Youth System A Shining Light At Newcastle United

Newcastle United academy coach and local lad Alan Thompson says there is some significant talent coming through the Newcastle Youth system.


Alan Thompson – while still playing at Celtic

Alan told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:

“The lads are on a good run and so are the Academy,” “It’s great at the moment.”

“We had a couple of first-year scholars playing in the reserves – under-17 level players.” “There were under-18s and we had a schoolboy on the bench in Aaron Spear.”

“That’s what Newcastle United should be about.” “We want to get young lads through and at some stage into the first team.”

Fifteen-year-old Spear, was signed from Plymouth Argyle at the start of the season, by Dennis Wise, after beating off competition from Arsenal for the highly rated player.

But Newcastle are also bringing a lot of local lads through the system such as Ryan Donaldson, Mark Doninger and Fraser Forster, all of them born and bred in the region, and all right now trying to establish themselves at the senior level.

Newcastle of course also have a world scouting system in place, to track top youngsters around the world, and the club hopes to develop young stars like 16-year-old Slovenian Haris Vuckic, 17 year-old Australian Brad Inman and 18 year-old Brazilian striker Caio Ferreira.

Thompson added:

“Middlesbrough have been doing it and have some good young players.” “That’s what we need to strive to achieve.”

“It’s about local lads getting into the first team.”

The Youth System, under the guidance of Richard Money, has been one of the most exciting parts of the Newcastle club since Mike Ashley took over, and since last January the club has signed around 12 top youngsters.

Some of these lads will soon be pressing for a place in the first team, and not only will the strategy ensure we have a constant supply of good young players coming through the club, but it will also save the club millions and millions in transfer fees.

It’s something the club should have invested in years ago, but better late than never.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Will

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    White Rabbit!

    Good article, cheers ed.

  • shearlegend9

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    If we get, say, 10% of these youngsters through to the first team and they show quality then it would be well worth the investment.

    The future prospects are exciting at Newcastle now, just hope these guys don’t start to get poached by the bigger clubs.

  • Stuart79

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Would rather the first team be a shining light!

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    It be great if a few of the lads came true, have high hopes for kadar ranger and that young lad spears,


    Mar 1, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Without money, youth is our only way of making ground on the top 4! We don’t have a very good record in improving young players, lets hope it all changes now!

  • Tom

    Mar 1, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6


    Vuckic looks like he could be something special as well in 2-3 seasons, same with Inman and some of the others, as well as Kadar, Ranger and Spears.

    Oh, and LuaLua.

  • Filby85

    Mar 1, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Didn’t Keegan scrap our old youth ystem at one point?

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #8

  • waddler

    Mar 2, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    stuart79, you are wrong.
    We cannot continue to gambol on overpriced players, we must create them in our academy/ reserve teams.
    I’m sick of seeing overpaid and underworked players coming to our club, when will people realise we need young hungry players who have been trained and brought up together and willing to fight as a collective force.
    All the ego’s should have been sorted out long before they reach the first team.
    Think back to all the players this club has spent millions on, now think if that money had gone into developing our youth a team costing only the price of their development would be available to our manager.
    All the players who don’t quite make the grade could have been sold on or given to Gateshead or Blyth for example.
    Also if huge investment is not needed, season ticket prices could be dramatically reduced and stadium capacity increased.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 2, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #10


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