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 75 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. In the Summer of 2017, Joe joined fellow Premier League side West Ham United on a season long loan. In the summer of 2018 following the conclusion of his loan spell Joe joined Burnley for a fee in the region of £3.5m. At the end of the 2019/20 season, Joe left Burnley after making 19 appearances in all competitions, after Burnley decided against extending his contract. In the Summer of 2020, Joe joined fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer. On 3rd August 2021, Joe joined Scottish Premier League side Celtic on a three year deal. He made his Celtic debut two days after signing in a 4-2 win away at Czech side FK Jablonec in the Europa League.
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. After spending a two year spell at the club, Danny left in the summer of 2017 and joined Indonesian Liga 1 side Mitra Kukar. After making 30 appearances for the club, Danny joined League 2 side Walsall in July 2019. After making 39 appearances for the club where he scored 1 goal, Danny left Walsall and signed for Icelandic side Fram.
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 four year deal with fellow Premiership side Sunderland under the management of Gus Poyet. Following his release from Sunderland after the 2017-18 where the side were relegated to League One, he joined newly promoted Championship side Rotherham United on a two year contract for a free transfer. In July 2020, Billy signed a new one year deal at the Championship club. On 21st January 2021, Billy re-joined Crewe Alexandra on loan until the end of the season, where he has since featured three times. After making 36 appearances for Rotherham, Billy was released at the end of the 2020/21 season. He is currently a free agent.
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. Davies spent five months at Scunthorpe before re-joining fellow League One side Oldham Athletic for his second spell. Following the 2017-18 season where he scored 11 times in 40 games he moved to Mansfield Town in the summer of 2018 for an undisclosed fee and signed a two year contract. In the summer of 2020 after making 19 appearances and scoring 2 goals over the two years he spent at the club, Craig was released from Mansfield Town. He is currently a free agent.
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 spent two years at the South Yorkshire outfit where he won promotion to the Championship before having his contract mutually terminated at the end of that season. In July 2017, Matt returned to Rochdale for his third spell at the club where he signed a two year deal. In June 2019, Matt signed a new two year deal at the club. In June 2021, Matt signed a new one year deal at the club.
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 Premier League side Aberdeen before joining Wycombe Wanderers in July 2016. A loan spell at Eastleigh followed before a loan move back to Cheltenham Town in the January 2017 transfer window. After his loan spell at Cheltenham Town, Scott moved to Port Vale in May 2018 where he signed a two year contract. After making 129 appearances for Port Vale, Scott was released at the end of the 2020/21 season. On 9th June 2021, Scott signed for fellow League 2 side Exeter City on a two year deal as a player-coach.
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 Elliott joined Blackburn Rovers on a two and a half year deal. After impressing in his first two years at the club Elliott signed a new two and a half year deal in November 2018. After making 178 appearances for Blackburn, where he scored 8 times, Elliott left Blackburn Rovers to join League One side Shrewsbury Town on a one year deal. Elliott made his debut in the first league game of the season, a 1-0 loss at home to Burton Albion.
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. Sam has featured three times for his country and was a part of the team that has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He was a substitute in the 2-1 win over Congo that secured their place at the World Cup. In June 2018, Sam was named in Egypt’s World Cup squad and made his World Cup debut in the opening group game coming on as a substitute. On his return to Wigan Athletic at the end of his loan spell at Barnsley he was announced as the new club captain for the 2017/18 season. In December 2018, Sam signed a new two and a half year deal at the club. At the end of the 2019/20 season, Sam was voted as Wigan’s player of the season by fans after receiving 42% of the votes. In the Summer of 2020, Sam moved to Middlesbrough on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee. Four days later, he made his Middlesbrough debut in the EFL Cup in a 2-0 home defeat to Barnsley. After spending a year at Middlesbrough, where he played 31 times, Sam made the move to League One side Ipswich Town in August 2021, where he signed a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.
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 made his first appearance against Ipswich in 2015 where he came on as a substitute. He then scored his first goal for the club on the 4th April when he scored an equaliser in a 2-1 comeback victory over Birmingham City. Connor was an influential figure in the Brighton side that won promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 season. Connor then went on to make his Premier League debut when he played 90 minutes against Watford in December 2017. In June 2018, Connor moved to Rangers on a four year contract for a fee in the region of £3m and made his competitive debut on July 12th in a 2-0 home win against Fk Shkupi in the qualifying round of the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League. Since signing for the club, Connor has been an ever present fixture in the Rangers starting line-up.
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. Draper went on to play 170 games, scoring 14 times over a six year spell at the Scottish Club. Then in August 2017, Ross went on to move to another Scottish team as he signed for Ross County. After making 84 appearances in which he scored 3 goals, Ross was released by Ross County at the end of the 2020/21 season. In the summer of 2021, Ross signed for Scottish League One side Cove Rangers. Ross made his debut in he first fixture of the season, a 1-1 draw at home to Falkirk. In September 2021, Ross joined Scottish League Two side Elgin City on loan where he has since made 5 appearances.
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 was a part of the Plymouth team that won promotion to the League One as he played 49 times, scoring 13 goals in the process. Then on the 31st January 2018, Jake made the switch to promotion chasing League Two side Luton Two for an undisclosed fee, where he has signed a two and a half year deal. Then in August 2018 it was announced that Jake was joining fellow League One rivals AFC Wimbledon on a season long loan. After his loan spell came to an end back to parent club Luton Town. In September 2019, it was announced that Jake was joining newly promoted League 2 side Salford City on a season long loan. In his loan spell at Salford City, Jake made 20 appearances and scored 4 goals for the club. Following his loan spell he went back to parent club Luton Town. He then left Luton Town on 19th August 2020 on a free transfer to Finnish side SJK until the end of the season. At the end of the season, Jake extended his contract with the Finnish Club until the end of the 2022 season. Currently Jake has made 35 appearances for the club where he has scored 11 times.
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 spent seven years at the West Midlands club before leaving for America in January 2018 where he signed for MLS side Colorado Rapids. In his first season for the MLS side he made 31 appearances, scoring 1 goal. Jack has remained an ever present fixture in the Colorado Rapids team. At the end of the 2019/20 season when Tim Howard retired, Jack was given the captiancy at the club. In March 2020, Jack signed a new deal until 2022 with the option of a further year.
CALLUM BURTON (Adams Grammar School)
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 spent the second half of the 2016/17 season on loan at AFC Telford United. In July 2017, Callum was sold to Championship side Hull City for an undisclosed fee and signed a one year deal. In November 2017 he signed on a one month loan deal at Conference North side Salford City. On 24th August 2018, Callum joined Conference side Chesterfield on loan until 16th January and made his debut the following day in a 1-0 home defeat to Barnet. Following his loan spell at the club, Callum received his first matchday call-up on 10th March 2018 where he was an unused sub in the 4-3 home win against Norwich City. Later that month he signed a new one year deal. At the end of the 2018-19 season, he was released by Hull City. Then on 28th June it was announced that Callum had moved to League 2 side Cambridge United on a two year deal. Since joining the club Callum has made 10 appearances for the club. On May 17th 2021, Callum was released by Cambridge after making 35 appearances and helping them achieve promotion to League One. Callum signed for fellow League One side Plymouth Argyle in June 2021. Callum made his Plymouth debut in the League Cup 1st round tie away at Swansea City, in which they were defeated 4-1.
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. In July 2017, Harry signed a new three year with Southampton before joining Scottish Championship side Dundee United on a season long loan. He made his debut later that month in a 3-0 victory in the Betfred Cup against Buckie Thistle. Since then Harry has gone on to be ever present in the Dundee squad and has become a firm fans favourite at the club.
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. In the summer of 2017, Niall joined Shrewsbury Town on a season long loan and made his debut in an away League Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest. Then in September he suffered a long term injury so his loan was terminated and returned to his parent club. On 5th February 2019, Niall made his first team debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers as a second half substitute in the FA Cup fourth round replay against Shrewsbury Town. On 2nd August 2019, Ennis signed a new contract at Wolves that would run until 2022. He was then loaned out to League 1 side Doncaster Rovers. Niall scored his first senior goal on the 24th August in a 2-1 home win over Lincoln City. Following his loan spell where he made 28 appearances and scored 6 goals, Niall returned to parent club Wolves. On 18th January 2021, Niall moved to League one side Plymouth Argyle for an undisclosed fee and signed a two and a half year deal. He scored on his home, league debut in a 2-2 draw against Accrington Stanley.
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. Harry then featured for Wolves in a FA Cup success at Anfield in 2017. Then on 25th February 2017 he joined Barnet on a seven day emergency loan and made his debut later on that day in a 1-0 defeat to Cambridge United. In June 2018, Harry joined League One side Plymouth Argyle on a season long loan. In December 2018 his loan was terminated by mutual consent. Then in January 2019, he joined Scottish Championship side Falkirk on loan until the end of the season. After playing 15 times for the Scottish club he returned to parent club Wolves. In January 2020, after spending 12 years at the club, Harry departed to Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer. Harry has since made 13 appearances for the club.
AUSTIN SAMUELS (THOMAS TELFORD SCHOOL)
Austin is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. He has been with Wolves since he was 8 years old. He has been capped for England at U16 level making 4 appearances and scoring 2 goals. On 10th October 2020, Austin joined League Two side Bradford City on a season long loan. After making 12 appearances, Austin returned to Wolves. In August 2021, Austin made a season long loan move, which includes an option to buy, to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen. Austin made his Aberdeen debut in a 1-1 draw at home to Ross County on the 29th August 2021. Austin went on to make 7 appearances before having his loan cut short in January 2022. On 30th January 2022, Austin left Wolves permanently to join Scottish championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he signed an 18 month contract.
CALLUM JONES (NORTH SHROPSHIRE COLLEGE)
Callum was studying at North Shropshire College as part of the TNS Youth Academy set-up before joining Bury’s Youth Academy. Following his departure in 2019 Hull City came calling in the October 2019. Callum signed his first professional contract at the club on 17th October 2019. He made his professional debut for Hull City in a 2-0 away win against Gillingham on September 12th 2020. Callum has also been capped once for Wales U18’s. In June 2021, Callum joined newly promoted League One side Morecambe on a season long loan. Callum made his Morecambe debut in the 2-1 League Cup win away at Blackburn Rovers. Callum made 11 appearances for Morecambe scoring 1 goal in his time there before parent club, Hull City, recalled him on the 18th January 2022.
DYLAN WILLIAMS (Thomas Telford School)
Dylan is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. He came through the ranks at Wolves before moving on to Championship side Derby County. Dylan made his Championship debut as a second half substitute in a 2-0 defeat away at Birmingham City on August 10th 2021. Dylan went on to make 6 appearances in Wayne Rooney’s side before he made a move to Premier League side Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.
TAYLOR GARDNER-HICKMAN (Thomas Telford School)
Taylor is another prospect that has come off the Thomas Telford production line. Taylor has progressed through the ranks at West Bromwich Albion, a club he joined when he was 7 years old. He made his professional debut for the club on 25th August 2021 when he started in the 6-0 EFL Cup Second Round defeat to Arsenal. Since then Taylor has gone on to make 5 appearances for West Bromwich Albion. He made his Championship debut on 3rd November 2021 starting at Right Wing-Back in a 1-0 win over Hull City