Player profiles ahead of FA Youth Cup tie
AFC Wimbledon Under-18s aim to produce a performance that will live up to the academy’s philosophy of “home-grown and hungry” tomorrow night and we take a closer look at the squad below.
Wimbledon host Burnley (7.00 pm kick-off tomorrow) at the Cherry Red Records Stadium with £5 entry for all adults and £2 entry for Under-18s. The academy’s younger age group teams will all be attending and manager Mark Robinson said it would be “fantastic” to get a good crowd along to cheer on his squad.
The full Under-18s squad is listed below, but captain Dan Gallagher is ruled out through injury and Ben Harrison will be unavailable due to first-team commitments.
Eighteen-year-old goalkeeper, who progressed through the ranks and he has moved up to the development squad this season. A second year scholar, Billy joined Wimbledon at the age of 10 and previously played for AFC Epsom.
Will is a 16-year-old goalkeeper who joined the club this season after previously playing at Reading. Will has been a substitute for the development squad this season and he is a first-year scholar.
Previously at Crawley Town, Reece is a 16-year-old full-back who has already made one appearance for the development squad as a first year scholar after joining the club last year.
Centre-back who joined the club at Under-16 level. Dominic is a first year scholar who previously played for Charlton Athletic.
Neset is a versatile left-sided player who joined the club at Under-13 level. The 16-year-old, a first year scholar, previously played for Epsom Eagles.
Alfie is a first year scholar. A 17-year-old midfielder, Alfie joined the Dons at Under-14 level after previously playing for Dulwich Hamlet.
Jason previously had a spell at Chelsea before joining Wimbledon as an Under-16 player. The 17-year-old is a first year scholar.
A first year scholar, Seanan is a sixteen-year-old midfielder who joined the club at Under-13 level.
He originally joined Wimbledon at Under-9 level. Louie is a sixteen-year-old midfield player who is in his second spell at the club after re-signing from Fulham.
Dan is a striker who joined the club at Under-12 level after being picked up from Nethern Falcons. He is a first year scholar.
A fifteen-year-old attacking player, Reece is a pre-scholar who has moved up from the Under-16s. He joined the club at Under-9 level.
An 18-year-old defender, Ian has moved up from the college academy team this season. He joined the club at the age of 16.
Now part of the development squad, Callum is a 17-year-old right back. A second year scholar, Callum has been with Wimbledon since joining at Under-8 level.
Ryan joined Wimbledon at Under-9 level and he is a 17-year-old centre-back who is now part of the development squad. Ryan was on the bench for the first-team at Oxford United recently.
The 17-year-old centre-back has made appearances for the development squad after joining Wimbledon at Under-15 level. Taylor previously played his football at Nethern Falcons.
Ben this season earned a professional contract after making appearances for the first-team. He joined the club at Under-9s after previously playing for Molesey.
An 18-year-old midfielder, Billy has made appearances for the development squad. He joined the club at Under-8 level.
He is a second year scholar who joined the club at Under-11 level. Danny, age 17, has moved up to the development squad this season after coming through the ranks.
A left-sided attacking player, second year scholar Ollie is in his second spell at the club after re-signing from Crystal Palace. He is a 17-year-old who has stepped up to make appearances at development level after originally signing for Wimbledon as an Under-8.
A 17-year-old striker, Egli has made appearances for the development squad after joining as an Under-11. He previously played at Middlesbrough and is a second year scholar.
Previously at Sheen Lions, Dan is a 17-year-old striker. Now a second year scholar, Dan joined Wimbledon as an Under-15.