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Makes our decision to close the academy the correct one.
 
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That's actually quite sad. They chew them up and spit them out. Where's that mug who always trolls us when an ex-academy players signs a deal with anyone?
 

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That's actually quite sad. They chew them up and spit them out. Where's that mug who always trolls us when an ex-academy players signs a deal with anyone?

Exactly - Danny Buck. I’m surprised some of our former academy staff are able to find their heads as it’s disappeared so far up their arses. Not so cocky now.

The decision to close the academy was one of the bravest and correct decisions this club has ever made. If not to get rid of a load of peacocks swanning around nicking a living.
 
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Exactly - Danny Buck. I’m surprised some of our former academy staff are able to find their heads as it’s disappeared so far up their arses. Not so cocky now.

The decision to close the academy was one of the bravest and correct decisions this club has ever made. If not to get rid of a load of peacocks swanning around nicking a living.

No, not him. There's one worse than that.
 
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It is still early days but nobody has yet come back to haunt us from the Academy and the number of promising B team players ready to contribute at first team level reinforces just what a good decision it was. Look at the team that won the Milk Cup in 2012 as under 15s - a fantastic achievement at the time.

Brentford: Jordan Carey; Jordan Watson (sub Romayn Pennant 58 mins), Daniel Webster, Audrius Laucys, Ben Peden; James Ferry, Herson Rodiguez Alves, Reece Cole, Bradley Clayton (sub Rimelle Straker h/t); Courtney Senior, Seika Jatta (sub Mikael Bongili 38 mins (sub Courtney Austin 52 mins))

Subs (not used): Jake Lewis, Tom Field, Andrew Mills.

By now you'd expect some of them to be first team regulars as only four of them have ever played first team football, Ferry, Cole, Senior and Field.

We made entirely the right decision.
 

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Saw an article on the bbc earlier about west brom complaining about losing one of their young strikers to one of the big boys and only getting a pittance, think it said they were writing to the f.a to complain about the system. Cant find the article now though. Instead of just hopelessly complaining about the system we found our way round it
 

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By now you'd expect some of them to be first team regulars as only four of them have ever played first team football, Ferry, Cole, Senior and Field.

If you count the players who have played in a fully professional league, yeah those four plus Mikael Bongili, who is now known as Mikael Ndjoli. A few others are playing non-league, but yeah, that Milk Cup win doesn't seem such a grand achievement anymore!
 

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The age group to look out for was the 2016 (?) group of 12/13 year olds, iirc. That had a lot of potential. A number playing for England under 16’s etc already.
 

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It is still early days but nobody has yet come back to haunt us from the Academy and the number of promising B team players ready to contribute at first team level reinforces just what a good decision it was. Look at the team that won the Milk Cup in 2012 as under 15s - a fantastic achievement at the time.

Brentford: Jordan Carey; Jordan Watson (sub Romayn Pennant 58 mins), Daniel Webster, Audrius Laucys, Ben Peden; James Ferry, Herson Rodiguez Alves, Reece Cole, Bradley Clayton (sub Rimelle Straker h/t); Courtney Senior, Seika Jatta (sub Mikael Bongili 38 mins (sub Courtney Austin 52 mins))

Subs (not used): Jake Lewis, Tom Field, Andrew Mills.

By now you'd expect some of them to be first team regulars as only four of them have ever played first team football, Ferry, Cole, Senior and Field.

We made entirely the right decision.

This kind of stuff is fascinating - and if you’re a bit sad like I am and go back through the squads of the F.A. youth cup finals of pretty much every year, so very few make it - but people like Forss of who was obviously let go earlier from WBA and did nothing in their academy, against the bees that year, yet we sign him and seem to rate him very highly.

Either we have a firm belief in the right type of young player, or the way we coach, or they all develop differently I can’t understand.

It must be interesting for example to see balcombe and gunnarsson in training together. Balcombe has the build for a keeper and gunnarsson doesn’t at the moment, but the powers that be seem to prefer gunnarsson
 

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That's actually quite sad. They chew them up and spit them out. Where's that mug who always trolls us when an ex-academy players signs a deal with anyone?

Miguel Rios loved to throw a Tweet out there........... Been a bit quiet lately. Was very bitter at the time.
 

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Miguel Rios loved to throw a Tweet out there........... Been a bit quiet lately. Was very bitter at the time.

Ahhhh my mate Muguel....less I say the better I guess...lol
 

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Miguel Rios loved to throw a Tweet out there........... Been a bit quiet lately. Was very bitter at the time.

Now working for Opta after leaving Fulham and Wolves pretty sharpish. Leader of the head up their arse brigade.
 

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Aren't NAC Breda affiliated to Manchester City? I wouldn't be surprised if they were behind this deal in some way.
 

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It is still early days but nobody has yet come back to haunt us from the Academy and the number of promising B team players ready to contribute at first team level reinforces just what a good decision it was. Look at the team that won the Milk Cup in 2012 as under 15s - a fantastic achievement at the time.

Brentford: Jordan Carey; Jordan Watson (sub Romayn Pennant 58 mins), Daniel Webster, Audrius Laucys, Ben Peden; James Ferry, Herson Rodiguez Alves, Reece Cole, Bradley Clayton (sub Rimelle Straker h/t); Courtney Senior, Seika Jatta (sub Mikael Bongili 38 mins (sub Courtney Austin 52 mins))

Subs (not used): Jake Lewis, Tom Field, Andrew Mills.

By now you'd expect some of them to be first team regulars as only four of them have ever played first team football, Ferry, Cole, Senior and Field.

We made entirely the right decision.


Did you, or anyone else see the tweets about our academy from the 'Chelsea Youth' twitter account today? (Sorry I don't know how to add a tweet to here).
 

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Boring, heard it all before. These people all know each other. When one of these kids actually achieves something rather than making up numbers in an academy then maybe we can return to this argument.
 
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How many would still be at Brentford? If they're that good, they would probably still go to those clubs for peanuts. We'll grab some back when they are kicked out of their clubs at 19.
 

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The age group to look out for was the 2016 (?) group of 12/13 year olds, iirc. That had a lot of potential. A number playing for England under 16’s etc already.

Did you, or anyone else see the tweets about our academy from the 'Chelsea Youth' twitter account today? (Sorry I don't know how to add a tweet to here).


That's the age group I mentioned earlier.

There was a very very talented pool of players. However, a decision was made, rightly or wrongly, to go forward without them.

It'll be interesting to see if any do actually make the step up to become a professional footballer........
 
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Jon De Souza Head of the academy there.
 

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Scored his first pro goal yesterday to earn ColU a 1-0 win
 
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Released by Colchester.
 

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Thats a big fall.

Must have the potential. Attitude issues?
 

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Maybe he is just a bit sh*t more to football than just having a good attitude

Yes but i would counter with attitude playing a big part. Can have all the ability under the sun. Doesn't mean a thing if you attitude stinks. Can list loads of players who didnt hit the heights because of the way they went about life and their footballing career.
 

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Yes but i would counter with attitude playing a big part. Can have all the ability under the sun. Doesn't mean a thing if you attitude stinks. Can list loads of players who didnt hit the heights because of the way they went about life and their footballing career.

Equally I can quote loads of lads who worked hard great attitude who in the end were just a bit sh*t
 
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