A while ago now I was speaking with MFW regular Alex Bain and somewhere in the conversation there emerged the concept that when it comes to buying low and selling high, it doesn’t always work out that way. And nor does it for many home-grown Academy lads either.
For every Emi there’s an Aidan Fitzpatrick, for every Madders a Conor McGrandles and for every Ben Godfrey a Sean Raggett.
When Alex posed the question I responded: I haven’t got time to think of all those who stalled here [the dogs wouldn’t get out this evening if I did that] but a few off the top of my head would be Declan Rudd, Jed Steer, Darren Kenton, David Smith, Darel Russell, Adrian Coote and latterly Josh Murphy.
Alex snapped back with his well-researched review of our FA Youth Cup winners of 2013:
Will Britt: Goalkeeper brought in on loan from Southampton, forced to retire in 2016 after serious knee injuries and took up boxing.
Cameron Norman: Right-back’s brilliant spell at King’s Lynn earned a move to Oxford United and now playing regularly in League Two for Walsall.
Kyle Callan-McFadden: Centre-back recently joined King’s Lynn in the National League after playing in the Irish top flight for Sligo Rovers.
Harry Toffolo: Now an established left-back at Championship level for Huddersfield after a successful 18 months at Lincoln City.
Ben Wyatt: Left-back was on the books at Ipswich at Colchester before venturing into non-league, now a League Two regular for Sutton United.
Jacob Murphy: Forced his way back in at Newcastle after loans at West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday, has scored three goals in 55 games for the Magpies.
Henry Randall: Midfielder had non-league stints at Histon and Bishop’s Stortford.
Cameron McGeehan: Spells at clubs including Luton, Barnsley and Portsmouth, joined KV Oostende last summer and currently has three goals from 15 games in the Belgian top-flight.
Cameron King: Played locally for Thetford before a spell in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers. Back for a second stint at King’s Lynn after a successful National League spell with Halifax.
Josh Murphy: Relegated from the Premier League with Cardiff in 2019, has scored 11 goals in 76 matches for the Bluebirds.
Carlton Morris: Playing regularly for MK Dons in League One this season, his eighth loan spell, ahead of a permanent move to Barnsley.
Reece Hall-Johnson: Full-back missed the Youth Cup final with an ankle injury. Almost 50 League Two appearances at Grimsby and Northampton, now a regular for Wrexham in the National League.
Alex then hit me with a broadside of our more recent Academy departures as in Rob Nizet, Melvin Sitti, Aidan Fitzpatrick, Jordan Thomas, Ethen Vaughan, William Hondermarck, Zach Dronfield, Louis Lomas and Simon Power.
Reeling under the blows I came back with Eboue Adams at Forest Green [doing well] and Akin Famewo at Charlton Athletic.
The man from Blackpool wasn’t finished though and we agreed on a few more as in Sebastian Soto, Danel Sinani, Glenn Middleton and Rocky Bushiri.
Then I searched the canyons of my mind and remembered Chris Martin and Micky Spillane – Roedent’s *Spice Boys*. Martin did have a decent career at a Championship level and played for Scotland but he had, erm, off-field issues – allegedly. Spillane ended up at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Chris Llewellyn was another one downed by off-piste issues. Allegedly. Paul Dalglish was a tidy little player. but never heard of again. Same as his contemporary Neal Fenn who we loaned from Spurs and could have stayed but Mike Walker said no in the end – dunno why.
Philip Heise played for us twice and is now happily in Bundesliga II.
Cedric Anselin, Jean Yves de Blassis and *Le Juge* aka Julien Brellier signed from Hearts, later admitting he couldn’t pass over anything more than 20 yards. Cedric ended up at Kings Lynn and F-knows what happened to the other two. Marc Libbra completes the French quartet.
What surprised me is that over the course of the original chat for a rainy afternoon is just how many names we came up with between us and that was without too much soul-searching.
There must be some we’ve missed between us. All suggestions from you MFW readers out there would be most welcome.