The following players, all once at ISFA member schools, are currently playing with Barclays Premiership, Coca-Cola Football League or Scottish Premier League clubs.
FRANK LAMPARD (Chelsea) attended Brentwood School and played in the1993-94 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup, when his school were defeated in a semi-final penalty shoot-out by eventual champions King’s School, Chester. He also played for the ISFA Under-16 representative team in 1993-94. Frank left school at 16 to sign a professional contract with West Ham United. He made his league debut whilst on loan to Swansea City in 1995 but made his Premiership debut for the Hammers in 1996, subsequently becoming captain of the England Under-21 team and making his full England debut against Belgium in October 2000. In 2001 he was transferred to Chelsea for £11 million. His subsequent career has flourished as he has progressed to becoming one of the country’s top players. He won Barclays Premiership winners medals in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009-10, FA Cup Winners medals in 2006-07, 2008-09 (scoring the winning goal), 2009-10 and 2011-12 and Carling Cup winners medals in 2004-05 and 2006-07. In May 2008 he became the first independent schoolboy to play in the UEFA Champions League Final when he played and scored for Chelsea against Manchester United in Moscow. Four years later, in 2012, he captained Chelsea to victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Final. He also captained Chelsea in the 2012 World Club Championship Final against Corinthians of Brazil. For England he played in EURO 2004 in Portugal and both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. By the summer of 2012 he had won 90 full England caps, two as captain, scoring 23 goals. Other honours include the Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year Award in 2005, runner-up in the European Footballer of the Year Award in 2005, runner-up in the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards and, in 2007-08, he was voted UEFA's 2007-08 Midfield Player of the Year.
NEDUM ONUOHA (Queens Park Rangers) attended Hulme Grammar School (Oldham) and progressed through the youth ranks at Manchester City before making his debut in a Carling Cup match against Arsenal in 2004. He became a regular first choice pick at right-back for City during the first half of the 2005-06 season but his appearances since then have been limited through injury. Nedum has been capped for England at both Under-20 and Under-21 levels and represented England in the Finals of the UEFA Under-21 European Championships in 2007 and 2009. in total he won 21 England U21 caps between 2005-09. Nedum played for Sunderland, making 31 appearances, on a one year loan during Season 2010-11. In January 2012 he joined Queens Park Rangers where he has enjoyed more regular First Team appearances.
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 on August 2012. He has played for England at U16, U17, U19 and U21 levels.
ALEX PEARCE (Reading) 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. He has represented Scotland at Under-21 level and the Republic of Ireland at full international level, scoring on his debut against Oman.
WILL KEANE (Manchester United) 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 made his Barclays League debut as a substitute in Manchester United's home match with Blackburn Rovers in December 2011.
MICHAEL KEANE (Manchester United) 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.
ELLIOT LEE (West Ham United) made his First Team debut as a substitute in the FA Cup against Manchester United at Old Trafford in January 2013. As a pupil at Brentwood School, he won the inaugural ISFA U15 Cup in 2008, scoring two superb goals in a Man of the Match performance.
JOHNNY GORMAN (Wolverhampton Wanderers, currently on loan at Plymouth Argyle) has won eight Full International caps for Northern Ireland, all of them whilst still a pupil at Repton School where he studied between 2009 and 2011. He was originally selected to play for Northern Ireland against Turkey and Chile in May 2010, just two months after he had played in the 2010 Boodles ISFA Cup Final for his school. Then, in September 2010, he appeared as a substitute in an outstanding victory over Slovenia in a UEFA European Championship qualifier before returning to school to help Repton win the ISFA Six-a-Side tournament two days later! Johnny made his Premier League debut for Wolves as a substitute, away at Norwich in March 2012. In August 2012 he signed for Plymouth Argyle on loan for the first half of the season, scoring on his debut in the Capital One Cup.
CONOR HENDERSON (Arsenal) was a pupil at Colfe's School. He left school at 16 and was a member of the Arsenal Youth side which won the 2008-09 FA Youth Cup. He is eligible for both England and the Republic of Ireland. Having played for England at U17 level, he switched to Ireland for whom he has played at U19 and U21 levels. Conor made his first team debut for Arsenal in the FA Cup against Leyton Orient in March 2011. However, a serious knee injury in pre-season has ruled him out of the 2011-12 season.
FRASER FORSTER (Celtic) 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.
RORY BOULDING (Dundee United) attended Birkdale School and signed for Mansfield Town 2006 and made 20 appearances over 2 years before moving to Bradford City in the summer of 2008. He made just three appearances at Valley Parade before moving to Accrington Stanley in summer 2010, where he made 15 appearances during 2010-11. In the summer of 2011 he joined Livingston in the Scottish First Division, enjoying a successful season in which he scored 13 goals in 32 appearances. In Season 2012-13 he appeared for both Kilmarnock and Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League.
MICHAEL DOUGHTY (Queens Park Rangers) 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 Under-19 level and played for both Crawley Town and Aldershot Town n loan iduring season 2011-12.
TOM ADEYEMI (Norwich City, currently on loan at Brentford) has been at Norwich City since the age of 8, progressing through the Academy before making 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, he has since enjoyed a series of successful loan spells, making 34 appearainces for Bradford City sin Season 2010-11 and 36 appearances for Oldham Athletic in Season 2011-12. He has now joined Brentford, also on loan, for the 2012-13 season
DAN HARDING (Nottingham Forest) was educated at St. Bede’s School, The Dicker (Hailsham). He joined Brighton & Hove Albion before making his debut in Season 2002-03 and becoming a regular in 2003-04 and playing in their victory over Bristol City in the Division 1 Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium. He made 39 appearances in Brighton’s Championship season of 2004-05 before joining Leeds United in 2005. Dan made 20 appearances for Leeds before losing his first team place and moving to Ipswich Town in the summer of 2006. Following loan spells at Southend and Reading during Season 2008-09, he joined Southampton in July 2009, where he has since been a First Team regular, playing in the side that won promotion from League One in 2010-11. After making 98 appearances for Southampton, he joined Nottingham Forest in summer 2012.
TEERATEP WINOTHAI (Thailand international player) was a pupil at Brentwood School. During his time in England he attended Brentwood School for whom he played in the 2002 and 2003 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup Finals. He was also played in the academies of both Crystal Palace and Everton. Following his return home he has become a successful professional player who now has 43 full international caps (15 goals). He has played mainly for Thai Premier League club BEC Tero Sasana but did have a brief spell with Belgian club Lierse.
FRANK FIELDING (Derby County) 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.
JORDAN SPENCE (West Ham United) 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. In January 2009, Jordan went on loan to Leyton Orient, making 20 First Team appearances. At the start of the 2009-10 season he spent a period on loan at Scunthorpe United. Jordan made his first debut for West Ham in the final game of the 2009 season against Manchester City and spent 2010-11 on loan at Bristol City before returning to play for the West Ham First Team at the end of the season. He had a further spell on loan at Bristol City in Season 2011-12. Jordan has represented England at every age level from U16 to U21.
WILL HUGHES (Derby County) was a pupil at Foremarke Hall and Repton. He produced an outstanding display for Repton in the 2010 Rensburg Sheppards 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. In January 2012, he received his first call-up for the England U17 Squad. Still only 17, he began the 2012-13 season in the Derby First Team.
LAWRIE WILSON (Charlton Athletic) attended both Millfield Prep School and Millfield School. He began his career at Charlton Athletic but failed to progress beyong the reserve team. He moved to Colchester United and again failed to make the First Team. However, in 2007, he moved to Stevenage where, injury permitting, he has been a regular member of the First Team during a period which has seen the club with the FA Trophy, promotion to the Football League and then promotion to League One. After 191 appearances for Stevenage, Wilson joined Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2012.
CHRIS PORTER (Sheffield United) 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.
LEE HILLS (Stevenage) attended Whitgift School and made his debut for Crystal Palace in Season 2007-08. He has also appeared for Colchester United on loan and Oldham Athletic on loan. Lee has played for England at U18 and U19 levels. Injuries kept him out of football for nearly two years and in the summer of 2012 he joined Stevenage.
ANDREW FRAMPTON (Gillingham) played for Lancing College in the 1997 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup Final, his side defeating Bolton School 2-1. On leaving school he joined Crystal Palace for whom he made occasional appearances between 1998 And 2003 before joining Brentford following a loan spell.. He became and was vice-captain in the 2006-07 season but joined Millwall in June 2007. He has been a regular in the Millwall side since then and played at Wembley in the 2009 and 2010 League One Play-Off Final., winning promotion on the latter occasion. Following loand spells at Leyton Orient and Swindon Town during 2010-11, Andrew joined Gillingham in the summer of 2011
REUBEN REID (Yeovil Town) 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
ROBIN SHROOT (Stevenage) is an example of success through perserverence. He left Alleyn's School at 16, having played only 2nd XI football mainly due to his size, but he progressed through a variety of non-league clubs before gaining a trial with Birmingham City in 2008, as a result of which he won a contract and made his First Team debut in an FA Cup tie with Wolves in January 2009. Robin has Northern Ireland international caps at U19, U20 and U21 levels. Following loan spells with Walsall and Burton Albion, he joined Cheltenham Town in summer 2010. He made just 7 appearances for Cheltenham and joined Stevenage in summer 2011, making 28 appearances in 2011-12.
JAMES BEATTIE (Accrington Stanley) was a pupil at QEGS Blackburn and played for the ISFA Under-16 and North Under-18 teams in Season 1993-94. He progressed through the youth section of Blackburn Rovers to make his Premiership debut against Arsenal in 1996. In 1998 he was transferred to Southampton for £1 million and his career made rapid strides on the south coast where he became a prolific goalscorer, appeared in the 2003 F.A. Cup Final and won 5 England caps before he returned north to Everton in 2005. James joined Sheffield United in summer 2007 and, after 18 successful months at Bramall Lane, he returned to the Premier League in January 2009 when he joined Stoke City, playing a key role in their successful fight against relegation. In August 2010, James moved to Scotland, signing for Rangers but in January 2011 he moved back into the Premier League, playing on loan for Blackpool for the remainder of that season. Released in the summer of 2011, he joined Sheffield United in November 2011 where he played for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. In November 2012, he joined Accrington in a player-coach role.
NEIL HARRIS (Southend United) is a former pupil at Brentwood School. Between 1997 and 2005 he became something of a hero at Millwall. Regularly their leading goalscorer, he fought a successful battle to overcome testicular cancer in 2001 to become the club’s all-time joint record goalscorer (along with Teddy Sheringham) and to play in the 2004 F.A.Cup Final against Manchester United. He joined Nottingham Forest in 2004 but failed to recapture his old form in a two and a half year stay, during which he spent season 2005-06 on loan at Gillingham. In January 2007 he rejoined Millwall and in January 13, 2009 he scored his 112th goal for Millwall, breaking Teddy Sheringham's alltime goalscoring record for the club. He played in the 2009 and 2010 League One Play-Off Finals at Wembley, with Millwall clinching promotion on the latter occasion. In the summer of 2011, Neil left Millwall again and joined his home town club of Southend, finishing his Millwall career on 380 appearances and 125 goals in all First Team matches.
DAVID SYERS (Doncaster Rovers) attended Leeds Grammar School and, having progressed to the University of Leeds where he represented British Universities at the same time as reading Classics, he then played for a number of non-league clubs before attending a successful trial with Bradford City in the summer of 2010. He made his debut in a Carling Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, scoring the goal that took the tie to extra-time. A few days later he made his League Two debut against Stevenage. He went on to score 8 goals in 37 appearances and was voted the Players's Player of the Year for 2010-11. In the summer of 2012 he joined Doncaster Rovers.
LEWIS GRABBAN (AFC Bournemouth) 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.
CHARLIE SHERINGHAM (AFC Bournemouth) attended Brentwood School and also played for the ISFA U16 representative team. As a youth player, Charlies spent time with Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace and then played for a series of non-league clubs. However, in 2011, he joined AFC Bournemouth, making his league debut shortly afterwards.
ADAM VIRGO (Bristol Rovers) was a pupil at St. Aubyn's Prep School (Brighton) and Ardingly College and was a member of the Ardingly side which achieved the notable achievement of winning the English Schools FA U18 Schools Trophy in 1999. On leaving school he joined Brighton & Hove Albion for whom he soon established himself as a versatile player who could play in both attack and defence, making 73 appearances. He played in the Brighton team that won a Promotion Play-Off Final against Bristol City at the Millennium Stadium in 2004, scoring in the penalty shoot-out, and he was Brighton’s Player of the Year in 2004-05. In the summer of 2005 he was transferred to Celtic for £1 million but failed to establish a regular place in the starting line-up, making just 10 appearances and also winning two caps for the Scotland B team. He was loaned to Coventry City for the 2006-07 season and then to Colchester United for the 2007-08 season. In 2008, Adam re-signed for his home town club, Brighton, making a further 61 appearances before signing for Yeovil Town in July 2010. He made 33 appearances for Yeovil during 2010-11 and joined Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2011.
RHYS BENNETT (Rochdale) 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 and became a First Team regular in Season 2012-13.
OLIVER LEE (Barnet) 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 joined Barnet.
TROY BROWN (Aldershot Town) 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. He has represented Wales at U17, U19 and U21 levels.
SAMMY MOORE (AFC Wimbledon) was a pupil at Dover College. He was a member of the Ipswich Town team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2005 but made only one First Team appearance for Ipswich before moving to Brentford where he made 20 appearances. Sammy then moved into non-league football with Stevenage, Dover Athletic and AFC Wimbledon, returning to the Football League when AFC Wimbledon won promotion in 2011. During Wimbledon's first season in the Football League, he was voted Player of the Year by the fans.
SEAN McALLISTER (Cowdenbeath) won the Player of the Tournament Award as a member of the winning Bolton School team in the ISFA Under-15 Six-a-Side Tournament in 2001. He was a regular member of the ISFA Under-16 representative team in season 2002-03 and also played for Bolton School in the 2003 Boodle & Dunthorne ISFA Cup Final, when they defeated Bradfield College. Sean left school at 16 and joined Sheffield Wednesday, progressing through their Academy and making his First Team debut in the Coca-Cola Championship in the 2005-06 season, at Southampton as a substitute and then starting a match for the first time at Derby County. Sean had loan spells at Mansfield Town and Bury during 2007-08 but returned to Hillsborough for Season 2008-09, becoming a First Team regular. Sean signed for Shrewsbury Town in July 2010 and made 35 appearances in a two year spell. In 2012-13 he played twice for Port Vale before joining Cowdenbeath.
The following players also attended independent schools, though not schools that are current Members of ISFA:
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (Arsenal) 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.
BRETT PITMAN (Bristol City) 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.
Thurs 6th June
London Coaches Conference
(Alleyn's School, 10.00)
ISFA U14 at Repton Academy Festival
Sun 1st Sept
ISFA INSET Coaching Course
Mon 2nd Sept
ISFA INSET Coaching Course
(John Lyon School)
Sun 8th Sept
ISFA Six-a-Side Tournament
Sun 15th Sept
ISFA INSET Coaching Course
(King's College, Taunton)