From Wright-Phillips to Foden: The list of the most outstanding students of the Man City training camp


Manchester City have been the most successful English team of the past decade, in part due to their ability to identify and recruit quality players. But they have also invested heavily in a modern academy that trains young talents.

Manchester City has long been a hot spot for European football. Besides Man United, Man City also owns many notable tomorrow stars.

The Citizens of the 1960s had a strong roster of Manchester-born players. Many members of the 1986 FA Youth Cup-winning team were promoted to the first team and once brilliantly defeated Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man United 5-1 three years later.

Recently, Pep Guardiola has given Phil Foden wings to develop into a star of the team. Young players like Cole Palmer, Liam Delap and James McAtee are also very potential.

Below, GOAL takes a look at the most outstanding players growing up at Man City’s academy.

  • Alan Oakes

    Alan Oakes

    Oakes is a Man City legend who made 676 appearances between 1959 and 1976.

    Although he never played for England, Oakes was one of City’s best players before the modern era of football. He and the Etihad Stadium team won titles, the FA Cup, 2 League Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

    He played for six seasons in the third tier of English football before being inducted into Man City’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

  • Neil Young

    Neil Young

    Neil Young grew up on land less than a mile from Man City’s old stadium, Maine Road.

    Young has 10 years with Man City, with a total of 415 appearances and has played alongside Colin Bell, Francis Lee and Mike Summerbee.

    Of his 108 goals, the iconic one was perhaps in the 1969 FA Cup final against Leicester and the opener against Gornik Zabrze, helping Man CIty win the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

  • Joe Corrigan Manchester City 1981Getty

    Joe Corrigan

    Corrigan is an England goalkeeper of the same age as Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence. Therefore, he did not have many opportunities to play, but also had 9 caps for the national team.

    Corrigan joined the club at the age of 15, played his first match at the age of 18 and made a total of 603 appearances during his 15 years at City.

    After retiring, he became a goalkeeping coach and enjoyed great success at Liverpool and West Brom.

  • Peter Barnes

    The son of 1956 FA Cup winner Ken Barnes, Peter Barnes made his debut at the age of 17 in 1974, as an academy youth player.

    Two years later, he was named the PFA Young Player of the Year after scoring against Newcastle to help City win the League Cup and make his England debut.

    He has a total of 22 caps. Peter was sold to West Brom, wandering in many clubs such as Leeds, Real Betis, Coventry City, MU but then returned to Etihad in 1987.

  • Paul Lake

    It is difficult for a young talent to continue to shine when he suffered a knee ligament injury early in his career.

    Lake was once mentioned as a future captain of the England team. He is considered the most talented member of Man City’s squad that won the 1986 FA Youth Cup.

    Lake is a versatile player who can play at the heart of defense as well as in midfield. As he prepared to make his first England cap in 1990, he suffered a serious knee injury. Although he underwent many surgeries to regain his fitness, 6 years later Lake retired with many regrets.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips | Manchester CityGetty

    Shaun Wright-Phillips

    The son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Shaun’s arrival represents a new impetus as City look to re-establish their footing in the Premier League at the turn of the century.

    He is small in stature but has very good technique. When he joined Chelsea in a £20m deal in 2005, Shaun was also called up to the England squad.


    Wright-Phillips never lived up to expectations at Stamford Bridge and returned to Manchester three years later. He and Man City won their first title in 35 years with the FA Cup trophy in 2011.

  • Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge

    The striker joined City’s Academy as a teenager and featured in two FA Youth Cup finals before making his first-team debut at the age of 17.

    Man City did not sign him again, and Sturridge joined Chelsea in 2009. When he switched to Liverpool for more playing time, he was able to start with Luis Suarez at Anfield. But then, injuries began to hinder his career.

    Sturridge has won two Champions Leagues, and was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Premier League. In the national team shirt, he has 26 times to play for the Three Lions.

  • Micah Richards Manchester City

    Micah Richards

    A much-loved television sports pundit today, Richards was the most noticed product of the Man City Academy in 2005. He joined Man City’s first team, leaving his mark with the equalizer. memorable in injury time against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

    A year later, he became the youngest defender to play for England and also won a starting position at the Etihad.

    He played a key role in the 2012 Premier League title but injury has prevented him from shining at Man City, Fiorentina and Aston Villa.

  • Kasper Schmeichel

    Kasper Schmeichel

    In a year Peter Schmeichel played at Etihad, Man City signed his son, Kasper Schmeichel.

    Kasper started the 2007-08 season as the number one goalkeeper, keeping his first three clean sheets, but then lost his place to Joe Hart.

    Real success only came after he left Etihad. Schmeichel won both the Premier League and FA Cup with Leicester, and has just reached 100 caps for Denmark.

  • Kieran Trippier

    Kieran Trippier

    Trippier joined City at the age of nine and with the youth team won the 2008 FA Youth Cup, but he never played for the first team.

    Trippier had a very successful career, winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid, playing in the Champions League final with Tottenham and becoming only the second English player after Sir Bobby Charlton to score in a World Cup semi-final.

    It is quite unfortunate that Trippier failed in those knock-out matches, but he is still working hard to help Newcastle lift their first title after 55 years of waiting.

  • Jadon Sancho Manchester CityGetty Images

    Jadon Sancho

    Pep Guardiola has seen Sancho’s potential, but the Englishman has never played for Man City’s first team. Sancho’s attitude was worrisome at the time.

    Borussia Dortmund signed Sancho and in the Bundesliga, he became one of the most watched young talents in world football, and was soon called up to the England team.

    Manchester United spent £73 million ($89 million) to bring Sancho back to England, but his first season with the Reds fell short of expectations. Fans hope things will get better when Sancho works under new coach Erik ten Hag.

  • Phil Foden

    Phil Foden

    Only 22 years old, but Foden has already won more titles than any player who has grown up from the Man City training system. Currently, he is still wearing the first team shirt of the blue half of Man.

    Young team coaches have seen Foden’s qualities early on, Pep Guardiola is no exception, he made Foden debut for Man City when he was 17 years old.

    With four Premier League titles and Foden’s best years still ahead, it’s no wonder that former Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta once said Foden’s potential is limitless.


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