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The following former pupils at ISFA member schools are current professional players who have made appearances in the Premier League, Football League or Scottish Football League. 

FRASER FORSTER (Southampton) is a former pupil of RGS Newcastle who also played for the ISFA U16 representative team. He signed for Newcastle United and made his debut on loan for Stockport County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Bury in October 2008 and made 5 league appearances. At the start of the 2009-10 season, he spent two months on load at Bristol Rovers, following which he agreed a further loan deal with Norwich City where he became the regular first choice keeper in the team that won the League One Championship.  In August 2010, he signed for Celtic on a year long loan during which he made 44 appearances and this was extended for a second year in 2011-12, during which season he continued as regular first choice goalkeeper and won a Scottish Premier League winners medal.  He signed for Celtic on a permanent basis in July 2012.  He played a leading role in Celtic's successful run in the UEFA Champions League in 2012-13, which included a victory over Barcelona and he finished that season with another Champions medal and also a Scottish Cup winners medal.  He joined Southampton and has been a First Team regular ever since apart from a year out of the game following a serious injury sustained in March 2015.  He made his England debut in November 2013 in a friendly against Chile at Wembley and was a member of the England Squads for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and EURO 2016. 

 

 

VICTOR MOSES (Chelsea) was born in Nigeria but moved to England at the age of 11. He attended Whitfift School where he was a member fo their side that won the ESFA U14 Schools Cup in 2005. At the same time he was a member of the Crystal Palace Academy. He broke into the Palace First Team during Season 2007-08 and, following 69 appearances and 11 goals for Palace, he was transferred to Premier League Wigan Athletic in January 2010.  After two successful years at Wigan, during which he made 73 appearances, he moved to Chelsea in August 2012, scoring twice in the semi-final of the Europa League semi-final against Basel though he was only a non-playing substitute in the Final.  He has played for England at U16, U17, U19 and U21 levels but then opted to represent his native Nigeria, whom he has represented in the 2011 and 2013 African Cup of Nations and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.  In 2013 Nigeria won this competition with Moses being selected in the Team of the Tournament and also as "Best Fair Play Player".  He had spell on loan at Liverpool (2013-14), Stoke City (2014-15) and West Ham (2015-16) but returned to Chelsea for 2016-17, finally making a regular first team place his own and playing an important role as wing-back as Chelsea won the 2016-17 Premier League title.

 

 

 

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (Liverpool) was educated at St. John's College, Southsea.  He joined Southampton at the age of seven and graduated to making his First Team debut in 2010 aged just 16.  He made 36 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 9 goals, before signing for Arsenal in the summer of 2011.  He enjoyed a successful first season at Arsenal, at the end of which he was selected for the England Squad at EURO 2012.  He made his England debut prior to the tournament in a warm-up game against Norway and then started in the opening match of the tournament against France.  He scored for England against Brazil in the Maracana Stadium in June 2013.  He was a member of the 2014 England World Cup Squad in Brazil but injury in a pre-tournament friendly prevented his being considered for selection.  After making 132 appearances for Arsenal, he joined Liverpool for a fee of £35m in August 2017.

 

MICHAEL KEANE (Everton) attended St. Bede's College, Manchester, whilst attending the Manchester United Academy.  He has represented the Republic of Ireland at U17, U18 and U19 levels.  He won an FA Youth Cup winning medal in 2011 and made his Manchester United debut as a substitute at Aldershot Town in the Carling Cup in October 2011.  He spent Season 2012-13 on loan at Leicester City and also made his debut for England U21.  He spent Season 2013-14 on loan at Derby County and Blackburn Rovers.  He joined Burnley on loan in 2014 and this move was made permanent in January 2015, helping his side to win promotion to the Premier League.  After a season as a regular in the Premier League with Burnley, he joined Everton in the summer of 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

TYRONE MINGS (AFC Bournemouth) was a pupil at Millfield School and, on leaving school, he joined Yate Town and then Chippenham Town.  His performances attracted the attention of Ipswich for whom he signed in 2013 and he made his First Team debut in the FA Cup in January 2014.  In a remarkable rise to prominence, he soon established himself as a First Team regular at Portman Road, making 57 appearances prior to his transfer to AFC Bournemouth in Summer 2015.  Sadly, he sustained a serious injury on his Bournemouth debut and spent 17 months out of the game before returning to the First Team in January 2017. 

 

 

 

 

 WILL HUGHES (Watford) was a pupil at Foremarke Hall and Repton. He produced an outstanding display for Repton in the 2010 ISFA U15 Cup Final at Burton Albion and also played representative football for ISFA at U13 level. He left school in 2011 to sign a full time contract with Derby County and made his First Team debut as a substitute at Peterborough United in November 2011.  He became a regular in the Derby County First Team in 2012 and played in the 2014 League One Play-Off Final at Wembley.  A serious injury on the first day of 2015-16 kept him out for much of that season but he returned for 2016-17 and, having made 165 appearances for Derby, he joined Watford in summer 2017.  He was a member of the England U21 Squad for the 2015 and 2017 EURO Under-21 Championships. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLLY MARCH (Brighton & Hove Albion) attended Bede's in Sussex before leaving to join Brighton.  He was the club's Young Player of the Year in 2012-13 and made his First Team debut in August 2013, coming on as a substitute against Derby County, and became a regular in Season 2013-14, making 26 appearances.  Despite missing periods out through injury, he assisted the Brighton side to win promotion from the Championship in 2016-17.  He made his debut for England U20 in May 2014, playing in the Toulon tournament.

NICK POPE (Burnley) was a pupil at King's School, Ely, until the age of 16, at which time he attended the Ipswich Town Academy.  A goalkeeper, he played non-league football on leaving school until he was signed by Charlton Athletic in 2011, making his debut against Bristol City in May 2013.  He has had a number of loan spells with non-league clubs and also with Football League clubs York City and Bury, making 22 appearances for each.  After 33 appearances for Charlton, he joined Burnley in Summer 2016.  He eventually broke into the First Team in Autumn 2017., whereupon his excellent performances won him a place in England's 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad.

CALUM CHAMBERS (Arsenal, currently on loan at Fulham) attended Churcher's College in Petersfield.  He progressed through Southampton Academy and made his debut for The Saints in the League Cup in August 2012 and his Premier League debut in August 2013.  He made 22 appearances that season before joining Arsenal in Summer 2014.  He has played for Arsenal at both full-back and centre back.  Having played for England at U17, U19 and U21 levels, the made his full international debut as a substitute against Norway at Wembley in 2014 and he currently has 3 full caps to his name.  He joined Middlesbrough on loan for the 2016-17 season, making 24 appearances.  He returned to Arsenal for 2017-18 but has moved to Fulham on loan for the 2018-19 season.

JOE BRYAN (Fulham) was a pupil at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Bristol.  He attended the Bristol City Academy and progressed through the ranks and, after loan spells at Bath City and Plymouth Argyle, established himself as a First Team regular.  He moved to Fulham in August 2018.

CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (Chelsea) scored a hat-trick for Whitgift in the 2014 Investec ISFA U13 Cup Final.  He progressed through the Chelsea Academy, winning the FA Youth Cup in 2017 and then played in all England's matches in the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup, culminating in victory over Spain in the Final.  He made his Chelsea First Team debut against Newcastle United in the FA Cup in January 2018.

OLIVER LEE (Heart of Midlothian) attended Brentwood School and played for the ISFA U16 representative team. He progressed through the youth ranks at West Ham United and made the First Team bench but without making an appearance. However, he has made 21 First Team appearances on loan for Dagenham & Redbridge. In the summer of 2012, he left West Ham to join Barnet where he made 11 appearances before joining Birmingham City in the summer of 2013.  He made 16 appearances for Birmingham in 2013-14 and 15 on loan at Plymouth Argyle in 2014-15.  He joined Luton Town in August 2015 and, after helping them to win promotion from League 2 in 2017-18, he joined Heart of Midlothian in Summer 2018.

PATRICK BAMFORD (Leeds United) was a pupil at Nottingham High School and attended the Nottingham Forest Academy.  On completing his 'A' levels, he joined Chelsea.  He spent most of 2013 on loan at MK Dons and was leading scorer in League One when, in January 2014, he joined Derby County on loan, making a brief appearing in the 2014 Championship Play Off Final at Wembley.  He spent 2014-15 on loan at Middlesbrough and again appeared in the Championship Play Off Final as well as being voted the Championship's Player of the Season.  He spent 2015-16 on loan at Crystal Palace and Norwich City  2016-17 on loan at Burnley before sealing a permanent transfer back to Middlesbrough in the summer of 2017.  In the summer of 2018 he moved to Leeds United.

 

 

 

 

 

DUNCAN WATMORE (Sunderland) was a pupil at Cheadle Hulme School where he completed his Sixth Form education.  He captained his school to victory in the 2012 Barry Burns Northern Eights, producing an outstanding individual performance.  On leaving school, the played throughout the 2012-13 season for Altrincham in the Conference North, his excellent performances leading to Sunderland signing him in the summer of 2013.  He made his First Team debut in the FA Cup against against Carlisle United in January 2013 and scored on his Premier League debut, against Norwich City in August 2015.  He spent the second half of 2013-14 on loan at Hibernian, making nine appearances in the Scottish Premier League.  In 2014-15 he was named Barclays U21 Player of the Year and in May 2015 he was part of the England U20 team at the Toulon Tournament, being named in the Team of the Tournament.  A few months later he graduated with a degree in economics and business management at Newcastle University.  He made regular first team appearances in 2015-16 and the first half of 2016-17 but two serious injuries have hampered his career over the last two years.

 

 

 

LEWIS GRABBAN (Nottingham Forest) attended Cumnor House School and Trinity School, both in Croydon.  He began his career at Crystal Palace, making 10 appearances and going on loan to Oldham Athletic and Motherwell.  In 2008 he joined Millwall, where he made 58 appearances and played at Wembley in a League One Play-Off Final.  In 2011 he joined Brentford.  After a season in west London, he joined Rotherham United where he enjoyed a very successful year, scoring 18 goals in 43 appearances, whereupon he joined AFC Bournemouth in the summer of 2012.  After a very successful two years on the south coast, in which he scored 35 goals in 87 appearances, he joined Norwich City in the summer of 2014, helping them to promotion to the Premier League.  He returned to Bournemouth in January 2016 and enjoyed Premier League football once more before joining Reading on loan for the second half of 2016-17 and then loan spells with Sunderland and Aston Villa during Season 2017-18.  He moved to Nottingham Forest on a permanent deal in Summer 2018.

 

 

 

 

WILL KEANE (Hull City) attended St. Bede's College, Manchester, whilst also attending the Manchester United Academy.  He was a member of the England team which won the UEFA Under-17 European Championship in 2010 and won an FA Youth Cup winning medal in 2011.  He has also played for the England U21 team.  He made his Barclays League debut as a substitute in Manchester United's home match with Blackburn Rovers in December 2011.  However, a serious injury at the end of Season 2011-12 season caused him to miss the whole of Season 2012-13.  Between  2013 and 2016, he played on loan for Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.  In August 2016, he made a permanent transfer to Hull City but his first season ended following another serious injury.

 

 

 

 

ALEX PEARCE (Derby County) was a pupil at The Oratory School before leaving to follow a career in football with Reading. He made his Reading debut in the FA Cup against Burnley in January 2007 and, following loan spells at Northampton, Bournemouth, Norwich and Southampton, eventually broke into the Reading First Team on a regular basis. He won Reading's Player of the Season Award for 2011-12 when the club won the Championship and promotion to the Premier League. In Summer 2015 he joined Derby County.  He has represented Scotland at Under-21 level and the Republic of Ireland at full international level, scoring on his debut against Oman.

 

 

 

 

JORDAN SPENCE (Ipswich Town) was a pupil at Chigwell School. He was captain of the England U16 team that won the Victory Shield in 2005-06 and also captain of the England U17 team which reached the Final of the UEFA European Championships, losing to Spain 1-0, and also qualified for the U17 World Cup in Korea in August 2007, at which tournament Jordan scored a last minute winner for England against Brazil. Jordan made his first debut for West Ham in the final game of the 2009 season against Manchester City.   Periods on loan followd at Leyton Orient, Scunthorpe United, Bristol City, and Milton Keynes Dons.  He joined MK Dons on a permanent deal in August 2014 and made 36 appearances in the team that won promotion from League One.  He joined Ipswich Town in January 2017.  Jordan has represented England at every age level from U16 to U21.

WILL HUFFER (Leeds United) attended St. Peter's School, York, and also represented ISFA at all levels up to U16.  A goalkeeper, he progressed through the Leeds United Academy and played for England at U17 and U18 levels, saving a penalty against Spain in the 2015 U17 World Cup.  He made his First Team debut for Leeds against Bristol City in November 2028.

TOM ADEYEMI (Ipswich Town) attended the  Norwich City Academy from the age of 8 and made his debut, aged just 17, against Colchester United on the first day of the 2009-10 season while still a pupil at Norwich School. Having made 13 First Team appearances in Season 2009-10 but then enjoyed a series of successful loan spells, at Bradford City in Season 2010-11, at Oldham Athletic in Season 2011-12 and at Brentford in 2012-13 season.  In summer 2013, he made a permanent move to Birmingham City where he made 40 appearances before joining Cardiff City in August 2014.  He made 20 appearances for Cardiff during 2014-15 before season long loan spells at Leeds United (2015-16 and Rotherham United (2016-17).  In Summer 2017 he joined Ipswich Town.

 

 

 

 

FLYNN DOWNES (Ipswich Town) was a pupil at Brentwood School and appeared in the Investec ISFA U13 Cup Final in 2012 and the U15 Final in 2013.  He joined Ipswich Town at the age of 7 and made his First Team debut on the opening day of the 2017-18 season.  In January 2018 he joined Luton Town for the rest of the season, making 10 appearances as Luton won promotion from League 2.  He is an England U19 international.

FRANK FIELDING (Bristol City) kept goal for QEGS Blackburn in the 2004 Boodles ISFA Cup Final. He joined Blackburn Rovers full time on leaving schol and made two appearances for the England U19 team in 2007. In Season 2007-08, he was signed on loan by Wycombe Wanderers and made his debut at Bradford City, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory, and remained first choice until the end of the season when he returned to Ewood Park. Since 2008, Frank has had a number of loan spells, at Northampton Town, Rochdale and Leeds United. He has made several appearances for the England U21 team and, in August 2010, was on the bench for the full England side for their friendly with Hungary. In January 2011 he joined Derby County on loan, playing regularly in the First Team and securing a permanent deal at Derby in the summer of 2011. Also in the summer of 2011 he was first choice goalkeeper for England U21 in the European Championship Finals in Denmark..  After two years at Derby, spent mainly in the First Team, he joined Bristol City in summer 2013.  He was a regular in the team that won the League One Championship in 2014-15.

 

 

JONATHAN BOND (West Bromwich Albion) came through the Watford Academy at the same time as studying at Berkhamsted School.  Loan spells included Football League appearances at Dagenham & Redbridge and Bury.  Although he made 22 First Team appearances for Watford, he was more often to be found on the bench and he moved to Reading in July 2015 where he made 14 First Team appearances before being loaned to Gillingham in August 2016 and then Peterborough United in June 2017.  Internationally he played for Wales at U17 and U19 levels before switching his allegiance to England for whom he has played at U20 and U21 levels.  He was a member of the England U21 Squad at the 2015 European Championships. After spells on loan at Gillingham and Peterborough United, he joined West Bromwich Albion in August 2018.

SAM HART (Blackburn Rovers, currently on loan at Rochdale) played in Bolton School victorious Investec ISFA U13 Cup Final team in 2010 and in their losing U15 Cup Final team in 2012.  During his schooldays he spent time with both the Manchester United and Liverpool Academies before turning professional with the latter on leaving school.  He appeared for the first team in a pre-season friendly in Mainz in August 2016 before joining Port Vale on loan and making his league debut against Scunthorpe later in the same month.  After 11 appearances, he joined Blackburn Rovers in Summer 2017.

LUKE O'NIEN (Sunderland) attended Westbrook Hay Prep School.  He joined Watford at the age of 7 and worked his way through the age groups to win a profesionnal contract and eventally made his First Team debut against Barnsley in March 2014.  He spent the second half of Season 2013-14 on loan at Wealdstone and joined Wycombe Wanderers in Summer 2015.  He helped Wycombe win promotion from League 2 in 2017-18 before moving to Sunderland in Summer 2018.

NIALL KEOWN (Partick Thistle) attended Abingdon School where he completed his A-levels before leaving school at 18 to join Reading.  He made his debut against Brighton in March 2015 and signed a new three year contract in Summer 2015.  However, he went on loan to Partick Thistle in January 2017 and signed a permanent deal in Summer 2017.  He is a Republic of Ireland U21 international.

RHYS BENNETT (Peterborough United) was a pupil at Bolton School and was a member of the Bolton Wanderers Academy.  Although captaining the Reserve team on occasions, he failed to break into the First Team and, following a spell on loan at Falkirk, where he made 19 appearances, he joined Rochdale in 2012 where he became a First Team regular before joining Mansfield Town in Summer 2016.  After two years at Field Mill, he moved to Peterborough United for Season 2018-19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL DOUGHTY (Swindon Town) is a former ISFA representative player at both U16 and U18 levels.  He made his First Team debut for Queens Park Rangers in an FA Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers in January 2011 whilst still a pupil studying for A Levels at Harrow School.  He has played for Wales at U19 level.  He had loan spells at Crawley Town, Aldershot Town, St. Johnstone, Stevenage, Gillingham and Swindon Town before joining Peterborough United in Summer 2017.  In Summer 2018 he returned to Swindon on a permanent basis.

CHRIS PORTER (Crewe Alexandra) has proved that it is possible to make a career in football after staying at school until 18 to complete ‘A’ levels. He studied at QEGS Blackburn for whom he scored the winning goal against Brentwood School in the 2001 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup Final. He then joined Bury for whom he enjoyed two seasons as a first team regular before joining Oldham Athletic in 2005. He finished as one of the leading goalscorers in League One during Season 2006-07 and in July 2007 he joined Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League. scoring against both Celtic and Rangers and finishing as his club's top scorer in his first season. In January 2009, Chris became Nigel Clough's first signing for Derby County but injuries limited him to 44 appearances and he joined Sheffield United in the summer of 2011.  Having played in the League One Play-Off Final in 2012, he secured an extension to his contract and he appeared in the Play-Offs again in 2013, though this time Sheffield United went out in the semi-finals.  He has also had periods on loan at Shrewsbury Town and Chesterfield.  In January 2015, he joined Colchester United and captained the team in their successful battle to avoid relegation that year.  In two further seasons he completed 90 appearances before joining Crewe in Summer 2017.

 

 

 

ELLIOT LEE (Luton Town) played for Brentwood School in the inaugural ISFA U13 Cup Final in 2008, scoring two superb goals in a Man of the Match performance.  He made his First Team debut as a substitute in the FA Cup against Manchester United at Old Trafford in January 2013.  He has since made further loan appearances for Colchester United, Southend United, Luton Town and Blackpool.  He scored his first goal for West Ham in the UEFA Cup in July 2015.  In June 2016 he signed for Barnsley but made just 6 appearances before rejoining Luton in Summer 2017 and helping to win promotion from League 2 in 2018..

FEJIRI OKENABIRHIE (Shrewsbury Town) attended Merchant Taylors' School (Northwood).  After progressing through the youth ranks at Arsenal and Stevenage, he played for a number of non-league clubs culminating in a successful spell with Dagenham & Redbridge in the National League where his performances earned him a move to Shrewsbury Town in Summer 2018.  He made his debut in August 2018.

JAMES NORWOOD (Tranmere Rovers) was a pupil at Bede's where he played for both ISFA and also English Schools, scoring at Wembley in a schools international against France.  He made his League debut for Exeter straight from school in 2009 but, after 4 appearances, he moved into non-league football with Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere Rovers.  He appeared for Tranmere in the National League Play-Off Finals at Wembley in 2017 and 2018, on the second occasion finally winning promotion back to the EFL.

REUBEN REID (Forest Green Rovers) scored twice for Millfield in the 2005 Boodles ISFA Cup Final, when they defeated Hampton 3-1. On leaving school, he spent a brief spell with Manchester United before joining Plymouth Argyle for whom he made his league debut as a substitute against Ipswich Town in the final match of the 2005-06 season. After spells on loan with Kidderminster Harriers and Rochdale during season 2006-07, he started the first two league games of the 2007-08 season for Plymouth but then lost hish place and had load spells at Wycombe Wanderers and Brentford. In summer 2008. Reuben joined Rotherham United, scoring on his debut on the first day of the season and finishing the season as the club's top goalscorer with 18 goals, a feat which earned him a transfer to West Bromwich Albion in August 2009. After a spell on loan at Peterborough United, Reuben played on loan Walsall and Oldham Athletic during Season 2010-11 and joined Oldham permanently in the summer of 2011.  Having made 37 appearances in Season 2011-12, he joined Yeovil Town in the summer of 2012.  After a season at Yeovil he joined Plymouth Argyle on loan in the summer of 2013.  After a successful 2013-14, in which we was awarded Plymouth's Player of the Season Award, he joined the club permanently in summer 2014.  In total he made 134 appearances for Plymouth before joining Exeter City in September 2016 and scoring 17 goals in a season that finished at Wembley in the League Two Play-Off Final.  He moved to Forest Green Rovers in January 2018.

 

 

BEN NUGENT (Gillingham) was a pupil at Millfield, who signed for the Cardiff City Academy in 2007.  He made his First Team debut in the League Cup in Middlesbrough in November 2012 and made 14 appearances as the club won the Championship and gained promotion to the Premier League.  At the end of the season he was voted the Club's Young Player of the Year.  After loans spells at Brentford and Peterborough United in the 2013-14 season, he joined Yeovil Town on loan for season 2014-15 season where he made 20 appearances.  In the summer of 2015 he joined Crewe Alexandra on a permanent basis, making 56 appearances before moving to Gillingham in Summer 2017.

TROY BROWN (Exeter City) attended Whitgift School, making his league debut for Ipswich Town during Season 2010-11, making 13 First Team appearances.  In 2011 he joined Rotherham United and spent much of the 2011-12 season on loan at Aldershot Town.  In the summer of 2012, he joined Aldershot on a permanent deal and played regularly in the First Team before joining Cheltenham Town in summer 2013.  After 82 appearances for Cheltenham, he joined Exeter City in August 2015.  He has represented Wales at U17, U19 and U21 levels.

ALEX FISHER (Yeovil Town) attended Abingdon School.  He came up through the youth ranks at Oxford United before moving to Spain to train in the Glenn Hoddle Academy.  Following spells in Belgium and Italy, he had a season with Mansfield Town in 2014-15.  Following a spell in the Conference at Torquay he moved to the Scottish Premiership, scoring 8 goals in 9 games for Inverness Caledonian Thistle.  He moved to Motherwell in June 2017, scoring 7 goals in 12 games, and then transferred to Yeovil Town in January 2018, making his debut against Manchester United in the FA Cup.

NATHAN BAXTER (Chelsea, currently on loan at Yeovil Town) twice appeared on the winning side for Whitgift School in Investec ISFA U13 Cup Finals, in 2011 and 2012.  He progressed through the Chelsea Academy to sign professional terms and, following several loan periods in non-league football, joined Yeovil on loan for the 2018-19 season, making his debut against Bury in August 2018.

SCOTT KASHKET (Wycombe Wanderers) played representative football for ISFA while he was a pupil at Forest School.  After school he played futsal for Maccabi Tel Aviv before signing for Leyton Orient for whom he made his league debut in October 2014 against Preston North End.  He joined Wycombe Wanderers is August 2016.

HARRISON DUNK (Cambridge United) captained Millfield to victory in the 2009 Boodles ISFA Cup Final and then joined non-league Bromley where he won the club's Player of the Season Award two years in succession before joining Cambridge United in 2011.  In 2013-14 he helped Cambridge win promotion to the Football League, appearaning in the Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley and he made his first Football League appearance against Plymouth in August 2014.  He is now Cambridge's longest serving player.

 

 

 

 

The following player also attended independent schools, though not schools that are current Members of ISFA:

WILL GRIGG (Wigan Athletic) was educated at Solihull School and played for Birmingham City Academy before being released and joining Solihull Moors.  He is performances soon attracted the attention of Walsall for whom he made his league debut in 2008.  However, it was not until the 2012-13 season that he became a regular First Team player, scoring 20 goals and becoming the club's Player of Year.  He then joined Brentford but failed to enjoy the same level of success and joined MK Dons on loan for the 2014-15 season.  Two goals in a League Cup victory over Manchester United was to prove a turning point and he finished the season with 20 goals for the Dons.  In 2015 he joined Wigan Athletic where he has remained a regular starter and prolific goalscorer ever since, scoring the goal that knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup in 2018.  Grigg is a Northern Ireland international and was a non-playing member of their squad for EURO 2016.

BRETT PITMAN (Portsmouth) attended Victoria College, Jersey, and made a name for himself in the Channel Islands, representing the island in the Island Games and attending trials with Manchester United. At 16 he signed for Bournemouth and made his debut in the 2005-06 season. He became a First Team regular at Dean Court, scoring 59 goals in 173 appearances, culminating in the club's promotion to League One at the end of the 2009-10 season. In August 2010 he was signed by Bristol City and finished as the club's top scorer in his first season.  After a successful spell at Ashton Gate, in which he scored 20 goals in 77 appearances, he returned to Bournemouth in 2013 and helped them  to promotion to the Premier League in 2014-15.  In Summer 2015 he joined Ipswich Town, making 70 appearances and scoring 15 goals in a two-year spell.  He joined Portsmouth in Summer 2017.

ALEX RODMAN (Bristol Rovers) attended Solihull School.  He played for a number of non-league teams, including winning the Conference North with Tamworth in 2008, he joined League Two Aldershot Town in 2008 for whom he made 43 appearances but also spent several loan spells.  He joined Newport County in 2015 and Notts County in 2016 but his most successful move came in 2017 when he joined Shrewsbury Town where he became a regular in the First Team and played in the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley.  He joined Bristol Rovers in Summer 2018.

 

 

 

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