CURRENT PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS

Shropshire Schools & Colleges past players currently playing professional football within the Premier and Football Leagues 

JOE HART (Meole Brace School) 

Joe Hart attended Meole Brace School and was a member of the Shropshire Under-16 team which reached the Final of the English Schools Inter-County Trophy in 2002/03, losing to Sussex at Leyton Orient FC. He made his Shrewsbury Town First Team debut in the Nationwide Conference against Gravesend & Northfleet in April 2004 and his Football League debut in April 2005 against Notts County. In 2006 he was transferred to Manchester City, from where he enjoyed successful loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool and Birmingham City. Joe played for England at several different levels and was in the England Under 21 Squad that reached the semi-finals of the UEFA European Championships in 2007 and the final of the European Championships in 2009. From Season 2007-08 he made himself the regular first choice for Manchester City before making his full international debut at the end of the season in England’s match against Trinidad & Tobago.

He has so far won two Premier League winners medals with Manchester City (2011-12 and 2013-14) and has 60 full caps for his country to add to his 6 U19 caps and 21 U21 caps. He also has an FA Cup winners medal from 2011.  In the Summer of 2016, Joe opened a new chapter in his career when he joined Italian Serie A side Torino on loan.

 
Joe Hart 

DANNY GUTHRIE (Thomas Telford School) 

Born in Shrewsbury, Danny attended Thomas Telford School with whom he won a number of County titles. He was at the Manchester United Academy until the age of 15 when he joined Liverpool, making his debut as a substitute in the Carling Cup against Reading in October 2006 and then starting for the first time in a UEFA Champions League match at Galatasaray in December. He was loaned to Southampton for the later stages of the 2006-07 season spent 2007-08 on loan at Bolton Wanderers before securing a permanent move to Newcastle United in Summer 2008, the fee believed to be in the region of £2.5 million. He played over 80 games for Newcastle, helping them gain promotion to the Premiership and scored 6 goals for the club. He featured in midfield in the successes against Everton and Stoke City and was credited for a man of the match performance against QPR. Danny joined Premiership newcomers Reading in the summer of 2012 and played regularly in the midfield for the Berkshire club in the Championship during 2013-14 before signing a two-year deal with Blackburn Rovers following a successful trial in August 2015.  He made his debut six days later in a 1-2 home defeat to Shrewsbury Town in the first round of the League Cup.

  
Danny Guthrie 

BOAZ MYHILL (The Marches) 

California-born Myhill appeared for England Youth and Under-20, but was eligible for Wales via his mother. He moved to Shropshire at the age of one and represented Shropshire on many occasions whilst a student at The Marches School in Oswestry. He was signed by Aston Villa when 16 years old, although he failed to make the first team at Villa Park. He did however make first team appearances on loan with Bradford City, Macclesfield and Stockport County. In December 2003 he joined Hull City where he immediately established himself as a first team regular as his new club won successive promotions in 2003/04 and 2004/05 and then, in 2008, a further promotion to the Barclays Premier League via the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley. Boaz made 28 Premier League appearances during Season 2008-09 and gained his first full Welsh international cap against Luxembourg. He joined newly promoted West Bromwich Albion for a fee, believed to be in the region of £1.5 million pounds and shared the goalkeeping position with England international Scott Carson. In July 2011 he was involved in a year-long

swap deal with Ben Foster, another England international goalkeeper which saw him establish himself as the first-choice goalkeeper at Championship side Birmingham City performing well both in domestic competitions and in the Europa League before injury disrupted his season. At the start of the 2012-13 season Boaz returned to West Bromwich Albion and has since battled with Ben Foster for the WBA goalkeeping spot.  Aged 31 he retired from the international scene with 20 caps for Wales. 

 
Boaz Myhill 

DAVID EDWARDS (Mary Webb School) 

David Edwards joined Shrewsbury Town on leaving school and made his First Team debut as a substitute against Scunthorpe on the final day of the 2002/03 season. He established a regular place in the Town team and as a Welsh Under-19 and Under-21 international. He joined Luton Town in summer 2007 and made his debut for the Full Wales international team on 17th November 2007 against the Republic of Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. His first start for Wales came a few days later in a heroic goalless draw against Germany in Frankfurt. In January 2008 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and was a member of the Squad which won promotion to the Premier League in 2009. By the summer of 2009 he had 14 full Welsh international caps.
David has made nearly 50 appearances for Wolves, but has been plagued by injury. His all-action style has resulted in several fine performances, but few can have given him more pleasure than scoring in a 2-1 win against Manchester City past his fellow Salopian and good friend Joe Hart in season 2010-11. He is contracted to Wolves until 2014. David played in midfield against Belgium and Serbia in the World Cup qualifiers in September 2012. He was in outstanding form for Wolves in the latter part of season 2013-14 as Wolves were crowned League One Champions.  Dave was also an integral part of the Wales squad that qualified for the 2016 European Championships.

 
Dave Edwards

BILLY JONES (Belvidere School) 

Billy Jones was born in Shrewsbury and attended Belvidere School. He made his League debut for Crewe Alexandra at the age of 16 in October 2003 and has played regularly ever since. He has England caps at Under-16 and Under-17 (both as captain) and also at Under-19 and Under-20 levels. After 132 appearances for Crewe, Billy joined Preston North End in 2007 and  became a First Team regular at Deepale. Billy was voted Player of the year for Preston inseason 2010-2011. He secured a transfer to West Bromwich Albion and became a Premier League player in June 2011 on a three year contract. Currently first choce full back for WBA in the Premier League in seasons 2012-13 and 2013-14. As WBA attempted to avoid relegation from the Premiership Billy had a significant part to play towards the conclusion of the 2013-14 season..He made 22 Premier League appearances in 2013-14 for WBA, but in the summer of 2014 Billy signed a 4 year deal with fellow Premiership side Sunderland under the management of Gus Poyet.


Billy Jones

CRAIG DAVIES (BRJ & Phoenix School, Telford) 

Craig Davies was born in Burton on the 30th July 1986 and attended the BRJ and Phoenix schools in Telford. Craig joined Shrewsbury Town Centre of Excellence in 1999 and quickly developed into a promising centre forward. His talents were spotted by Manchester City who negotiated a transfer from Shrewsbury C of Excellence to the Man City Academy at age of 16. He was not to make his debut for the City but in 2004 he signed for Oxford United and in his very first season netted 8 goals in 23 games. One year later he took the European tour, joining Verona in the Italian league but after one season he re-joined English football when he signed a loan deal to Wolves in 2006 making six full appearances. He signed for Oldham Athletic in 2007, scoring on hid debut and making 44 appearances. Following a loan spell at Stockport, he joined Brighton & Hove Albion in January 2009 where he is now a First Team regular. He has 6 Welsh international caps.
 
He sored 23 goals for Chesterfield in League Two in 2010-2011 and was tranferred to Barnsley in summer 2011. Craig is currently scoring freely in the Championship for Barnsley under the stewardship of Keith Hill. In September2012 Craig scored 4 goals in an emphatic 5-0 victory away to Birmingham City at St Andrews. He returned to the Welsh squad and appeared as a substitute in the Gareth Bale inspired 2-1 victory in the World Cup Qualifier at the Cardiff City stadium in October 2012. In January 2013 Craig became Dougie Freedman`s first signing at Bolton Wanderers costing £300,000. In season 2013-14 Craig joined Preston North End on loan. At the start of season 2014-15 Craig was back leading the line for Bolton Wanderers, before joining Wigan Athletic in July 2015 whom he left to join Scunthorpe United in January 2017.


Craig Davies


MATT DONE (The Marches)

Matt attended Marches School and Technology College in his home town of Oswestry. He started his career at Wrexham in 2006/07. One of his most memorable contributions was scoring against Sheffield Wednesday in a 4-1 League Cup victory. In May 2008 Wrexham were relegated to the Football Conference and Matt decided to continue his playing career in the Football League with Hereford United. He signed for League one newcomers Rochdale on 31 July 2010. On 21 June 2011 Matt joined Championship side Barnsley.In January 2013 Matt moved to Edinburgh and joined Scottish Premier League side Hibernian on a loan deal until the end of the season. In September 2014 Matt scored a hat-tick in the league soon after his return to Rochdale in a 5-2 victory against Crewe Alexandra in August 2014.  In February 2015 Matt left Rochdale to join Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee on a two and a half year deal.  On 10th February 2015, Done scored on his Blades debut in a 4-1 home victory over Colchester United


Matt Done

SCOTT BROWN (Thomas Telford)

Scott attended the Thomas Telford School and was a product of Wolverhampton Wanderers Youth Academy. He is currently first-choice goalkeeper for Cheltenham Town, having previously been on the staff of Bristol City. Scott joined Cheltenham in the 2005-06 season. He was made  first-choice  goalkeeper in the 2009-10 season and performed heroically to help Cheltenham scrape away from relegation to the Football Conference, albeit on the last day of the season. Scott received universal praise after a fine performance against Tottenham in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at White Hart Lane in January 2012. As season 2013-14 drew to a close Scott remained first choice goalkeeper for Cheltenham. In the summer of 2014 Scott joined Scottish Pemier League side Aberdeen before joining Wycombe Wonderers in July 2016. A loan spell at Eastleigh followed before a loan move back to Cheltenham Town in the January 2017 transfer window.


Scott Brown

ELLIOTT BENNETT (Thomas Telford School)

Elliott was born in Telford and attended Thomas Telford School. On leaving school he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and made two League Cup appearances for the club. He spent time on loan at Crewe and Bury, but in August 2009 he joined Brighton and Hove Albion. In 2010-11 he had a very successful season scoring 8 goals and assisting with over 20 as Brighton clinched promotion to the Championship. He was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year for 2010-11. Elliott  joined Norwich City in June 2011, where he has regularly appeared in the Premier League. After an injury in season 2013-2014 and Norwich`s subsequent relegation Elliott is a key figure in the Canaries bid for promotion from the Championship during 2014-15.  He was sent out on loan twice during the later stages of his Norwich career; to Brighton and Hove Albion and Bristol City.  On January 5th 2016 Elliot joined Blackburn Rovers on a two and a half year deal.


Elliott Bennett

LEE COLINS (Thomas Telford School)

Born in Telford, attending Thomas Telford School. He graduated through the Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy to turn professional in February 2007. He spent much of the 2007–08 season on loan at Hereford United, helping the club to win promotion into League One. He joined Port Vale on loan at the start of the 2008–09 season, and his loan stay was made permanent in January 2009. He played 53 games for the club in 2009–10, and continued to be a key member of the defence in 2010–11. He joined Barnsley on loan in March 2012, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer. From Barnsley, he was loaned out to Shrewsbury Town in September 2012. He moved on to Northampton Town in February 2013, and spent over two years with the club before moving on to Mansfield Town.

SAM MORSY (Thomas Telford School)

Sam joined the Port Vale youth set-up in 2008, having been released from the Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy. Winning on his debut in February 2010, he turned professional at the club in the summer. He established himself in the first team picture in 2010–11, after which he was given a two-year contract. He helped the club to secure promotion out of League Two in 2012–13 before joining Chesterfield in July 2013 where he played for the club in the 2014 final of the Football League Trophy. He also helped them to win the League Two title in 2013–14 before moving on to Wigan in January 2016 from where he was loaned to Barnsley. Sam made his international debut for Egypt (eligible through his father) in August 2016 coming on as a substitute against Guinea.

KYLE BENNETT (Thomas Telford School)

Kyle is the younger brother of Elliott and is an attacking midfielder known for blistering pace and close ball control. He signed for Wolves in September 2007, but later joined League Two Bury in August 2010 and in that month he made his league debut against Port Vale. Kyle scored his first two goals in a 3-1 win against Crewe in February 2011. In July 2011 he moved to Doncaster Rovers during their 2014-15 League One campaign before moving to Portsmouth in May 2015.  He signed a two year contract, becoming Paul Cook's first signing as manager.  On 8th August 2015 Kyle made his Portsmouth debut at home to Dagenham & Redbridge, scoring twice and assisting Gareth Evans


Kyle Bennett


CONNOR GOLDSON (Thomas Telford School)

Connor is a defender who can play at either right back or in the centre of the defence. He attended Thomas Telford School before signing professional forms with Shrewsbury Town in May 2010. Connor made his debut as a substitute in a 5-1 away victory at Lincoln in February 2011. A highlight of his fledgling career up to now must be his solid performance against Arsenal at the Emirates in the Third round of the 2011 Carling Cup. Connor has been a regular for Shrewsbury in their fight against relegation from Division One during the 2013-14 season. In the 2014/2015 season he won promotion into League One as Shrewsbury Town's captain, before earning a move to championship side Brighton and Hove Albion in August 2015.


Connor Goldson

ROSS DRAPER (Thomas Telford School)

Ross attended Thomas Telford School and started his football career as a trainee at Shrewsbury Town. The young midfielder had spells at Stafford Rangers and Hednesford Town before joining Macclesfield Town in July 2009. He made his debut in the 0-0 draw away to Northampton Town the following month and later in August 2009 scored his first league goal in the 2-2 draw against Morecambe. Ross attracted national attention in August 2011 by scoring from the halfway line in a 4-0 victory against Hereford in League Two. Ross is currently playing for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League.


Ross Draper

JAKE JERVIS (Thomas Telford School)

Jake is a striker who started his career at Championship side Birmingham City. He made his debut as a substitute in a 2-1 away victory against Everton in January 2010. In the 2010-11 season Jake went on a monthh`s loan to Hereford United. He scored on his debut in a 2-0 victory against Bradford City. In his next game he converted a penalty in a 2-1 win at Chesterfield. In August 2011 Jake appeared as a a substitute in the second leg of an Europa Lague tie against Nacional Madeira of Portugal which Birmingham won 3-0. He was loaned to Swindon Town a month later and scored 5 goals in 14 appearances for the League Two side. In January 2012 Jake joined Preston North End on a month`s loan and scored on his debut in a 1-1 draw away to Rochdale. He returned to Birmingham having scored twice in five appearances for the League One side. Jake appeared as a late substitute in the FA Cup 5th round tie against Chelsea where Birmingham secured a creditable 1-1 draw. In August 2012 Jake joined Carlisle United on a month`s loan and scored in a 4-2 win against Portsmouth.IN 2012-13 Jake joined Elizagspor in Turkey`s premier league on a three and a half year deal with the chance of playing against teams such as Galatasaray and players of the calibre of Didier Drogba., After a short spell at Portsmouth Jake joined Ross County in the Scottish Premier League before agreeing a one-year contract with League Two club Plymouth Argyle in June 2015 where he linked up again with manager Derek Adams who had signed him for Ross County.  He scored his first goal for the Pilgrims in a 4-1 win over Carlisle United on 18th August 2015.


Jake Jervis

 JACK PRICE (Sundorne School)

Jack attended Sundorne School in Shrewsbury and has been at Wolverhampton Wanderers from a young age. He made his debut in the 2013-14 League One championship winning season and has since flourished in his midfield role. In September 2014 Jack was loaned to League One Yeovil Town in order to gain further first team experience but returned to become a fans favourite and an important member of the Wolves midfield.


Jack Price

DOMINIC SMITH (Belvidere School)

Dominic attended Belvidere School and shone so brightly at a young age that Graham Turner, the then Shrewsbury manager predicted a bright future and signed him on professional forms. Dominic became a regular in the first team squad in 2013-14.  He is an extremely promising right sided defender, equally at home at right back or at centre half.  He made his Shrewsbury Town debut in the 4-2 victory against Colchester United in October of the 2015-16 season.  Prior to this, he had impressed on loan at Tamworth in the Football Conference North.  Dom has represented Wales at both U19 and U21 level.


Dominic Smith


CALLUM BURTON (Adams Grammar School0

Callum has represented  England at Under 16, 17 and 18 level.  He is a goalkeeper who signed for local club Shrewsbury Town in the summer of 2013. Loan spells with Market Drayton, Workington, Nuneaton and Southport have played an important part in his development and he is a member of Shrewsbury Town`s first team squad.


Callum Burton

TYLER LYTTLE (Thomas Telford School)

A former Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy prospect, Tyler attended the sixth form at Thomas Telford. After a very successful first twelve months playing for Shropshire and representing the English Schools’ FA U18s, he joined Bristol Rovers in 2014. After receiving the Youth Team Player of the Year award, he signed his first professional deal on 19 June 2015. On 29th August 2015 he made his professional debut away at Leyton Orient.

Tyler has enjoyed loan spells with Nuneaton Town and Truro City 

BEN O'HANLON (Thomas Telford School)

Ben attended Wrockwardine Wood School before joining Thomas Telford School. He is a promising left back and was a regular in the Wolves under 21s in the 2014-15 season. Ben has represented England at under-16, under-17 and Under-18 levels. and signed his first professional deal in February 2014. Ben has enjoyed loan spells with Corby Town and AFC Telford Utd in the Vanarama National North division.

HARRY LEWIS (Meole Brace)

Harry has represented England at Under 16 and U18 level and is another promising goalkeeper from both Meole Brace School and Shrewsbury Town FC.  He signed professional forms for his home town club in the summer of 2014 following another excellent season captaining SSCFA.  In August 2015, he made the switch to Premier League club Southampton on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.  Harry has established himself as The Saints U23 goalkeeper and has become a regular substitute the first team. He made his debut, aged 19, in the FA Cup game away to Norwich City FC on January 7th 2017. The game finished 2v2 and Harry was again selected for the replay in which he kept a clean sheet before making his third appearance in the cup against Arsenal. 


Harry Lewis

SHAUN ROWLEY (Thomas Telford School)

Having studied at Thomas Telford School, Shaun progressed through the junior ranks at Shrewsbury Town having been with the club since under 9 level. He signed his first professional contract with the club in the summer of 2015. Shaun was on loan with Halesowen Town and is currently with Chorley Town.

KAIMAN ANDERSON (Thomas Telford School)

Having studied at Thomas Telford School, Kaiman progressed through the ranks at Shrewsbury Town. He has been sent out on loan twice already during the 2015-16 season with loan spells at AFC Telford United and Halesowen Town aiding his development.

SAM OTTLEY (Thomas Telford School)

Sam began his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, before signing a scholarship for Walsall when he followed his coach Mick Halsall from Molineux. During his time at Walsall. Sam regularly played for their youth, under 21 and reserve sides before, still aged only 16, he signed for then Conference Premier club Telford United where he made four appearances towards the end of the 2014/2015 season. Sam signed for Barnsley on 1st October 2015 from whom he has been loaned to Alfreton Town.

NIALL ENNIS (Thomas Telford School)

In November 2015 Niall, another prospect from the Thomas Telford production line, agreed a three year deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers that will come into effect when he turns 17. Niall is already an England under 17 international and has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.

Harry Burgoyne (Ludlow School)

Harry was born in Ludlow and attended Ludlow School, joining Wolverhampton Wanderers as a goalkeeper at an early age. He has progressed through their U18, U21 and U23 age groups and has enjoyed loan spells with Lowestoft FC, Corby Town FC and AFC Telford United FC. These proved to be the springboard to Harry’s first team career enabling him to make his league debut in the Championship game at home to Fulham FC in December 2016. Harry has played a handful of EFL Trophy and league games to date and promises to be yet another goalkeeping prospect from Shropshire. 

 

 

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