Manchester City F.C. Reserves and Academy

Manchester City F.C. Reserves and Academy
MCFC Elite Development Squad
Manchester City crest
Full name Manchester City Elite Development Squad
Nickname(s) The Citizens, The Blues, City
Ground Ewen Fields
Hyde
Greater Manchester
England
(Capacity: 4,250 (550 seated))
Chairman United Arab Emirates Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager England Andy Welsh
League Barclays Premier
Reserve League North
2010–11 Season Second (North Group A)
A light blue shirt, white shorts, and light blue socks with maroon tops
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Manchester City is represented at Reserve level by the Elite Development Squad, also referred to as just the Elite Squad,[1] or EDS, a predominantly 'Under-21' side that replaced the previous (more senior) Reserve team in a move to focus on youth development post-academy. The club is represented at the 'Under-18' level by the Manchester City Academy team.

Contents

Elite Development Squad

The Elite Development Squad[2] used to play in the Barclays Premier Reserve League North in seasons prior to the current one. Starting with the 2011-12 season, the EDS will now compete in the NextGen Series competition,[3] a Champions League format tournament only open to a select group of 'Under-19' teams located in western Europe.[4] The NextGen Series organisers invited the 16 teams competing in the inaugural season of this new competition based on which clubs were considered to have the best academies in Europe.[5] The EDS will continue to play fixtures in both the Manchester Senior Cup and Lancashire Senior Cup plus several other matches and tournaments such as the Central League Cup.

Manchester City have fielded a reserve team since 1892, when the reserves played in the Lancashire Combination. The reserves were champions of the Lancashire Combination in 1901-02.[6] The club left the Lancashire Combination in 1911 to join the Central League upon its formation. The City reserve team then played in the Central League until 2000, winning it on three occasions in the 1977-78, 1986-87 and 1999-2000 seasons. In 2006 the club re-entered the Central League – now the Pontin's League (West) – but this time in order to provide games for the 'Under-17' age group of players.

Home ground

The EDS currently plays all of its home fixtures at Ewen Fields in a groundshare arrangement with Hyde F.C. (formerly Hyde United until June 2010) that is part of a much more comprehensive club partnership arrangement currently in place between Manchester City and Hyde.[7]

Squad numbers

The squad numbers depicted for the EDS players in this article are MCFC first team squad numbers - which means that these are the shirt numbers that the EDS players will wear if and when team-sheeted to play for the MCFC first team in either a friendly or competitive game. The MCFC official first team squad consists of about 40 players, give or take (this number varies over time and at the time of this writing the number is currently 38), which is why the EDS players' squad numbers start in the region of the high thirties. When these players represent the EDS team in NextGen Series or Manchester Senior Cup fixtures they wear shirt numbers assigned exclusively to the EDS players (e.g., the forward John Guidetti, who has a first team squad number of 60, will wear the No. 9 shirt when he plays for the EDS as its main striker).

The MCFC first team squad numbers are normally assigned and published in late July during the close season and they remain constant for the entire duration of the upcoming season (meaning that a squad number that is assigned to a player in the close season who subsequently wears that number in a competitive match, but who later leaves the club during that same season, will NOT be assigned to another player during the remainder of that season). The first team squad numbers depicted in this article are consequently current as of 29 July 2010.[8]

Current squad

The EDS is not really a reserve team squad although it is still frequently referred to as such. The core of the current squad[9] is made up of 19-22 year old players many of whom will spend all, or a large portion, of their season out on loan to other domestic and foreign professional clubs in order to increase their competitive playing experience. EDS players that become too old to be fielded as 'Under-21' status players are, in the majority of cases, either released or transferred to other clubs, or in the case of only the few most promising talents, promoted to the Manchester City first team squad. The most notable exceptions to that 'Under-21' cutoff rule are the goalkeepers who, because of their special skill set and potentially lengthier careers, might continue to play for the EDS into their mid to late twenties.

In addition to the main 19-22 year old core of youth players on the roster, the EDS also contains a select number of the best-talented 'Under-18' Academy players that regularly train and play at a level that is 1, 2 or even 3 years above their age peers. During a season these young players will play in both EDS and Academy team fixtures and accordingly they are considered to be members of both squads.[10] In order to avoid any confusion by listing the same names twice in this article, these dual-squad players are only listed as being a member of either one or other of the EDS and Academy team squads. The dual-squad 'Under-18' players that are listed as being members of the EDS squad are those that are officially defined as being part of that squad on the MCFC OWS, while all of the other dual-squad players are listed as being members of the Academy squad, even if they have made more appearances for the EDS team this season than some of those listed in the EDS squad. The dual-squad players on both team rosters are appropriately identified with an asterisk in each case.

Any of the EDS players might possibly be selected to be a member of the team sheet submitted for a first team fixture during the course of the season, and if they make the starting eleven, or are utilized as a substitute during the game, they will have played for the first team. Thus it is theoretically possible, although not very likely, for one of the 'Under-18' dual-squad players - such as Alex Henshall - to appear for the first team, the EDS team and the Academy team all in the same season.

Similarly, players from the MCFC first team may also be utilized in EDS matches from time to time (and like the 'Under-18' EDS players not listed in the Academy squad, they are also not listed on the EDS roster as they are already included in the more senior first team squad). First team players most likely to be so utilized by the EDS team will be those on the fringe of the first team that are not included in either of the UEFA or Premier League 25-man squads or are not seeing many first team appearances for other reasons, as well as first team players returning to full match fitness after a sustained layoff due to injury, or first team players that were expected to be out on loan for most or all of the season returning back from their loan spell early due to recall or other unforeseen situations. First team players suspended for breach of contract might also be utilized by the EDS team.


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
35 Israel MF Gai Assulin
36 Spain MF Denis Suárez *
44 Netherlands DF Karim Rekik
53 England DF Chris Chantler [11]
54 England DF Tom Smith
55 Republic of Ireland DF Sean Tse
56 Switzerland DF Frédéric Veseli
63 Norway GK Eirik Holmen Johansen
64 Spain FW Joan Ángel Román [12]
65 England MF Bradley Robinson [13]
No. Position Player
–– England MF Paul Clowes *
–– England FW Devante Cole *
–– England DF Luke Coulson *
–– England MF George Evans *
–– England GK Tom Halsall *
–– England MF Alex Henshall *
–– England DF Kieran Kennedy *
–– England DF Courtney Meppen-Walter *
–– England DF Ellis Plummer *
–– Slovakia MF Albert Rusnak *
Information in the above player listing is current as of end of 8 November 2011

Out on loan

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
41 England DF Ben Mee (at Burnley until end of the 2011–12 season)[14]
46 Germany GK Loris Karius (at Mainz 05 until end of the 2011-2012 season)[15]
47 England FW Harry Bunn (at Rochdale until end of year)[16]
48 Northern Ireland DF Ryan McGivern (at Bristol City until end of the 2011-12 season)
49 Italy FW Luca Scapuzzi (at Oldham Athletic until 2 January 2012)[17]
51 England DF Kieran Trippier (at Burnley until end of the 2011–12 season)[18]
52 Italy MF Andrea Mancini (at Oldham Athletic until 3 December 2011)[17]
58 England DF Reece Wabara (at Ipswich Town until end of year)[19]
59 Norway MF Omar Elabdellaoui (at Strømsgodset IF until end of the Tippeligaen season)[20]
60 Sweden FW John Guidetti (at Feyenoord until end of 2011–12 season)[21]
61 France DF Jérémy Hélan (at Carlisle United until mid-November)[22]
–– Ghana MF Mohammed Abu (at Strømsgodset IF until end of year)[23]
–– England MF Ahmad Benali (at Rochdale until end of the 2011–12 season)
–– Ghana DF Razak Nuhu (at Strømsgodset IF until end of the Tippeligaen season)
Information in the above player listing is current as of end of 4 November 2011

Manager history

Reserves
Elite Development Squad
  • England Andy Welsh (2010–)

Reserves and EDS Honours

  • Pontins Holiday Reserve League North
    • Winners (4): 1978, 1987, 2000, 2008

Academy

MCFC Academy
Manchester City crest
Full name Manchester City Academy
Nickname(s) The Citizens, The Blues, City
Ground Academy
Platt Lane
Fallowfield
Greater Manchester
Chairman United Arab Emirates Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager England Scott Sellers
Coach England Adam Sadler[24]
League Premier Academy League
2010–11 Season Fourth (Group C)
A light blue shirt, white shorts, and light blue socks with maroon tops
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Manchester City's Academy is responsible for youth development at the club, with the goal of developing young players for the future. The academy is one of the most revered in the country and since its new incarnation in 1998 it has produced more professional players than any other Premier League club.[25] To date, the club has produced 15 graduates who have received full international call-ups from their various countries; 14 that have represented their respective countries at the 'Under-21' or 'Under-20' level; 35 who have progressed on to become City first team players at some point; and more than 60 that are currently playing professional league football.[25]

History

The club's first youth team was set up by Albert Alexander in the 1920s,[26] known as the 'A' Team. From 1951 the 'A' team competed in the Lancashire League against reserve and youth teams of other clubs from North West England. From 1955 a second youth team, the 'B' team, typically comprising younger players than the 'A' team, competed in Division Two of the Lancashire League.

Youth football in England was restructured by the Football Association in 1997, with the introduction of the Academy system. Current International Youth Academy Director Jim Cassell joined from Oldham Athletic in July 1997 and was responsible for building Manchester City's youth structure, which gained Academy accreditation in 1998.

In its new incarnation, the 'A' and 'B' teams were replaced with 'Under-19' and 'Under-17' teams, which competed in the FA Premier Youth League. Since gaining FA approval the Academy has produced 35 first team players, 15 of whom have gained full international honours, including England internationals Shaun Wright-Phillips, Micah Richards and Joey Barton. The academy not only produces players for Manchester City but also players that have the talent to make the grade elsewhere, with players such as Glenn Whelan building a successful career at Sheffield Wednesday and now Stoke City and Dickson Etuhu similarly making his career at Fulham.

The Academy is based at Platt Lane in Fallowfield, which is the former first team training base before they moved to Carrington Training Centre in 2000. Platt Lane has two full 11-a-side grass pitches where the 'Under-18's play their Academy league games, one 11-a-side synthetic astroturf grass pitch, two covered synthetic astroturf grass domes and one uncovered synthetic astroturf grass. The club's academy teams from 'Under-8' through 'Under-18' also train at Platt Lane on weekdays after school. The 'Under-8' through 'Under-15' teams play their academy games at the first team's training base at Carrington on Sunday mornings.

Present day

Since the club was taken over in September 2008, with extra capital and increased ambitions the club looked to expand their successful academy further afield[27] and City in the Community programme in Manchester. In 2010, the Platt Lane complex was upgraded to include new facilities, such as a gym, changing rooms, as well as office and seminar space[28] The club also launched an instructional video website aimed at helping the new skills of prospective footballers[29]

Squad numbers

The squad numbers (if any) depicted for the Academy players in this article are MCFC first team squad numbers - which means that these are the shirt numbers that the Academy players will wear if and when team-sheeted to play for the MCFC first team in either a friendly or competitive game. When these players represent the MCFC Academy team in this season's Premier Academy League fixtures they wear shirt numbers assigned exclusively to the Academy players.

Current squad

As explained for the EDS player roster above, dual-squad players listed on tha Academy roster below are identified with an asterisk.


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
–– England GK Angus Gunn *
–– England GK Ian Ormson *
–– Republic of Ireland GK Ian Lawlor *
–– England DF Shay Facey *
–– England DF George King *
–– England DF Gregg Leigh *
–– England DF George Swan
–– England MF George Glendon *
–– England MF Louis Hutton *
No. Position Player
–– Wales MF Emyr Huws *
–– England FW Adam Drury *
–– England FW Jordi Hiwula *
–– England DF Ashley Smith-Brown
–– DF Sadik El-Fitouri
–– GK Billy O’Brien
–– Dominic McHale
–– Jack Byrne

Information in the above player listing is current as of end of 9 November 2011

Out on loan

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
Information in the above player listing is current as of end of 17 July 2011

Manager history

'A' Team
Academy

Honours

Academy graduates (1998–present)

Academy graduates who still play for Manchester City, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are highlighted in green.
Player Current Club Born International Honours Debut Manager
Shaun Wright-Phillips Queens Park Rangers England London Full England Caps Age 17 v Burnley, 24 August 1999[31] Joe Royle
Terry Dunfield Toronto Canada Vancouver Full Canada Caps Age 19 v Chelsea, 11 May 2001[32]
Chris Shuker Free agent England Liverpool Age 19 v Notts County, 11 September 2001[33] Kevin Keegan
Dickson Etuhu Fulham Nigeria Kano Full Nigeria Caps Age 19 v Birmingham City, 15 September 2001[34]
Leon Mike Retired England Manchester Age 19 v Portsmouth, 16 November 2001[35]
Chris Killen Shenzhen Ruby New Zealand Wellington Full New Zealand Caps Age 20 v Rotherham United, 24 November 2001[36]
Tyrone Mears Bolton Wanderers England Stockport Full Jamaican Caps Age 19 v Nottingham Forest, 30 March 2002[37]
Joey Barton Queens Park Rangers England Liverpool Full England Cap Age 21 v Bolton Wanderers, 5 April 2003[38]
Stephen Jordan Free agent England Warrington Age 21 v Bolton Wanderers, 5 April 2003[39]
Willo Flood Dundee United Republic of Ireland Dublin Ireland U21 Age 18 v The New Saints, 28 August 2003[40]
Glenn Whelan Stoke City Republic of Ireland Dublin Full Ireland Caps Age 19 v The New Saints, 28 August 2003[41]
Stephen Elliott Heart of Midlothian Republic of Ireland Dublin Full Ireland Caps Age 20 v Bolton Wanderers, 21 February 2004[42]
Bradley Wright-Phillips Charlton Athletic England London England U20 Age 19 v Barnsley, 21 September 2004[43]
Nedum Onouha Manchester City Nigeria Warri England U21 Age 18 v Arsenal, 24 October 2004[44]
Jonathan D'Laryea Gainsborough Trinity England Manchester Age 19 v Arsenal, 24 October 2004[45]
Lee Croft Derby County England Wigan England U20 Age 19 v Bolton Wanderers, 7 March 2005[46]
Stephen Ireland Aston Villa Republic of Ireland Cork Full Ireland Caps Age 19 v Bolton Wanderers, 18 September 2005[47] Stuart Pearce
Micah Richards Manchester City England Birmingham Full England Caps Age 17 v Arsenal, 22 October 2005[48]
Ishmael Miller Nottingham Forest England Manchester England U21 Age 19 v Wigan Athletic, 18 March 2006[49]
Michael Johnson Leicester City England Manchester England U21 Age 18 v Wigan Athletic, 21 October 2006[50]
Daniel Sturridge Chelsea England Birmingham England U21 Age 17 v Reading, 3 February 2007[51]
Kasper Schmeichel Leicester City Denmark Copenhagen Denmark U21 Age 19 v West Ham United, 11 August 2007[52] Sven-Göran Eriksson
Shaleum Logan Brentford England Manchester Age 19 v Bristol City, 29 August 2007[53]
Kelvin Etuhu Free agent Nigeria Kano Age 19 v Norwich City, 25 September 2007[54]
Ched Evans Sheffield United Wales Rhyl Full Wales Caps Age 18 v Norwich City, 25 September 2007[55]
Sam Williamson Free agent England Macclesfield Age 20 v Portsmouth, 20 April 2008[56]
Vladimír Weiss Espanyol Czechoslovakia Bratislava Full Slovakia Caps Age 19 v Bolton Wanderers, 24 May 2009[57] Mark Hughes
Dedryck Boyata Bolton Wanderers Belgium Brussels Full Belgium Caps Age 19 v Middlesbrough, 2 January 2010[58] Roberto Mancini
Abdisalam Ibrahim NEC Nijmegen Somalia Mogadishu Norway U21 Age 18 v Scunthorpe United, 24 January 2010[59]
Greg Cunningham Nottingham Forest Republic of Ireland Galway Full Ireland Caps Age 18 v Scunthorpe United, 24 January 2010[60]
Alex Nimely Middlesbrough Liberia Monrovia Liberia U20 / England U20 Age 18 v Burnley, 3 April 2010[61]
Javan Vidal Free agent England Manchester England U20 Age 21 v West Bromwich Albion, 22 Sep. 2010[62]
Ben Mee Burnley England Manchester England U21 Age 20 v West Bromwich Albion, 22 Sep. 2010[63]
John Guidetti Feyenoord Sweden Stockholm Sweden U21 Age 18 v West Bromwich Albion, 22 Sep. 2010[64]
Chris Chantler Manchester City England Cheadle Hulme Age 20 v Juventus, 16 December 2010[65]
Abdul Razak Portsmouth Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan Age 18 v West Bromwich Albion, 5 February 2011
Ryan McGivern Bristol City Northern Ireland Newry Full Northern Ireland Caps Age 21 v Sunderland, 3 April 2011[66]
Reece Wabara Ipswich Town England Quinton England U20 Age 19 v Bolton Wanderers, 22 May 2011[67]
Karim Rekik Manchester City Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands U17 Age 16 v Birmingham City, 21 September 2011
Luca Scapuzzi Oldham Athletic Italy Milan Age 20 v Birmingham City, 21 September 2011
Denis Suárez Manchester City Spain Salceda de Caselas Spain U17 Age 17 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 26 Oct. 2011

Information in the above table is current as of 3 November 2011

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  41. ^ "The Graduates: No.11 Glenn Whelan". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 10 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-No-11-Glenn-Whelan. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  42. ^ "The Graduates: No.12 Stephen Elliott". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 10 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-No-12-Stephen-Elliott. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  43. ^ "The Graduates: No.13 Bradley Wright-Phillips". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 11 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-No-13-Bradley-Wright-Phillips. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  44. ^ "The Graduates: No.14 Nedum Onouha". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 11 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-No14-Nedum-Onuoha. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  45. ^ "The Graduates: No.15 Jonathan D'Laryea". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 12 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-No15-Jonathan-DLaryea. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  46. ^ "The Graduates: No.16 Lee Croft". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 12 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-16-Lee-Croft. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  47. ^ "The Graduates: No.17 Stephen Ireland". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 13 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-17-Stephen-Ireland. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  48. ^ "The Graduates: No.18 Micah Richards". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 13 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-18-Micah-Richards. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  49. ^ "The Graduates: No.19 Ishmael Miller". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 13 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-19-Ishmael-Miller. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  50. ^ "The Graduates: No.20 Michael Johnson". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 18 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-20-Michael-Johnson. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  51. ^ "The Graduates: No.21 Daniel Sturridge". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 19 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-21-Daniel-Sturridge. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  52. ^ "The Graduates: No.22 Kasper Schmeichel". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 19 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-22-Kasper-Schmeichel. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  53. ^ "The Graduates: No.23 Shaleum Logan". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 20 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-23-Shaleum-Logan. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  54. ^ "The Graduates: No.24 Kelvin Etuhu". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 20 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-No23-Kelvin-Etuhu. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  55. ^ "The Graduates: No.25 Ched Evans". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 25 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-No25-Ched-Evans. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  56. ^ "The Graduates: No.26 Sam Williamson". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 25 October 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/October/The-Graduates-No-26-Sam-Williamson. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  57. ^ "The Graduates: No.27 Vladimír Weiss". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 7 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/The-Graduates-27-Vladi-Weiss. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  58. ^ "The Graduates: No.28 Dedryck Boyata". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 7 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/Graduates-No28-Dedryck-Boyata. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  59. ^ "The Graduates: No.29 Abdisalam Ibrahim". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 8 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/Graduates-No29-Ibrahim. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  60. ^ "The Graduates: No.30 Greg Cunningham". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 8 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/The-Graduates-number-30-Greg-Cunningham. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  61. ^ "The Graduates: No.31 Alex Nimely". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 9 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/The-Graduates-No31-Alex-Nimely. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  62. ^ "The Graduates: No.32 Javan Vidal". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 9 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/Graduates-No32-Javan-Vidal. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  63. ^ "The Graduates: No.33 Ben Mee". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 10 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/The-Graduates-33-Ben-Mee. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  64. ^ "The Graduates: No.34 John Guidetti". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 10 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/Graduates-No34-John-Guidetti. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  65. ^ "The Graduates: No.35 Chris Chantler". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 14 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/Graduates-No35-Chris-Chantler. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  66. ^ "The Graduates: No.36 Ryan McGivern". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 14 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/Graduates-No36-Ryan-McGivern. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  67. ^ "The Graduates: No.37 Reece Wabara". mcfc.co.uk. (Manchester City Football Club). 15 November 2011. http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Academy-news/2011/November/No37-Reece-Wabara. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 

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