Under 18s make the Final Group Stages
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 24 February 2016 at 9:20pm
Congratulations to the Under 18s team who have qualified for the Final Stages of the Under 18s league and go into an elite group with the top four Northern teams and are one of the top four Southern teams.
After Arsenal’s 4-0 loss to arch rivals Spurs, West Ham’s place was confirmed when they secured the fourth spot behind Chelsea, Reading and Fulham. The four northern teams who make up the rest of the final group are Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool and Blackburn. The teams will all play each other once to decide who will be crowned 2015-2016 Under 18 League Champions.
The team has shown massive improvements each year and have done really well to qualify for the final stages. Each year the quality of the Under 18 team seems to improve with more and more players pushing for first team spots. Some of the players who have really stood out during the campaign are midfielder Declan Rice and fellow attaching midfielder Grady Diangana who has added some real flair to the side. Other notable performances have come from Idris Kanu, Alfie Lewis, Tunji Akinola (who played all but one game) and Marcus Browne (who has recently made the sub bench for the first team against Blackburn Rovers).
The success of the team has to be put down to two things. Firstly we have a talented bunch of youngsters who have the desire to be the next products of the famous academy. The other is the management partnership of club legend Steve Potts and his assistant Mark Philips. The two have really got the best out of the team and the football is worthy and fitting of “The West Ham Way”. It is an exciting time for the academy and we will be following their success in the final stages and letting you all know how they are getting on.
The future is very bright in more ways than one for our great club!