Football League Youth Alliance
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Wanderers Youth Team
3rd Year Scholars 2003/2004
Billy Harding (Forward) - 3rd Year Scholar 2003-2004
Born 20 January 1985 - Carshalton
Came to Wycombe after being spotted playing for Fulham during the 2000/1 season. A tall forward who scored for both the Under 17 and 19 sides during 2001/2. Missed much of the 2002/3 season through injury but returned to make his debut for the Reserves later in the season and will looking for First Team chances in 2003/4. He's the son of former professional footballer Paul Harding.
Stuart Hole (Defender) - 3rd Year Scholar 2003-2004
Born 17 July 1985 - Oxford
Joined Wycombe CofE under 13 squad in 1997 having been spotted playing for his district side (Mid Oxon). Originally played up front but converted to defence in 2001/2 where he Captained the FA Youth Cup side and also gained experience for The Reserves. Won the 1st Year Scholar of the Season Award for 2001/2 and was Scholar of the Year in 2002/3 after more impressive showings.
John-Paul Kelly (Midfield) - 3rd Year Scholar 2003-2004
Born 26 July 1985 - Scotland
'JP' returned to Wycombe at the tail end of the 2000/1 season after a spell in his native Scotland. Originally at the Wycombe CofE aged 11 but went to Scotland two years later where he played for Dunfermline and then Hearts. Chose Wanderers over Hearts because he thought he'd have more chance of breaking into First Team football. Has played for Scotland at Under 16 level. Gained valuable work experience when he was loaned out out to Rushden and Diamonds during 2002/3.
Mark Philo (Midfield) - 3rd Year Scholar 2003-2004
Born 5 Oct 1984
Joined Wycombe aged 15 and impressed during the 2000/1 season playing for the Under 17's. Has played for Berkshire at County level and has also been on the books of both West Ham and Crystal Palace. A very skilful midfielder who can also strike the ball very well. Gained experience with the Under 19's during 2001/2 and also progressed to Reserve team football in 2002/3.
Matty Warner (Midfield) - 3rd Year Scholar 2003-2004
Born 12 May 1985 - Frimley Heath
Left sided player who joined Wycombe aged 12 after scout Derrick Jones spotted him playing in a 5-a-side tournament in Farnham, Surrey. Progressed through the COE system and awarded a scholarship from the start of the 2001/2 season. A regular goalscorer who has already gained experience playing for Wanderers' Reserve side and is tipped for First Team chances in 2003/4.
Jamie McClurg (Midfield) - 3rd Year Scholar 2003-2004
Born 10 Oct 1985
Joined Wycombe during the 2002/3 season after being spotted playing for Finchamstead. Went on to make 18 appearances for the Under 19 side and impressed enough during the season to be offered a First Year Pro contract for the 2003/4 campaign.
Tom Gott (Goalkeeper) - 3rd Year Scholar 2003-2004
Born 5 Sep 1984 - Harrow
Been with Wycombe since he was 13 after turning up to a training session with a friend. Went on to win the CofE Player of the Season award for 1999/2000. Has played for the Under 19's during 2001/2 season after 3rd year 'keeper Steve Williams was loaned out to Beaconsfield SYCOB. At 6'2" is a commanding 'keeper for his age and has massive First Team potential.
Return to Youth Team and Centre of Excellence Index 2003-2004
Previous Seasons with the Youth Team
1994/95 1995/96 1996/97 1997/98 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03

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