19s and found he didn't have a thread yet. I also thought he wasn't English, but it seems that he switched allegiance from Poland lately? Saw that on transfermarkt but don't know for sure.
  12. Done and dusted, now. As someone noticed the other day, he wasn't listed as a trialist (against Wycombe, I think) so it doesn't come as a huge surprise. From what I've seen, he's a little behind some of the 18 year olds that we have (he's 19 at the time of writing) but there's clearly a lot of potential there. Think he'll benefit from a year of the academy, then maybe a loan next season depending on his progress.
  13. Had a very solid game against Wycombe tonight. Looked very assured and confident for such a young keeper. Be interesting to see how his career progresses.
  14. Don't see a thread for him yet, close to being man of the match tonight. Composed on the ball and Targett like defensively. Unlucky with the OG.
  15. Wow, didn’t see that coming, highly rated youngster apparently. Only 16, but in the England set up.
  16. New youngster. Signed from Norwich for the academy. Anyone know anything about him?
  17. Bit of a surprise with a proposed development and new inner city academy building on the car park off Tame Road. The Application data is here: https://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/Generic/StdDetails.aspx?PT=Planning Applications On-Line&TYPE=PL/PlanningPK.xml&PARAM0=1107270&XSLT=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Birmingham/xslt/PL/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning Application Details&PUBLIC=Y&DAURI=PLANNING&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/SiteFiles/Skins/Birmingham/Menus/PL.xml And some of the plans are below:
  18. Thought this deserved a thread of its own. Ticket details: https://www.avfc.co.uk/news/2021/may/FA-Youth-Cup-Final-ticket-details/ C'mon lads, let's have 'em.
  19. We invite the Albion to Villa Park on Friday evening for the FA Youth Cup Semi Final in what should be a heck of a game. Unlike at senior level, the FA Youth Cup remains the biggest competition for young players in England and it comes with massive prestige. The game will be broadcast on BT Sport live on Friday but sadly won't be available through AVTV as BT have bought exclusivity. This is the furthest we've been in the competition since 2010-11 when a team featuring Callum Robinson, Samir Carruthers and Daniel Johnson lost a two legged fixture against a Sheffield United side captained by Harry Maguire. Friday should see some of the youth players that we've got used to being excited by this season playing at their natural level. Most of the players that will feature play regularly for our U23 side and it really shows when they go back to U18 football. For me, the three stars from our squad we'll see on Friday are: Carney Chukwuemeka; tall, playmaking midfielder with the ability to glide through teams and an eye for goal, he's been compared to Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira in style and was the player Christian Purslow described as the best sixteen year old in the country at the start of the season. He's got the potential to dominate and he's still young enough to be eligible to play in this tournament next season! Louie Barry; stolen from the Hawthorns by Barcelona, who still refuse to pay the fee they agreed for him, he was rescued by Villa last summer and bought home to the club he supports. He'll play as a wide striker on the left and he's sharper than a Chef's knife. Quick, busy and with eighteen goals to his name this season, Jurgen Klopp called him a 'little Vardy'. Kaine Kesler; a swashbuckling full back with incredible energy and great ability who you can expect to see spend most of his time in the Albion half. Confident, combative and quick, he'll Captain us on the night. Hopefully we might also see Aaron Ramsey, younger brother of Jacob and a playyer who has been exceptional this season in creating and scoring goals as a number ten - he's been out injured for a little while and it looks like he might struggle to make this one, but if he's available he'll be a real asset to us. That quartet are ably assisted by a really talented group that at the back will include growing goalkeeper Filip Marschll, Lamar Bogarde, a centre half with real quality on the ball, Seb Revan at left back who has captained the U18's and either young prospect Sil Swinkels or the powerful Paul Appiah next to Bogarde. In midfield we'll see Arjan Raikhy, who for me is our most improved young player of the season, his ability to steal a ball off the opposition with his harrying and his range of passing are huge strengths for the team, if the other midfield position doesn't go to Ramsey, it'll be quite open with Hayden Linley having played in the quarter final. Up top we'll include our other eighteen goal man, Brad Young, a battling centre forward with plenty of talent who gives us a focal point and has masses of energy. Between them they've scored an incredible 22 goals in four Youth Cup games so far with our journey to the semi-final looking like this: 3rd Rnd - Reading 3 - Aston Villa 4 (Chukwuemeka 22, Young 37, 68, Barry 90+3) 4th Rnd - Aston Villa 3 - Brighton 0 (Kesler 72, Ramsey 76, 82) 5th Rnd - Aston Villa 9 - Burton Albion 0 (Redfern OG 7, Ramsey 10, Barry 11, 44, 80, Chukwuemeka, 32, 45, Young 61, Revan 87) Qtr Final - Newcastle 1 - Aston Villa 6 (Appiah 1, Young 8, Chukwuemeka 28, 61, 64, Reddin 75) Albion are no mugs, and they'll be the toughest opposition we've faced in the tournament so far. They've beaten Tottenham and Everton along the way to the semi final and they'll be confident coming in to this one. Over the last couple of seasons we've taken their academy director Mark Harrison and some of their top staff to Bodymoor Heath as we've looked to re-assert ourselves as the top academy in the region after a few years where Albion had stolen a march on us and there will be plenty of chat this week between two sets of staff that know each other very well. Our last league meeting was something of a thriller with Brad Young scoring four in a 6-4 victory - a victory that was made all the more remarkable because we were down to ten men with centre back Swinkels in goal for most of the second half and we were 4-3 down with 25 minutes to go! There will be plenty on this game and it should give us a real indication as to whether we've regained that place as the Midlands best academy. The other semi final will be contested between Ipswich Town and Liverpool and if we can allow ourselves to dream a little, we'd be the home team for the Final which would be played at Villa Park at the end of May, potentially in front of a few thousand fans. So yeah, it's a massive one, a real test for this crop of youngsters which is as talented as any I've seen coming through in the last fifteen or twenty years, it should be a really good game with goals galore and the chance to see some brilliant individuals tested on a big stage, it's a chance to see players who could be the future of the football club and a chance to see us put one over the Albion and reach the final of the country's biggest youth competition - what's not to like? Watch it. BT Sport 18:00 Friday 14th May.
  20. He’s a Dutch player who’s position is defender, 16 years old and has 2 caps for the Netherlands U15. According to Transfermarkt.
  21. sidcow

    Mark Delaney

    To my surprise I couldn't find a thread for Mark Delaney? If I've missed it apologies and can the Mods merge. Just watched a great interview with him on AVTV. He was one of my favourite players but its struck me he's become a proper Villa Man. Great player, started coaching the under 15s on a part time basis and now in charge of The Academy with 21 years service with the club. It was a very interesting interview which I urge you to watch and shows the connectiveness flowing through the club. I didn't realise George Boateng was also coaching with him. Talked nonchalantly about their 6th place league finish. God, imagine that, Villa finishing 6th. Seems like a universe away. * His accent was funny as well. Definitely a Welshman living in Brum for too long. Anyway, I remember feeling really sad when his career was ended prematurely and delighted he's forged a post playing career in football full stop but especially with us. Mark Delaney. A Villa man. * sorry, he may not have spoken about this, I think I read it on Wikipedia after I watched the video and thought he had talked about it, but the point still stands.
  22. We have appointed Nick Haycock as Head of Technical and Player Development as part of the continued investment in the academy, he joins next month from a position with the Premier League.
  23. Our first game in this is a week today. We're in a group with Carlisle, Fleetwood Town and Sunderland and it should be a really good test for our youngsters. I note that it's Under 21's rather than U23's, but I don't think that actually affects many of our group. Does anyone know the rules in terms of over age players or eligibility? Line up predictions?
  24. Checked and no thread on Kelsey! Scored his first professional goal today for Cheltenham in a shirt that is similar to our "Yellow" Mita Copiers 3rd Kit from early 90's (91-93)
  25. Was going to put this in the Academy topic but thought it would deserve it's own. From the OS. Shame, Academy is looking like it's finally going to start bearing fruit with the likes of Graham and Grealish, and (had he not left) Crowley. Some great work has been done by KMac, Sid and Bryan over the years. His replacement will be interesting..
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