UK time is: 13:36:12
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Former Academy Kids Rise Again

There seems to be a resurgence of a generation of academy players who never made the grade at Gresty Road. Whilst the academy produces over half our average squad - 10 of those in the 18 man squad against Burton came through the club's academy - it sees even more youngsters released; many before they've signed a professional contract, most before they've even played a professional game.

It just goes to show the true depth of the academy when you take into account the many youngsters still making their way back into the leagues having been brought up in the Alex academy. Only on Saturday did we see Ryan Austin in the centre of the Burton Albion defence, picking up the Man of the Match award at the Pirelli Stadium, five years after he was let go by Dario without pulling on a Crewe shirt.

You don't have to go far to find others; Mark Roberts is currently captaining Stevenage whilst Gareth Evans is now a regular scoring at this level with Bradford City. Down the A500 in Burslem, even the pleasant lot at Vale Park are reaping the rewards of our academy. Defenders Adam Yates and Richie Sutton both products of the youth system, with Yates have a place firmly cemented in the Vale starting 11.

League Two isn't the limit neither. This summer has seen former academy midfielder Andy Bond return to professional football, signing for Colchester United following his departure from Barrow. Bond never made a first team appearance for the Railwaymen but, after a tour of the non-league, he's now fighting for promotion to the Championship at his new club. This BBC Blog gives a good account of Bond's rise back up the leagues.

And he could soon be followed into League One with this week's news that Amari Morgan-Smith is on trial at Carlisle United. Since leaving Gresty Road, Smith has had spells at Stockport and most recently Ilkeston, but with Ilkeston going under two weeks ago it's left Smith with the perfect opportunity to return to league football having previously received interest off Derby County.

So, whilst we only see the crème de la crème, the academy continues to be as productive as ever for the whole of English football.



................................Follow Us On TwitterFollow Us On Facebook




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Dink Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 22 2010

Time: 10:00PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Crewe Alexandra Articles

Davis still backs team (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Doubtful duo isolated (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Crewe could re-sign defender (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Striker desperate to recover (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Crewe lose out (Saturday December 13 2014)

We deserved better - Davis (Saturday December 13 2014)

Key clash for the Alex (Friday December 12 2014)

Crewe shock finalists (Wednesday December 10 2014)

Striker thrilled to return (Wednesday December 10 2014)

Archived Crewe Alexandra Articles

List All Vital Crewe Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Scunthorpe 2 - 1 Crewe
Crewe 1 - 1 Doncaster
Leyton Orient 4 - 1 Crewe
Crewe 0 - 0 Chesterfield
Crawley 1 - 1 Crewe
Crewe 0 - 1 Sheff Utd

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Gillingham 20 5 7 8 -6 22
19. Scunthorpe 19 6 4 9 -9 22
20. Crawley 20 5 7 8 -11 22
21. Yeovil 20 5 5 10 -12 20
22. Leyton Orient 20 4 7 9 -6 19
23. Colchester 20 4 5 11 -13 17
24. Crewe 20 4 4 12 -23 16

Breaking League News

Sheff Utd v Walsall - Preview
» Walsall : 19/12/2014 13:33:00
Score Predictions v Orient
» Barnsley : 19/12/2014 13:22:00
Who Should Start Against Orient?
» Barnsley : 19/12/2014 13:17:00
Wilson Reaches Milestone
» Barnsley : 19/12/2014 13:02:00
Preview: MK Dons vsOldham
» MK Dons : 19/12/2014 12:30:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By:  Vital Crewe
Yes 50%
No 50%