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10 Peterborough (H) YAL D 1-1 Report
17 Northampton (A) YAL W 2-0 Report
24 MK Dons (H) YAL W 4-1 Report
31 Luton (A) YAL L 2-4 Report

07 Watford (H) YAC D 2-2 Report
14 Dag & Red (A) YAL W 2-1 Report
28 Barnet (A) YAC W 3-1 Report

05 AFC Wimbledon (H) YAC W 2-1 Report
12 Gillingham (A) YAL L 1-4 Report
26 Crawley (A) YAC W 1-0 Report

02 Leyton Orient (H) YAL W 3-0 Report
05 Moneyfields (H) FAYC W 12-0 Report
09 AFC Wimbledon (A) YAL W 3-2 Report
16 Southend (H) YAL W 2-0 Report
19 Barton Rovers (H) FAYC W 1-0 Report
23 Crawley (A) YAL YAL W 3-0 Report

07 Southend (A) YAC W 2-1 Report
10 Southampton (A) FAYC L 0-7 Report
14 Dag & Red (H) YAL

18 Gillingham (H) YAL
25 AFC Wimbledon (H) YAL

08 Leyton Orient (A) YAL
22 Southend (A) YAL

01 Crawley (H) YAL
15 Colchester (H) YAL
22 Barnet (A) YAL

Cheltenham (H) YAC

YAL: Youth Alliance Under-18 South-East League
FAYC: FA Youth Cup
YAC: Youth Alliance Cup



Pompey Academy bow out of FA Youth Cup

Tuesday December 10, 2013 10:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England

Pompey’s Academy slipped to a crushing 7-0 defeat at Southampton in the FA Youth Cup tonight.

Andy Awford’s youngsters were always going to be the underdogs at St Mary’s.

Yet, once the hosts broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, it became a massive battle to keep Saints at bay.

In truth, up until Jake Hesketh’s opener the Blues had more than held their own and could have even have taken the lead when Lewis Horsburgh had been put clean through.

In the end, though, only the excellence of Blues keeper Alex Bass kept the already emphatic final scoreline down, as he produced a magnificent display in goal.

Niall Mason made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, and after the break a Sam Gallagher hat-trick, a second for Hesketh and substitute Mark Irvine completed the result, witnessed by a crowd of 3,814 – of which 616 were Pompey fans.


Academy Down Daggers

We showed character to come from behind and win"  Paul Hardyman 

Published on 15th September 2013 by Neil Weld

Kim and Close on target for Pompey

Pompey Academy came from behind to win 2-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge in the Youth Alliance League.

Brandon Haunstrup played a key role in the Blues’ equaliser, running almost the full length of the pitch before combining well with Fahad Rwakarambwe down the right.

The midfielder sent a cross into the box and Kim Jae Heon’s shot bounced down into the ground and over the Daggers goalkeeper.

Bradley Tarbuck then threaded a pass through to Ben Close, who coolly slid home the winner from just inside the box.

Academy coach Paul Hardyman said: “We performed well against Watford in the cup last week and only got a draw.

“Our display against Dagenham wasn’t as good, but we won the game – football’s like that sometimes.

“We didn’t play as well as we could – and should – have, but the lads dug in and ground out a result.

“It was a mixed bag. Dagenham might have scored more goals – they hit the crossbar and the post, while Harry Medway had to clear a shot off the line.

“But we showed character to come from behind and win, while both our goals were good to watch.”

Pompey: Raine; Haunstrup, Field, Whatmough (c), Medway; Chaplin (Rwakarambwe 36), Granger (Tarasenko 63), Close, Kim; Tabuck, Horsburgh (Smart 75)

Published on Thursday 10 January 2013

Pompey’s Academy has received assurances its structure will be spared in the latest round of cost-cutting by administrators PKF.

But costs will be slashed elsewhere within the youth system to compensate.

The News understands the Academy was under consideration to be reduced to leave the club with just under-16 and under-18 teams.

That would have seen the scrapping of six Fratton Park age groups, from the under-nines upwards.

More importantly, it would devastate the existing system which has been pinpointed as the backbone of the club moving forward.

PKF have declined to go into detail over their next cost-cutting target with the club still in administration.

However, it is understood Pompey staff had already been briefed about such Academy proposals.

Now Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford have been told by PKF the Academy will continue in its existing form until the end of the season.

It represents positive news – although the blow is cuts are required elsewhere within the set-up.

And that will put immense pressure on Awford and his five full-time members of staff with an annual budget already around £450,000.

The past week has seen the administrators serve a month’s notice on their Eastleigh training ground in an effort to cut costs.

The Blues’ highest-earning players have also been told they will not be offered new contracts, with Brian Howard, Lee Williamson, Mustapha Dumbuya and Jon Harley to be released.

The next round of cost-cutting is now underway with PKF insisting it is crucial with the club still in administration.

A PKF spokesman said: ‘We are looking at various cost-cutting measures at the moment as the club remains in administration.

‘However, we are not going to comment on specifics at this stage.’

A flourishing Academy is perceived as crucial to the club’s future, particularly should it fall into League Two.

In 2012, five existing youth players were sold, four of them to Premier League clubs.

Current first-team players Ashley Harris and Adam Webster came through the Pompey ranks.

Similarly, Dan Butler, now named in the squad, has been with the Blues for the past eight years.

Matt Ritchie, Marlon Pack and Joel Ward have gone on to make names for themselves in the Football League.

And James Keene and Jason Pearce left after coming through the system – only to return as first-team players.

When Paul Hart headed the set-up in the Premier League, around £3.5m was spent on the Academy in one year.

Now there is no recruitment budget for Awford and Academy staff are often filling two jobs to cope with previous cut backs.


Portsmouth F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Portsmouth F.C.
Full name Portsmouth FC Reserves and Academy
Nickname(s) Pompey
The Blues
The Blue Army
Founded 1898
Ground West Leigh Park
Havant, England
(capacity: 5,250 (526 seated))
Manager Andy Awford
League Premier Reserve League South
Premier Academy League U18 Group A
2012–13 League One: 15th
Premier Academy League Group A: 10th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Portsmouth F.C. Reserves and Academy consist of the reserve and academy footballers of Portsmouth F.C..


The Reserves

The Portsmouth Reserves consist of mainly young players under the age of 21 who are no longer eligible for the academy but are still trying to make the step up to the senior team. The reserve team is also often used to give senior squad players and senior players returning from injury the chance to play and keep or build up match fitness, or for trialists at the club to impress in a competitive match. The team was last managed by Guy Whittingham and played their matches at Havant and Waterlooville's home ground West Leigh Park. They played in the Premier Reserve League South. The club announced on 7 July 2010 that they would opt out of the Combination Reserve League for the upcoming season, leaving the club without the ability to field a competitive reserve team.[1] Instead, young players are being sent out on loan to other football clubs for first-team action and a number of friendly matches will be arranged over the course of the season for the reserve players to play in. In 2012 Portsmouth returned with a Development squad. This contains Substitute first team players as well as advanced youth players. Both parties are still allowed to play in the first team or academy depending on age as, all Development squad matches are friendlies.

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

Position Player
13 England GK Simon Eastwood
22 England DF Adam Webster
30 England DF Jack Whatmough
41 England DF Elliot Wheeler
34 England DF Dan Butler
38 Australia DF Alex Grant
32 England MF Bradley Tarbuck
Position Player
6 Gibraltar MF Liam Walker
11 England MF Jack Compton
37 Wales MF George Colson
39 Australia MF Andy Higgins
36 England FW Dan Thompson
31 England FW Jack Maloney
21 England FW Ashley Harris

Other players

*^Note 1 : List contains players unlisted on the clubs' official first team squad list[2] though still contracted to the club or players currently at the club without contract.

*^Note 2 : All these players have a professional contract, but still playing for Academy.

The Academy

Portsmouth were granted academy status at the beginning of the 2007/2008 season.[3] In their first year as an academy side, they finished a highly respectable 4th place finish in the Premier League Academy Group A, beating some well established academy sides such as those of Southampton and Crystal Palace. The academy is currently ran by Andy Awford, a position formerly held at the club by Paul Hart.

Currently Adam Webster and Ashley Harris are notable graduates in the first team squad.

Academy team

Player DOB POB Position International Caps Previous Club Goals Matches Notes
2nd year scholars (players born between 1 September 1994 and 31 August 1995)[4]
England Jack Burns 1994 Portsmouth[5] DF U16 0 0
England Liam Triggs 1994 Ryde DF Oakfield Youth FC[6] 0 0
England Joshua Warren 8 February 1995 Portsmouth DF U16 0 0
England Adam Webster 4 January 1995 West Wittering[7] CB England U18 U16 0 0
England Nick Awford 1995 Portsmouth MF U16 0 0
England Kane Cook 1995 Basingstoke MF Pace Youth FC[8] 0 0
Wales James Hartson 1994 Swansea MF Celtic 0 0
England George Branford 15 October 1994 Ashington MF U16 0 0
England Aaron Kinchen 1994 Chichester[9] CF U16 0 0
England Jack Maloney 8 December 1994 Ryde CF Oakfield Youth FC[6] 0 0
1st year scholars (players born between 1 September 1995 and 31 August 1996)[10]
France Claude Da Costa 21 October 1996 GK U16 0 0
Northern Ireland Connor O'Hara 18 January 1996[11] Folkestone GK Northern Ireland U17 Arsenal 0 0
England Jack Whatmough 1996 Gosport CB Southampton 0 0
England Harry Medway 1996 Havant LB[12] U16 0 0
England Chad Field DF U16 0 0
England Harvey Sparks DF Worthing Youth FC 0 0
South Korea Jae Heon Kim 1996 London MF U16 0 0
England Ben Close 1996 Portsmouth CM U16 0 0
Australia Nicholas Tarasenko Sydney CM U16 0 0
England Bradley Tarbuck 6 November 1995[13] Emsworth RM U16 0 0
Burundi Fahad Rwakarambwe AM U16 0 0
England Lewis Horsburgh 1995 Waterlooville CF U16 0 0

Academy graduates (2000–present)

Academy graduates who still play for Portsmouth, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are highlighted in green.
Player Current Club Born International Honours Debut Manager
Gary O'Neil West Ham United England Bromley England U-21 caps Age 16 v Barnsley, 29 January 2000 Tony Pulis
Rowan Vine QPR England Basingstoke   Age 18 v Sheffield United, 23 December 2000 Steve Claridge
Chris Tardif Guernsey Guernsey Guernsey   Age 18 v Tranmere Rovers, 6 January 2001
Carl Pettefer AFC Totton England Taplow   Age 20 v West Bromwich Albion, 7 April 2001 Graham Rix
Lewis Buxton Sheffield Wednesday England Newport   Age 17 v Stockport County, 25 August 2001
Shaun Cooper Crawley Town England Newport   Age 18 v Crystal Palace, 5 March 2002
Anthony Pulis Aldershot Town England Bristol Wales U-19 caps Age 20 v Cardiff City, 9 November 2004 Harry Redknapp
James Keene Elfsborg England Wells   Age 19 v Bolton Wanderers, 7 May 2005 Alain Perrin
Marc Wilson Stoke City Northern Ireland Aghagallon Full Ireland caps Age 21 v Chelsea, 24 September 2008 Harry Redknapp
Joel Ward Crystal Palace England Portsmouth   Age 19 v Hereford United, 26 August 2009 Paul Hart
Gauthier Mahoto Le Mans France France   Age 17 v Hereford United, 26 August 2009
Asmir Begović Stoke City Bosnia and Herzegovina Trebinje Full Bosnia caps Age 21 v Sunderland, 18 May 2009
Lenny Sowah Hamburg Germany Hamburg Germany U-19 caps Age 17 v Blackburn Rovers, 3 April 2010 Avram Grant
Matt Ritchie Swindon Town England Gosport   Age 20 v Wigan Athletic, 14 April 2010
Nadir Çiftçi Kayserispor Netherlands The Hague Turkey U-19 caps Age 18 v Coventry City, 7 August 2010 Steve Cotterill
Peter Gregory Nottingham Forest England Eastbourne   Age 18 v Coventry City, 7 August 2010
Marlon Pack Cheltenham England Portsmouth   Age 19 v Crystal Palace, 24 August 2010
Tom Kilbey Free Agent England Leytonstone   Age 20 v Watford, 1 January 2011
Ryan Williams Fulham Australia Perth   Age 17 v Middlesbrough, 6 August 2011
Jason Pearce Leeds England Hillingdon   Age 23 v Reading, 16 August 2011
Adam Webster Portsmouth England West Wittering England U-18 cap Age 17 v West Ham United, 14 January 2012 Michael Appleton
Ashley Harris Portsmouth England Poole   Age 18 v Birmingham, 20 March 2012
Jack Maloney Portsmouth England Ryde   Age 17 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Bradley Tarbuck Portsmouth England Portsmouth   Age 16 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Sam Magri QPR England Portsmouth England U-19 caps Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Dan Butler Portsmouth England Cowes   Age 17 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Jed Wallace Portsmouth England Reading   Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Dan Thompson Portsmouth England Wandsworth   Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
George Colson Portsmouth England Cowes   Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Alex Grant Portsmouth England Manchester   Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Andy Higgins Portsmouth Australia Perth   Age 18 v Plymouth, 14 August 2012
Jack Compton Portsmouth England Torquay   Age 23 v Bournemouth, 18 August 2012

Information in the above table is current as of 18 August 2012

Other notable academy graduates

England England
Wales Wales


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Torquay United 0 Pompey 0 (HT 0-0)
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Saturday, Aug 31, 2013
Pompey 0 Chesterfield 2 (HT 0-0)

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Mansfield Town 2 Pompey 2 (HT 1-2)

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