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.
FRANK LAMPARD (New York City) attended Brentwood School and played in the 1993-94 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 and to victory in the 2013 Europa League Final. In May 2013, he broke the all-time Chelsea goalscoring record. For England he played in EURO 2004 in Portugal and in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, captaining the team on one occasion in the 2014 Finals in Brazil. In September 2013, he won his 100th England cap, only the ninth player in history to reach that milestone. 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. Following his departure from Chelsea in 2014, he spent year at Manchester City where he made a further 32 appearances before joining New York City in the United States Major Soccer League in summer 2015. He was awarded an OBE in 2015.
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. 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.
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 has returned to Chelsea for 2016-17.
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. 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.
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 has not yet returned to action.
PATRICK BAMFORD (Chelsea, currently on loan at Burnley) 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 and will play 2016-17 on loan at Burnley.
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.
MICHAEL KEANE (Burnley) 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.
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.
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.
ELLIOT LEE (Barnsley) 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.
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 and he played in the 2014 Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley in which QPR clinched their return to the Premier League.
WILL HUGHES (Derby County) 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. In January 2012, he received his first call-up for the England U17 Squad but soon progressed to playing for the England U21 team. He has been a regular in the Derby County First Team since 2012 and played in the 2014 League One Play-Off Final at Wembley. He was also a member of the England U21 Squad for the 2015 EURO Under-21 Championship. A serious injury on the first day of 2015-16 kept him out for much of the season.
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.
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. He made his debut for England U20 in May 2014, playing in the Toulon tournament.
JONATHAN BOND (Reading, currently on loan at Gillingham) 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 has successfully established himself as first choice goalkeeper. 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. In August 2016 he joined Gillingham on loan.
LAWRIE WILSON (Bolton Wanderers) attended both Millfield Prep School and Millfield School. He began his career at Charlton Athletic but failed to progress beyond 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 saw the club win the FA Trophy, promotion to the Football League and then promotion to League One. After 191 appearances for Stevenage, Wilson rejoined Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2012, making 96 appearances before spending a period on loan at Rotherham United in 2014-15. He joined Bolton Wanderers in Summer 2015.
TOM ADEYEMI (Cardiff City, on loan at Rotherham United) 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).
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.
NIALL KEOWN (Reading) 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. He is a Republic of Ireland U21 international
MICHAEL DOUGHTY (Queens Park Rangers, currently on loan to 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 Under-19 level and has had loan spells at Crawley Town, Aldershot Town, St. Johnstone, Stevenage and Gillingham. He made his Football League debut for QPR in August 2015. He is currently playing on loan at Swindon Town.
CHRIS PORTER (Colchester 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 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.
RHYS BENNETT (Mansfield Town) 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.
JOSH WRIGHT (Gillingham) was a pupil at Chigwell School and has played for Charlton Athletic, Scunthorpe United and Millwall before joining his present club Leyton Orient. He has also appeared on loan for Barnet, Brentford, Gillingham and Crawley Town amassing a total of nearly 200 First Team appearances. He joined Gillingham in Summer 2015. He represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels.
SEAN McALLISTER (Grimsby Town) 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 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, making nine appearances. However, in the summer of 2013, he returned to English football when he signed for Scunthorpe and was Player of the Year as the team won promotion from League Two in 2014. After 73 appearances for Scunthorpe, he joined Grimsby Town in Summer 2016
OLIVER LEE (Luton Town) 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.
BEN NUGENT (Crewe Alexandra) 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.
CALLUM SAUNDERS (Crewe Alexandra) played for The Grange School in the 2009 Investec ISFA U13 Cup Final and also played for the ISFA North-West U13 and Full ISFA U14 teams. A member of the Crewe Academy, he progressed to make his First Team debut against Fleetwood Town in August 2014 and scored his first Crewe goal at Doncaster in December 2015. He has also played for Wales at U17, U19 and U21 levels.
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.
SAMMY MOORE (Leyton Orient, currently on loan at Dover Athletic) 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. After making 167 appearances for Wimbledon, he joined Leyton Orient in Summer 2015. He is currently on loan at Dover Athletic.
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.
LUKE O'NIEN (Wycombe Wanderers) 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.
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.
SAM HART (Liverpool, currently on loan at Port Vale) 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.
The following players also attended independent schools, though not schools that are current Members of ISFA:
CALUM CHAMBERS (Arsenal, currently on loan at Middlesbrough) 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 has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the duration of the 2016-17 season
BRETT PITMAN (Ipswich Town) 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.
Sat 11th Sept
Complete Sports Solutions
(Bolton School, 10.00)
Sun 18th Sept
U16 at 11.00
U18 at 2.00
Sun 18th Sept
North Trials, U18 & U16
(Bolton School, 12.00)
Sun 25th Sept
Girls Representative Trials
U16 at 11.00
U18 at 12.30)
Sun 9th Oct
Girls Seven-a-Side Tournament
(U18 & U15)
Sun 20th Nov
ISFA Girls U18 v.
(ACS Cobham, 1.00)
Sun 27th Nov
North v. South matches
U18 & U16
(Repton School, 2.00)
ISFA Week at
St. George's Park
Sun 15th Jan
ISFA U18 Boys & Girls
v. Australia Schools
(Clifton College, 2.00)
Sun 5th Feb
ISFA U18 v.
(TNS FC, 2.00)
Thurs 2nd Mar
ISFA U13 Cup Final
(Burton Albion FC, 1.15)
Thurs 2nd Mar
ISFA U15 Cup Final
(Burton Albion FC, 6.00)
ISFA U13 Regional
ISFA U18 & U16 Tour
Thurs 27th Apr
ISFA U16 Shield Final
(St. George's Park, 6.00)
Wed 10th May
ISFA U11 Seven-a-Side Tournament
(St. George's Park)