October 3 , 2013
The Pompey defender joined Aldershot on the eve of the Skrill Premier campaign in an attempt to get precious first-team game time.
Since then he has been an ever-present in the league for the Shots, playing as a left-sided centre-back in 12 matches which have produced five clean sheets.
Webster’s progress has been picked up by England, who have recalled him to their under-19 squad for the forthcoming European Championships qualifying tournament.
After this weekend’s fixture with Grimsby, he will link-up with Noel Blake’s team for the Slovenia trip, which takes in three group matches.
In contrast, Ashley Harris was an unused substitute for a third successive match at the Hawks on Tuesday night.
His one-month loan spell has seen him play just one-and-a-half games.
Webster’s Aldershot deal expires in January and Guy Whittingham has seen at first hand the development of the youngster’s game.
He said: ‘Adam is doing very well at Aldershot. They are very pleased.
‘He’s playing as a left-sided centre-half, is turning out for six matches every month and is really enjoying it. That’s the whole point of him going over there.
‘I have been twice to see him myself and other people have been to watch.
‘We get reports back on how he’s doing and keep in constant contact with him to make sure he is okay.
‘You can definitely see the improvement.
‘He has become a lot more confident and is shouting out a hell of a lot more than he used to.
‘Now he has been called up by England, which he has done in the past when with us and wasn’t playing.
‘Once you are in that fold they keep an eye on you.
‘It’s like the younger kids as well, they have to be prepared to go out and play football somewhere and say ‘listen I want to play football’. It’s what Jed did last year at Whitehawk, which is a lower level.’
No such joy for Jack Maloney at Aldershot, though, who returned to Pompey from his loan early without making an appearance.
Another who made his bow for Pompey last term was Nick Awford, who is presently on loan at Gosport.
To date the central midfielder has made two appearances for Alex Pike’s Borough.
Whittingham added: ‘Jack is back with us now as he wasn’t getting a game.
‘The one game I went to see he was sat behind me. We thought he was going to be involved down the line so there was no point in the lad staying there.
‘Aldershot do what they think is best. I am not going to argue or say whether they did it right or wrong but he is back now.
‘Nick has gone out on loan to Gosport to get some games and prove his worth – that is what you have got to be prepared to do.’
6 August 2013 Adam Webster joins Aldershot on loan
Conference Premier side Aldershot Town have signed Portsmouth defender Adam Webster on loan until January 4.<br>
The 18-year-old England under-19 international made 21 appearances for Pompey last season.<br>
Portsmouth boss Guy Whittingham said: "It's a great move for Adam. People might forget he's only 18 because he's been around for so long.<br>
"He came on the scene very quickly, but he needs to play games and this provides a great opportunity for him."<br>
Webster, who can play at right-back or centre-back becomes the second player to move to the EBB Stadium after Shahid Azeem's consortium completed their buyout of the Hampshire club last week.<br>
Webster Helps Academy Beat Cherries November 18, 2012
by Neil Weld
Adam Webster had a busy Saturday, helping the academy beat Bournemouth before sitting on the bench for the first team against Doncaster. The 17-year-old netted the Blues’ second in a 3-1 victory against the Cherries at the Wellington Sports Ground.
Academy coach Paul Hardyman said: “Adam played 60 minutes, had a quick shower and went straight to Fratton Park for the first team game. “Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford knew he could perform for them if required, but it’s also vital for Adam’s development that he plays games. “It was the best of both worlds for him. He played for the youth team, scored a goal and was on the bench against Doncaster.
Pompey: O’Hara; Webster (Medway 60), Warren (c), Whatmough, Triggs; Awford, Branford; Horsburgh, Kim (Tarasenko 74), Tarbuck; Hartson (Close 62)
Wednesday November 14, 2012
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England (map)
Adam Webster came off the bench to help England under-19s to a 1-0 victory over Finland last night.
The Pompey defender was brought on by under-19 boss – and former Fratton Park favourite – Noel Blake at the start of the second half, with the match goalless.
And Webster played a part in seeing the young Three Lions triumph at Telford as England took the friendly honours thanks to an injury-time penalty from Everton’s John Lundstram.
It was the second England under-19 appearance for Chichester-born Webster, who has forged his way into Pompey’s first-team plans this season.
PHOTO: Adam Webster making his appearance for England U18s.
Published on Wednesday 31 October 2012 14:53
Adam Webster has been called up to the England under-19s squad.
The Pompey defender last week made his under-18 debut during a 2-0 win over Italy.
Now Three Lions boss Noel Blake has promoted him into the under-19 set-up.
Webster is part of the 18-man squad that will take on Finland on Tuesday, November 13.
The fixture will be hosted at the home of AFC Telford
Published on Friday 26 October 2012
For Adam Webster, this time it was no Pompey initiation ceremony standing on a chair in a Cardiff hotel. This rendition of the national anthem was performed in front of a live stadium audience.What’s more, the 17-year-old was proudly sporting the Three Lions on his chest at the time.
Webster made his England debut in a 2-0 win over Italy on Wednesday in a team skippered by Gosport-born John Swift. West Wittering youngster Webster played the full 90 minutes for Noel Blake’s under-18s at Mansfield. Among the crowd was the Blues player’s dad, joined by his uncle and cousin who had travelled from Oxford. A moment to treasure for Webster, who has experienced a momentous 2012 in football.
Less then 12 months ago he was in the first year of an Academy scholarship. His breakthrough into the first-team set-up saw him perform Oasis’ Wonderwall alongside Sam Magri as part of the club’s initiation ceremony ahead of a fixture at Cardiff in January. The audience that day were the likes of Greg Halford, Liam Lawrence, David Norris, Jason Pearce and Dave Kitson. Such was the bad reception to Wonderwall, Webster had to instead sing the national anthem.
And on Wednesday night at Field Mill in front of 5,000 fans, he took centre stage again – only now as a Pompey first-team player and England international. Webster said: ‘I was so proud to get the call-up and finally play for England. ‘I never thought this would happen to me. I really didn’t. When I signed my scholarship, who would have thought I would be even training with the first team let alone representing England? ‘Before the match I stood there singing the national anthem, which was a quality moment. Thankfully, I know the words!
‘I remember when me and Sam Magri had our Pompey initiation last season and did Wonderwall. ‘The lads didn’t like it and told us to do something we knew the lyrics to. That ended up being the national anthem! ‘I found out last Friday about the call-up and was among seven or eight debutants on the night. ‘That helped me settle in and we did really well on the pitch considering we had been together for such a short space of time.
‘Personally, I thought I had a good, solid game. I played left-back for 55 minutes and then moved over to centre half for the last 35 minutes. We definitely deserved to win. Hopefully there will be many more games for me.’
After the match, Webster was taken back to his Copnor digs by his designated Football Association driver. His momentos from the game in the form of two England shirts currently lie on top of his chest of drawers.It has truly been a remarkable recent journey for the ex-Chichester High School for Boys pupil. He added: ‘It has to rank in my top three footballing moments. ‘Probably behind my debut against West Ham and this season’s Yeovil game. ‘I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep on training hard with Pompey.’
Wednesday October 24, 2012
Adam Webster enjoyed a dream debut as his England career got off to a winning start. The West Wittering youngster was named in Noel Blake’s under-18 line-up against Italy this evening. And he capped the occasion by helping his team to a 2-0 success.
For Webster, it was finally the opportunity to represent his country after Michael Appleton had turned down three previous England approaches. The arrival of Carl Dickinson on loan freed him up to join Blake’s squad. It meant, in the setting of Mansfield’s ground, the 17-year-old won his first international cap, playing the full 90 minutes.
‘I would have dreaded the conversation we would have had to have with Adam where I would have said “you can’t go again”. He is a fantastic lad. ‘I would have felt pretty guilty, despite it being a position I shouldn’t be put in. ‘It was a great opportunity for him to get away for three or four days, get away from everything going on here and get in with a group of players who are the best in the country at his age. ‘I know they think very highly of him, as we do.
‘We have had to play him in games where I shouldn’t have had to play him – and under normal circumstances I wouldn’t have played him. ‘But Adam has dealt with it okay. ‘He is starting to show a bit of maturity about him now, there is so much he needs to learn but he is at the right place to benefit from that.’
Sunday October 21, 2012
PHOTO: Adam Webster
Adam Webster has won his maiden call-up to the England under-18s.
The Pompey defender will today link up with the squad for their match against Italy on Wednesday.
For the 17-year-old it is finally chance to impress the England set-up having been stopped for answering three previous call-ups.
Only last month Michael Appleton had to step in and decline the offer with Pompey short on players to allow him to leave.
However, Webster is now in the England squad for the Italy clash at Mansfield.
Adam Webster celebrated his Pompey emergence and admitted: I’m loving it.
And the Blues starlet insists he’s learning at an accelerated rate after he got his second 90 minutes under his belt for the club during last night’s success at Yeovil.
Webster shone with a composed display in the 2-1 win at Huish Park. The 17-year-old also showed his versatility as he switched to left-back after impressing on the right flank against Scunthorpe on Saturday. And the West Wittering talent got forward on plenty of occasions and showed he isn’t being overawed by the move into senior football.
Webster said: ‘I’m loving it. ‘This time last year I was in the youth team, so it’s amazing. ‘I’m loving left-back and loving right-back. It’s developing me as a player massively. ‘I get the chance to get forward. ‘Left-back is no problem. Sometimes I think my left foot is better than my right. ‘The other defenders are always talking and Jon Harley was there and knows what to do.
‘When I played right-back on Saturday, Muzzy (Dumbuya) was there, so that helps me.‘We’ve got a lot of experience in our team.
‘I love bombing forward. I can do that from that position and show what I can do. ‘I’ve started the past two games and it’s so different to coming on. ‘I feel I’m learning so much about myself as a player all the time.’
Webster revealed Pompey’s plan at Yeovil was to start on the front foot and test the confidence of a Glovers side who had lost five games on the bounce going into last night’s game. He felt his team were always likely to pick up three points as they carved out a host of chances against Gary Johnson’s side.
Webster said: ‘We knew they might not be very confident at the minute ‘So we used that to our advantage.‘The work is starting to pay off now. We have been working extra hard. ‘We had a lot of chances and, perhaps, should have taken them earlier to kill the game off.‘We were unlucky in the first half. They came back into it in the second-half but I was always confident we would do it. ‘They had their spells but we rode it out. ‘We stuck in there and got a deserved win.’
It’s been a period to savour for Webster, with Pompey starts arriving along with England under-19 recognition. He couldn’t join up with the young Three Lions, though, with his presence needed in the Blues’ threadbare squad. Webster understood the reasons for that, although he admits the call from his country has boosted his morale. Webster said: ‘There’s mixed emotions. ‘I want to play for my country but I’m needed here. ‘All the time I’m needed here and we are winning, I’m happy. ‘It’s definitely adding to my confidence.’
March 2, 2012 From the official site
The storm clouds are above Fratton Park.
But amid all the financial gloom, there is at least the youthful promise of Adam Webster to provide a silver lining.
The 17-year-old defender has made three appearances from the bench since being drafted into the first team by Michael Appleton.
And Webster is enjoying his unexpected opportunity to impress both the Blues boss and the Fratton faithful.
“To get out on the pitch against West Ham was incredible,” he says in the official matchday magazine for Saturday’s clash with Middlesbrough at Fratton Park. “I got about 15 minutes to show what I could do and was pleased with how I’ve performed.
“I’ve made a couple more appearances since them and it’s been an amazing experience. Hopefully I can get a few more appearances under my belt and just keep improving as a player.
“The other academy lads were giving me a bit of stick when I first played and called me big-time, but I’m getting used to that now. They’ll soon get bored of doing it – they can only keep it up for so long!
“There have been a few other academy lads training with the first team and that’s good to see, even though part of the reason is that we’ve got such a small squad. Ashley Harris was the latest to progress to the bench against Leeds last week.”