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CURRENT PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS

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

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.  In March 2019, he made his Full International debut for England as a substitute against the Czech Republic and, three days later, he made his first start against Montenegro.  

TYRONE MINGS (Aston Villa) represented ISFA U18 while 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.  His career at Bournemouth continued to be affected by injury and he was restricted to just 17 appearances before joining Aston Villa on loan in January 2019.  He assisted Villa to gain promotion to the Premier League, playing in the 2019 Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley, and signed for Villa on a permanent basis in Summer 2019.  He made his full England debut against Bulgaria in October 2019.

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.  He featured regularly for Liverpool in the 2017-18 season until he suffered a serious injury in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Roma which caused a year out of the game.  As a result he missed both the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  He returned to the Liverpool line-up in the 2018-19 season, appearing as a substitute in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final and also started the FIFA World Club Cup Final against Flamengo in December 2019.

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.  He missed much of the 2018-19 season through injury but has now re-established his place in the Burnley First Team.  He made his England debut as a substitute against Costa Rica in June 2018 and made his first England start against Kosovo in a EURO qualifier in November 2019.

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.  At international level, he initially represented the Republic of Ireland at U17 and U19 levels before switching his allegiance to England for whom he played at U19, U120 and U21 levels.  He made his Full International debut for England against Germany in March 2017.

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 to the Premier League in 2016-17.  He played for England at U21 level.

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 where he has become a First Team regular, helping them to win promotion to the Premier League in 2020.

JUDE BELLINGHAM (Borussia Dortmund) played for the Priory School team that won the 2018 ISFA U16 Shield.  He became Birmingham City's youngest ever player in August 2019 when he made his debut at 16 years 38 days in an EFL Cup tie at Portsmouth and the following month became their youngest ever goalscorer when he hit the net against Stoke City in the League.  In Summer 2020, he joined Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga, scoring on his debut and becoming the club's youngest ever goalscorer.  In October 2020, he made his debut in the UEFA Champions League, becoming the youngest Englishman to play in the tournament.  He played for England throughout the junior levels and made his Full debut against the Republic or Ireland in November 2020, becoming England's third youngest debutant (behind Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen).

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 2014 where he has made 107 First Team appearances despite 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. In August 2019, he returned to Celtic on loan, winning another Scottish Premier League title before returning to Southampton for season 2020-21.

VICTOR MOSES (Chelsea, currently on loan at Spartak Moscow) 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.  He remains a Chelsea player but since 2018 has undertaken a series of loan moves, to Fenerbahce, Inter Milan and currently at Spartak Moscow..

CALUM CHAMBERS (Arsenal) 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 moved to Fulham on loan for the 2018-19 season, winning their Player of the Year Award.  In Season 2019-20, he returned to Arsenal and regained his First Team place before suffering a serious injury in December 2019.

JAMAL MUSIALA (Bayern Munich) was born in Germany but moved to England and attended Whitgift School for whom he played in the 2015 and 2016 ISFA U13 Cup Finals and the 2017 U15 Cup Final, winning on all three occasions.  A product of the Chelsea Academy, he moved to Bayern Munich in 2019 and became Bayern's Bundesliga debutant when he appeared as a substitute in June 2020 against Freiburg.  He then became Bayern's youngest ever scorer, when he netted against Schalke in September 2020.

NATHAN BAXTER (Chelsea, currently on loan at Accrington Stanley) 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.  Season 2019-20 was spent on loan with Scottish Premier outfit, Ross County, and in October 2020 he joined Accrington Stanley on loan.

NATHANIEL PHILLPS (Liverpool) played for Bolton School's victorious ISFA U13 Cup winning team in 2010 and was in their side that finished as runner-up in the U15 Cup in 2012.  A product of the Bolton Wanderers Academy, he had a spell with Huddersfield before joining Liverpool where he was an unused squad member for the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid.  He moved on loan to VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga 2 for Season 2019-20 but returned to Liverpool temporarily in January, making his First Team debut in the FA Cup against Everton.  He made his Premier League debut in October 2020 against West Ham United.

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, where he has become a First Team regular.

JENSEN WEIR (Brighton & Hove Albion) attended The Grange School, Hartford and made his First Team debut for Wigan Athletic in the Checkatrade Trophy whilst still a pupil at school. He made his league debut against Birmingham City in April 2019 and joined Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2020. He has represented both Scotland and England at youth levels.

RHYS NORRINGTON-DAVIES (Sheffield United, currently on loan at Luton Town) attended Royal Russell School where we was a member of the team that won the Boodles ISFA Cup in 2017 and also played regularly for the ISFA U18 Representative Team.  On leaving school, he signed for Sheffield United.  He has enjoyed a series of successful loan spells at Barrow in the National Leaug (2018-29), Rochdale in League One (2019-20) and Luton Town in the Championship (2020-21).  He made his full Welsh debut against Bulgaria in the UEFA National League in October 2020.

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. Despite injury setbacks, he has established himself in the Watford First Team and played in the 2019 FA Cup Final.

LAWRENCE WYKE (Atlanta United) attended Repton School and played for the ISFA U18 team.  He attended university in the USA before joining Atlanta United, making his MLS debut in February 2020.

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.  At the end of the 2019-20 season, he had a career total of 149 goals.

DUNCAN WATMORE (Middlesbrough) captained his school, Cheadle Hulme, to victory in the 2012 Barry Burns Northern Eights.  Following A-levels, he joined Altrincham in the National League North, while studying at Manchester University, and became their Player of the Year in Season 2012-13.  He joined Sunderland, then in the Premier League, in Summer 2013, transferring his degree course to Newcastle University.  He made 9 appearances for Scottish Premier League Hibernian in 2013-14 before returning to Sunderland and being named Premier League U21 Player of the Year in 2014-15.  He also completed his degree, graduating with First Class Honours in economics and business management.  In the same summer he played for England U20s in the Toulon Tournament, being named in the "Team of the Tournament".  He also appeared for England U21 and was part of the team that won the Toulon Tournament in 2016.  Between 2015 and 2019 Watmore made 65 appearances for Sunderland in a career that was severely marred by injuries.  In November 2020, the joined Middlesbrough.

ALEX PEARCE (Millwall) 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 but his appearances were limited and he spent periods on loan at Bristol City and Millwall.  In Summer 2019 he signed for Millwall on a permanent deal.  He has represented Scotland at Under-21 level and the Republic of Ireland at full international level, scoring on his debut against Oman.

TYRESE CAMPBELL (Stoke City) attended Cheadle Hulme School and attended the Manchester City Academy.  He joined Stoke City in 2016 and helped them to the FA Youth Cup semi-final.  He made his Premier League debut against Leicester City in February 2018.  After a spell on loan at Shrewsbury Town in 2018-19, he has now worked his way into the Stoke City First Team.  He has played for England at U16, U17 and U20 levels.

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 and has played regularly for the First Team since then.

GERALDO BAJRAMI (Birmingham City) played for Priory School in the ISFA U13 Cup Final in 2013 and was also a member of the Priory team that reached the ISFA U16 Shield Final in 2016.  He captained the Birmingham City Youth Team to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2018 and made his First Team debut in August 2019 in an EFL Cup tie at Portsmouth.  He has played for Albania at U21 level.

ODIN BAILEY (Birmingham City, currently on loan at Forest Green Rovers) played for Priory School in the ISFA U13 Cup Final in 2013 and was also a member of the Priory team that reached the ISFA U16 Shield Final in 2016.  He made his First Team debut in August 2019 in an EFL Cup tie at Portsmouth and his league debut as a substitute against Barnsley later the same month.

FRANK FIELDING (Millwall) 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 and made a total of 181 appearances in a six year spell before joining Millwall in 2019.

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 Two in 2018 and then another promotion from League One in 2019.

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 where he has served as back-up goalkeeper.

GABRIEL McGILL (Dunfermline Athletic, currently on loan at Edinburgh City) attended St. Peter's School, York and represented ISFA at U14, U15 and U16 levels.  Having played for York City up to age 16, he spent two years at the Middlesbrough Academy whilst continuing to study for A Levels and, on leaving school, joined Dunfermline Athletic in 2019.  He made his debut as a substitute in the Scottish League Cup against St. Mirren, live on BT Sport.  He is currently on loan with Edinburgh City in SPFL League Two.

MATTHEW BOWMAN (Dunfermline Athletic) attended Scarborough College and then, in the Sixth Form, Repton School, for whom he played in the 2018 Boodles ISFA Cup Final.  He represented ISFA representative teams at all levels from U13 to U18 and, on leaving school in 2019, signed for Dunfermline Athletic.  He made his first team debut in November 2020 in the Scottish League Cup against Clyde.

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 and became a regular in the Scottish Premier League.  Unfortunately a late season injury caused him to miss the 2019 Scottish FA Cup Final.  He moved on loan to Gillingham for the 2019-20 season.

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, where he has become a First Team regular.

GEORGE DOBSON (Sunderland) attended Brentwood School.  Having attended the Arsenal and West Ham Academies, he joined Walsall in 2016, making over 80 appearances in a three year spell as well as enjoying a brief period in Holland with Sparta Rotterdam.  In Summer 2019, he signed for Sunderland and quickly became a First Team regular.

JAMES NORWOOD (Ipswich Town) 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.  One year later, and after a successful season back in the EFL, he returned to Wembley as Tranmere won the League Two Promotion Play-Off Final.  He finished the 2018-19 season as League Two's top scorer and also League Two Player of the Year.  In Summer 2019, 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 returned to Ipswich where he established himself in the First Team in 2018-19.  He has played for England at U19 and U20 levels.

KIERAN O'HARA (Burton Albion) attended St. Bede's College, Manchester.  Progressing through the ranks at Manchester United Academy, he had a series of loan spells in non-league football before making his EFL debut for Morecambe in January 2016.  In Season 2018-19 he joined Macclesfield Town on loan, playing regularly in the team that staged a miraculous escape from relegation under Manager Sol Campbell.  For Season 2019-20 he joined Burton Albion on loan, becoming a First Team regular, and he joined Burton on a permanent basis in Summer 2020.  In Summer 2019 he joined Burton Albion on loan.  After 21 U21 international camps for the Republic of Ireland, he made his Full International Stadium in a home match with Bulgaria in September 2019.

RHYS BENNETT (Carlisle 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.  In November 2020 he joined Carlisle United.

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 where he continues to score goals.

WILL JAASKELAINEN (Crewe Alexandra) attended Bolton School and progressed through the Bolton Wanderers Academy.  He joined Crewe in 2017 and, after spells on loan in non-league football, made his First Team debut on Good Friday 2019, becoming a First Team regular in the 2019-20 season.  He has represented Finland at youth level.

FEJIRI OKENABIRHIE (Doncaster Rovers) 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 and has became a First Team reqular before joining Doncaster in January 2020.

REUBEN REID (Cheltenham 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.  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, scoring 22 goals in 67 games before joining Cheltenham Town in Summer 2019

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, having played over 300 matches for the club.

ALEX FISHER (Exeter City) 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.  A regular in the Yeovil side in 2018-19, he moved to Exeter City in 2019.

SAM HART (Southend United) 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.  He has since had spells on loan at Rochdale, Southend United and Shrewsbury Town before joining Southend on a permanent basis in November 2020.

JOSH WRIGHT (Leyton Orient) attended Chigwell School.  He has enjoyed a nomadic career, appearing for Charlton Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Millwall, Leyton Orient, Gillingham, Southend United and Bradford City as well as loan spells with Barnet, Brentford and Crawley Town.  In June 2019, he joined Leyton Orient for a third time.

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

WILL GRIGG (Sunderland) 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.  He joined Sunderland in January 2019 and played at Wembley in the 2019 Checkatrade Trophy Final and also, as a substitute, in the 2019 League One Play-Off Final.  Grigg is a Northern Ireland international and was a non-playing member of their squad for EURO 2016.

BRETT PITMAN (Swindon 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, making 70 appearances and scoring 15 goals in a two-year spell.  He joined Portsmouth in Summer 2017 and became club captain as well as playing in Portsmouth's winning team in the 2019 Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley.  In September 2020 he joined Swindon Town.

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 moved to Bristol Rovers in Summer 2018.  Rodman is an England "C' international and also an England futsal international.  He also played for both English and British Universities whilst studying at Nottingham Trent University.

 

 

 

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