Charlton Athletic F.C. Academy

Charlton Athletic F.C. Academy
Charlton Athletic Academy
Charlton Athletic crest
Full name Charlton Athletic Football Club Youth Academy
Nickname(s) The Addicks
Founded 1998
Ground Sparrows Lane, New Eltham
Chairman England Richard Murray
Development Coach England Damian Matthew
League Premier Academy League Group A
2009–10 Premier Academy League Group A, 8th
Home colours
Away colours

Charlton Athletic Football Club Youth Academy are the youth team of Charlton Athletic. Their Under-18 team play in the highest level of youth football in England, the FA Premier Academy League, however the academy takes boys from the ages of 9 upwards.

The U18 team also has strong connotations with the Charlton Reserves squad, where senior members of the team may make appearances. The academy is run by the clubs development coach Damian Matthew who also has important roles in both the first & reserve teams & assistant academy manager Steve Avory.



The Charlton Athletic Youth Academy was a development of Charlton's commitment to develop young players, a scheme which started in the early-mid 1990s when there was an explosion of young talent under joint managers Steve Gritt & Alan Curbishley. Notable players such as Scott Minto, Kim Grant, Anthony Barness, Lee Bowyer, Richard Rufus, Linvoy Primus, Shaun Newton, Jlloyd Samuel, Jamie Stuart, Kevin Lisbie, Paul Konchesky & Scott Parker all came through the ranks.

This was followed by the creation of the Youth Academy in 1998, aiming to find the best local, and worldwide talent to bring to Charlton at a young age. There are many English players playing in the top tier of English football who began their footballing career at the Charlton Youth Academy, including Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson, Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey, Sunderland's Michael Turner, Spurs' Jermain Defoe and Newcastle's Robert Elliot as well as current Charlton first team players Chris Solly, Yado Mambo, Scott Wagstaff and Callum Harriott.[1]

In June 2010 Steve Gritt's contract at the club was terminated due to financial restraints. The role of Academy manager was abolished following Gritt's redundancy, and control of the youth set up has been handed over to development coach Damien Matthew & assistant academy manager Steve Avory.[2]

Since 1998 20 Players have made it though the Academy to taste first team Football with Charlton.

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
Republic of Ireland GK Darren Randolph
England GK Rob Elliot
England DF Jonathan Fortune
England DF Osei Sankofa
England DF Nathan Ashton
Wales DF Grant Basey
England DF Chris Solly
England DF Yado Mambo
Finland DF Carl Jenkinson
No. Position Player
Jamaica MF Jamal Campbell-Ryce
England MF Lloyd Sam
Republic of Ireland MF Harry Arter
England MF Jonjo Shelvey
England MF Scott Wagstaff
England MF Josh Wright
England MF Rashid Yussuff
Cyprus MF Alex Stavrinou
England MF Callum Harriott
England FW Charlie MacDonald
Turkey FW Tamer Tuna

Notable Academy graduates

NB: Bold players are still playing in Charlton Athletic F.C.

Valley Gold

The Valley Gold scheme was previously set up to aid Charlton's return to The Valley. When a supporter signs up to the scheme, they now have the opportunity to win up to £15,000 at half-time on home match days, as well as getting £15 off the price of their season ticket and the opportunity to have first priority to away games or high demand home matches.

Since Charlton's return to the Valley in December 1992 the scheme has since used to give financial support to the Charlton Youth Academy, to help nurture Charlton stars of the future.[3]


Competition Achievement Year
FA Youth Cup Finalists 1987


As of 26 Jan 2011.[4]

Current squad

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
30 England GK Conor Gough
40 England GK Brendan Hall
-- England GK George Howard
-- England DF Semi Ajayi
-- England DF Adebayo Azeez
29 England DF Jordan Cousins
-- England DF Morgan Fox
-- England DF Harry Osbourne
No. Position Player
-- England DF Joe Carter
-- England DF Conor Morris
-- England MF Stephen Camacho
27 England MF Freddie Warren
-- England MF Bradley Goldberg
26 England MF Callum Harriott
-- England MF Bradley Jordan
-- England FW Tosan Popo
-- England FW Joe Pigott
-- England FW Jamel Willer


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