NORWICH CITY YOUTH TEAMS 1999/2000
Norwich City's Youth Academy fields teams at various ages ranging from
Under 9s to Under 19s. How many of these will follow the likes of Chris
Sutton, Craig Bellamy and Andy
Marshall and make it to the Norwich first team. Some may depart for
other league clubs as has happened with Simon Davies
of Tottenham and Wales whilst others may only progress as far as Norwich's
main Youth team and then drift into non-league football eg Stewart
Roach. Whatever their final destination, FLOWN FROM THE NEST will
attempt to track their careers as they are all part of the rich tapestry
which is the history of Norwich City FC.
The 1999/2000 club handbook listed the following as Academy players with
Norwich City signed four new first year scholars who started their careers
with the Canaries on July 5th 1999. They are:
Michael Merrick - a defender from Newcastle
Andrew Oxby - a midfielder from the Potters
Bar Centre of Excellence who is similar to Craig Bellamy in appearance
and style [more]
Richard Goodchild - a centre-half also
from the Potters Bar Centre of Excellence [more]
Ryan Albiston - a
striker who is the son of former Manchester United favourite Arthur Albiston.
Ryan was previously at Old Trafford. [more]
The club's remaining 2nd year scholars are
Louis Blois [more]
Pitshou Ngopwani [more]
Ian Thompson [more]
Lee Gilman [more]
Neil Bilham [more]
Matthew Parry [more]
Danny Gay [more]
In November 1999, the club offered a traineeship to former Norwich City
schoolboy Danny Rafis which he accepted.
In the 1999/2000 season, there were ten players registered at under 9
level. Thomas Day hails from Downham Market. Adam Marriot is from brandon
whilst Josh Birmingham is from Sheringham. Tarren Grint comes from Lowestoft.
Declan Rudd and Jonathan Abbott are both from Diss whilst Steven Green
and Richard Fradgley are from Thorpe Marriott. Michael Fraser comes from
Taverham whilst Robin Anderson is from Loddon.
In the Canary matchday programme for the clash versus Fulham on
14th September 1999, the Under 10 squad was profiled:
"There are currently 13 youngsters registered at this age group. Left
back Ben Abrahams is a Hellesdon lad and he is
a pupil at Wensum Middle School. Jake Armes attends
Lowestoft's Harris Middles School in his hometown. Jake is a midfielder,
like Bodie Carter, a recent signing for the Academy
Under 10s. Bodie, from Great Yarmouth, goes to North Denes Middle School
in the town. Till Beckford is one of two goalkeepers
in the squad. He lives in Thurton, and goes to Thurton VC Primary School.
Centre forward Luke Daley attends the Holt County
Primary School, and lives in Cley-Next-The-Sea while left winger Joshua
Farrow is a Mulbarton lad who attends Mulbarton Middle School.
Jamie Forshaw from Norwich is a midfield player
and attends Sprowston Middle School. Charlton Halliday
of Falcon Middle School is a promising centre half. The Under 10s other
keeper is Louis Lemay and goes to Mulbarton Middle
School. Right back Robert Newton lives in Taverham
and goes to Taverham Hall Prep. School. James Page
comes from Dereham and is a forward. Robert Revell,
of Sprowston, is a wide midfielder who goes to White Woman Lane School.
Chris West - another forward - is a Dereham lad and
goes to Dereham Church Middles School."
In the Canary matchday programme of 28 September 1999 (vs Manchester
City), Norwich's Under 11s sqaud was profiled. Michael Hilton is a goalkeeper
from Mattishall. Vying for the keeper's jersey is Liam Hembling from Beccles.
Tasburgh lad Sam Willis is a defender. James Buxton is from Costessey
whilst midfielder Shaun Overall is from Watton. Beccles lad Chris Martin
is a striker. Tom Martin is no relation to Chris and is from Hembsy. Kane
Taylor is a left winger from Norwich. William Callow is from Horstead.
Andrew Howell, a left winger, is highly rated by the Academy coaches and
comes from Hopton on Sea. Liam Barrett is from Felixstowe whilst Johnathan
Miller is of Hevingham
In the programme for Norwich's match with Fulham on 2nd October 1999,
the Under 12's were profiled:
"Coached by Jerry Goss whose knowledge and experience
is a great boost to the boys. Matthew Gilchrist
attends Springwood High School in Kings Lynn. Stylish defender Adam
Gusterson is from White Woman lane School and also in defence is Rossi
Jarvis from Fakenham Junior School and of Canon Pickering Middle in
Harleston, James Trudgill. Archie
Lamb is a creative midfielder from Avenue Middle in Norwich and also
in midfield in
Ryan Scrutton playing on the left and attedning Kirklea Middle School. >Andrew
Fisk lives in Scole near Diss and is a pupil at Scole Primary. In the
forward line is Paul Wheeler who attends Aylsham Middle
and Scott Woodcock a pupil at Hillside Primary in Thorpe.
Keeping goal are Robert Lawrance from St Thomas More
School in Norwich and Joseph Lewis who hails from Canon
Norwich's Under 13 side for the 1999/2000 season consisted
of Adam Burton (Downham Market), Myles Clarke (Ditchingham), Josh Clarke
(Bradwell, Gt Yarmouth), Ryan de Coteau (Lowestoft), Matthew Halliday (Norwich),
Lee Howlett (Norwich), Liam Hunn (Felixstowe), Andrew King (Mepal), Scott
Musgrove (Peterborough), Joe Nathan (Norwich), Adam Smith (Norwich), Jake
Osborne (Cromer), Tom White (Downham Market) and Wayne Woodcock (Norwich).
They are coached by Trevor Whymark and Dick Mills.
Under 14s According to the Canary published
for the derby clash with Ipswich on 21st November 1999, the following
players were registered with the Norwich City Academy Under 14s side for
1999/2000. Nathan Baker (Dereham), Ryan Hunn (Felixstowe), Oliver Willis
(Tasburgh), Steven Shipley (Norwich), Ben Slater (Norwich), Adam
Smith (Lingwood), Gary Etherington (Caister), Tom Whitely (Hempton),
Ryan Jarvis (Fakenham), Daniel Crow (Caister),
Craig Ritchie (Norwich), Tom Clements (Stowmarket), Nicky Howell (Harleston),
Ben Price (Norwich) and Wesley Newberry (Lowestoft).
To raise money for the Academy, Norwich arranged a clash between their Under
15 side and that of Manchester United. The game took place on 22nd February
2000 and the young Canaries did themselves proud with the 3-0 defeat flattering
the young Red Devils. The attendance for this match was 8,679 and is believed
to be a record for a match between sides at this age level excluding Schoolboy
internationals. The Norwich side was as follows:
Aaron Osborne (Cromer)
Ashley Dickerson (Kings Lynn)
David Chick (Norwich)
Damien Butt (Hoddesdon, Herts)
Michael Palmieri (Loughton, Essex)
Greg Crane (Yarmouth)
Dean Sinclair (St Albans)
Ian Henderson (Thetford)
Robbie Simpson (Knebworth, Herts)
Jonathan Schofield (Bury St Edmunds)
Subs:Robert Southern (Martham), Cameron Brown, Ryan
Jarvis, Paul Wright (London), Gareth Downs.
Man of the Match for Norwich was Dean Sinclair.
David Chick was called up into the England Under 16
squad for the clash with Northern Ireland in September 2000.
Under 16s Norwich's Under 16s for the 1999/2000
season consisted of Robert Thornton (Gorleston),
Paul Dodsworth (Ipswich), Ben
Thompson (Mulbarton), Danny Ringer (London), David Freeman (Norwich),
Matthew Munday (London), Ben Lucas (Swaffham), Bradley Rudd (Norwich),
Danny Self (Gt Yarmouth), Jason
Shackell (Stevenage), Ryan Jenner (Stevenage),
Danny Aldous (Norwich), Richard Woodrow (Lowestoft)
and triallists Dave Lawrence (Gt Yarmouth) and Chris
Vargeson (Norwich). Of these, Daniel Self, striker Ben Thompson, right-winger
Richard Woodrow, Paul Dodsworth and Jason Shackell have been offered scholarship
terms for the 2000/01 season (thus the club thinks they have the potential
to make the grade as professional players).
Director of the Football Academy - Sammy Morgan
Assistant Academy Director - Dave Stringer
Assistant Academy Director - Keith Webb
Under 9s - Dick Sinclair
Under 10s - Paul Tong, manager of Great Yarmouth Town
Under 11s - Stewart Reynolds
Under 12s -Youth Development Officer - Colin Watts
and Jerry Goss
Under 13s - Trevor Whymark (ex-England and Ipswich)
Under 14s - Keith Webb
Under 15s - Keith Rudd - ex Kings Lynn manager
Under 16s - Dave Stringer.
The Academy is assisted in various roles by
Dick Mills - father of Danny Mills (Leeds)
Les Hawkes who keeps an eye on the London lads at the Potters Bar site.
COLIN WATTS is Norwich's youth development
and recruitment officer. A former Norwich youth player and Norfolk county
star, he managed Norwich union, Poringland Wanderers Youths and Norfolk
County youths before joining Norwich part-time in July 1991. In October
1993, he was appointed full-time to assist the Youth Development Officer
Gordon Bennett and took over this role
in March 1996 when Bennett became Chief Executive.
Other staff at the Academy include the Academy doctor Dr Mark Gaskin and
Academy Physiotherapist Jon Larner. Ken Edey is the club's Education Officer
responsible that the scholars' academic achievement and progress continues
satisfactorily throughout the season.