Crewe Alexandra F.C. Academy

Crewe Alexandra F.C. Academy

Crewe Alexandra F.C. gained a strong reputation for its youth policy, achieving official status as a FA Youth Academy in the late 1990s. By concentrating on developing its own players the club remained profitable (a rare thing in lower division football at the time) by selling them on after they have gained experience with Crewe. The Academy is known to stress technical excellence, which accords with the aim to have the first team play attractive, passing football. Most of the club's achievement in youth development have come from former manager Dario Gradi, who now serves as manager of the Academy.

Players who passed through the ranks at Crewe include the England international players Geoff Thomas and David Platt and Welshman Robbie Savage, and Northern Ireland internationals Neil Lennon and Steve Jones (Platt was the most successful, totalling more than £20 million in transfers and captaining the England team). All these were youngsters signed from other clubs, but Gradi also had considerable success in nurturing Crewe's own trainees - notably full England internationals Rob Jones, Danny Murphy, Seth Johnson and Dean Ashton and Wales international David Vaughan.

Approximately 75 former youth players have also made it into the first team at Crewe.

Current squad

As of October 2010.

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

No. Position Player
18 England GK Ben Garrett
England DF Luke George
England DF Danny Ting
20 England DF Oliver Turton
England DF Andy White
England DF Ryan Hughes
England DF George Ray
England DF Joe Guest
24 England MF Casper Hughes
No. Position Player
England MF Paris Bateman
England MF Brendan Daniels
England MF Chris Peach
England FW Harry Clayton
England FW Michael Koral
England FW Jason Oswell
18 England FW Max Clayton
25 England FW Nick Powell


Players highlighted in bold have gained international caps for their countries. Players who were signed straight to the first team from elsewhere are not included (such as former internationals Neil Lennon, David Platt, Robbie Savage, and Geoff Thomas).

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