A Pictorial History

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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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The Under-21 League was introduced last summer as part of the most comprehensive review of youth development in over a decade with the aim of helping bridge the gap between Academy and first-team football.

This year's competition has a new format from last season, with 22 Category 1 Academies competing in one National Division. Teams will play each other once, home or away, and the top four will progress to the semi-finals and then final to determine who will be crowned champions.

2013-14 Barclays under-21 Premier League

Development Coach : Nick Haycock

ASTON VILLA : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

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Driver

Potts (Shaw)

Whitehead

Chambers

Ruddock

Turgott

Moncur

Lee

Lletget

Tombides D. (McCallum)

 

Rush Green Stadium

3 - 0 Lee 2, Lletget)

12 August 2013

EVERTON : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

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Driver

Potts

Whitehead (Nasha)

Chambers

Ruddock

Turgott

Moncur

Lee (McCallum)

Lletget

Tombides D. (Sadlier)

 

 

 

Merseyrail Community Stadium - Southport FC

2 - 1 (Driver, Lletget)

19 August 2013

13_08_19 Everton v. WHU Unofficial 13_08_12 WHU v. Aston Villa

Nick Haycock was brimming with pride after his Development Squad made a winning start to the 2013/14 Barclays U21 Premier League season. West Ham United's young professionals were in fine form as they brushed aside Aston Villa 3-0 at Rush Green Stadium on Monday evening, with Elliot Lee scoring twice before half-time and Sebastian Lletget adding a late third. Lee overcame the disappointment of a shocking early miss to score two trademark poacher's goals before the break. Villa's Gary Gardner then launched a penalty into the car park after Pelly Ruddock had been harshly penalised for a foul before Lletget scrambled home a third in the 90th minute.

13_08_19 Everton v. WHU

The Development Squad may have left it late to defeat Everton and maintain their 100 per cent start to the season on Monday night, but U21s boss Nick Haycock felt the final 2-1 scoreline was fully justified. Sebastian Lletget's well-taken 89th minute strike eventually settled the contest after Everton threatened to frustrate the visitors through Luke Garbutt's stunning equaliser. West Ham hit the crossbar three times and failed to take advantage of a first half penalty, but would not be denied and Haycock had praise for their tenacity in seeing the job through to the end. The three point haul was the second from two Barclays U21 Premier League fixtures at the start of the campaign, ensuring Haycock would travel back to London as a happy man.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

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Chambers

Potts

Whitehead

McCartney (Driver)

Ruddock

Turgott (Tombides D.)

Moncur

Lee

McCallum (Sdalier)

Lletget

 

 

 

 

Upton Park

2 - 3 (Potts, Lletget)

23 August 2013

Nick Haycock was left pondering what might have been after his Development Squad surrendered a two-goal lead, before ending up on the wrong end of a 3-2 Barclays Under-21 Premier League defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur. The evening had begun so well, with skipper Dan Potts and then Sebastian Lletget handing the Hammers a commanding 2-0 advantage at the interval. But once Spurs had seized the second-half initiative, West Ham were unable to wrestle back control, succumbing to a deflected Simon Dawkins goal, Lewis Holtby's stunner and a controversial late Shaquile Coulthirst winner. In all, it amounted to a frustrating outcome for the U21s boss, who bemoaned a host of missed chances in the first half and a lack of leadership in the second.

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Henderson

Driver

Shaw

Lletget

Harney

Ruddock

Whitehead

Moncur

Lee

Tombides D.

Sadlier (Turgott)

 

 

 

Northumberland FA Whiteley Park

5 - 4 (Lee 3, Tombides D., Moncur)

2 September 2013

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MANCHESTER CITY : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Moncur)

13 September 2013

Image courtesy of Dave Clements

13_11_29 WHU v. Leicester City U21

LEICESTER CITY : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Rush Green

2 - 2 (McCallum, Lee [pen])

29 November 2013

13_09_13 WHU v. Manchester City

West Ham United's Development Squad staged an epic comeback to beat Newcastle in a nine goal thriller and leave coach Nick Haycock amazed by what he had seen. The young Hammers were looking down and out after 13 minutes as a hat-trick from Jonathyn Quinn put the Magpies three up. But goals from George Moncur, Dylan Tombides and a hat-trick from Elliot Lee stunned their opponents as Haycock's team hit five goals in the space of 25 minutes before Rolando Aarons struck a consolation late on. The all-action encounter left the West Ham coach stunned. "I've just sent a text to Ian Hendon and Neil McDonald to say what a mad game we've just been involved in. "I found it hard in the first half, I needed to help them and I think the change in formation helped to stop the goals going in. "At one point we just needed to have a ten minute spell when we didn't concede again because we felt the attacking unit would come into the game and we could have scored 20-plus goals today."

13_09_02 Newcastle United v. WHU

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Driver

Shaw

Chambers

Ruddock

Miles (Fanimo)

Moncur

Whitehead

Tombides D. (Turgott)

Sadlier (Maguire)

Lee

13_10_21 Wolves v. WHU U21

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

New Bucks Head Stadium

2 - 0 (Potts, Sadlier)

21 October 2013

13_09_21 Stoke City v. WHU

STOKE CITY : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Britannia Stadium

1 - 0 (Moncur)

21 September 2013

13_10_04 WHU v. Norwich City

NORWICH CITY : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Rush Green

2 - 0 (Ruddock, Sadlier)

4 October 2013

13_09_21 Stoke City v. WHU Unofficial

CHELSEA : Barclays Under-21 Premier League

Electricial Services Stadium

3 - 3 (Ruddock, Fanimo, Turgott)

1 November 2013

13_11_01 Chelsea v. WHU 13_11_01 Chelsea v. WHU Unofficial

Nick Haycock's team have secured a brilliant away victory courtesy of Moncur's strike after 15 minutes. The Hammers had a host of good chances with Lletget, Tombides and Shaw all going close but in the end one goal was all they needed to leave the Britannia Stadium with three points

Henderson

Driver

Shaw

Chambers (Potts)

Ruddock

Turgott

Moncur

Lletget

Tombides D.

Whitehead

Sadlier (Fanimo)

Nick Haycock was a proud man after watching the Development Squad climb to the top of the table with a 2-0 victory over Norwich City at Rush Green. Goals from Pelly Ruddock and Kieran Sadlier did the damage as the young Hammers reached the summit of the Barclays U21 Premier League.

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Chambers (Driver)

McCartney (Shaw)

Lletget

Potts

Ruddock

Turgott

Moncur

Lee

Whitehead

Sadlier (Fanimo)

13_10_21 Wolves v. WHU Unofficial

BRISTOL CITY : Under-21 Premier League Cup (Third Round)

Ashton Gate

2 - 1 (Lee, Whitehead)

2 December 2013

Howes

Driver

Chambers

Harney

Shaw

Lletget

Whitehead

Bywater

Fanimo

McCallum

Lee

13_12_01 Bristol City v. WHU U21 Cup3 13_12_02 Bristol City v. WHU U21 Cup

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Chambers

Driver

Potts

Ruddock

Lletget

Turgott

Moncur (Whitehead)

Tombides

Sadlier (Maguire)

Cole C.

The Development Squad reclaimed top spot in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League after an eventful trip to the Midlands ended with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. A goal after just six minutes from Kieran Sadlier set the Hammers on their way in the pouring rain before Dan Potts

turned in a corner midway through the second half to seal another impressive win. Sadlier grabbed the opener but would have found himself amongst the substitutes were it not for the withdrawal of striker Elliot Lee. The win also owed much to goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel, who produced a

magnificent save from Jamie O'Hara's penalty minutes before half-time to keep the score at 1-0.

Spiegel

Shaw

Ruddock

Burke

Driver (Nasha)

Turgott

Sadlier

Miles (Makasi)

Whitehead

Tombides D.

Fanimo (Cullen)

 

What a match. It had it all, six goals, bookings and drama a plenty. A late Ake goal denied the Hammers, who can  feel very hard done by. Ruddock, Fanimo and Turgott scored for the Hammers in a game in which they were never behind. They can feel proud of their efforts with only a last minute goal denying them victory.

Howes

Driver

Chambers

Harney

Shaw

Lletget

Moncur (Miles)

Fanimo

Whitehead (Bywater)

McCallum (Sadlier)

Lee

 

CONTINUE 2

SECOND-HALF

The Development Squad have to settle for a draw after second half fight back from Leicester earns them a point. McCallum had given the Hammers

the lead after just two minutes and Lee had later doubled the advantage with a penalty on the stroke of half-time but they were unable to hold on. Goals from Dawson and Pearson levelled things up. McCallum went close to winning it late on but the Hammers were forced to settle for a point which on balance was proabaly the right result.