buxton fc academy squad

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Joshua Byrnes

Age: 15

Height: 5'5

Weight: 67kg

Nationality: Australian

Position: Goalkeeper

Experience and Previous Clubs: Joshua is a 15 year old goalkeeper who hails from Point Clare in Australia. Josh joined us in 2019 after departing from Charlestown City Blues in Australia. Josh has played English football with Accrington Stanley before joining Buxton this season.

rupert green

Age: 16

Height: 5'4

Weight: 58kg

Nationality: British

Position: Right Back/Right Wing Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Rupert is a right back, originally from St Ann's Nottingham, who joined the Academy shortly after moving to Derbyshire. A recent convert to football from athletics having only played two seasons at Bakewell U15/U16s and Rowsley, prior to joining Buxton FC Academy.

tom ibbeson

Age: 16

Height: 6ft

Weight: 80kg

Nationality: British

Position: Central Midfielder

Experience and Previous Clubs: This young Centre Mid played at Leeds United Development Squad from the age of 5-11, then moved to Rotherham Academy where he was offered a 2 year contract from age 12-14. He now plays for the Bucks Academy and Tideswell FC (Captain).

matty o'keefe

Age: 16

Height: 5'9

Weight: 73kg

Nationality: British

Position: Left Back/Wing Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Matty has previously played for Flint Academy U13-16s during which time he reached the North Wales Academy Cup and North Wales Super 6 Final, as well as being league winners and NEWFA cup finalist with Flint Town Joiners U13-16s. He has also represented Wirral Schoolboys, earning a cap for playing U16s.

will palmer

Age: 16

Height: 5'10

Weight: 70kg

Nationality: British

Position: Goalkeeper

Experience and Previous Clubs: Palmer has 8 years experience as a GK, playing football in the Derby City Youth League since childhood for clubs such as Stockbrook, Alvaston and Normanton. He was then at Chesterfield FC Development Squad for a year and played in the 2019 Tupton Hall School squad that became one of the best footballing teams in Derbyshire and the BEST Futsal side in the county. Towards the end of his schoolboy days Will played at Matlock Town Academy before moving to Buxton Academy for the 2019/20 season.

cam wallace

Age: 16

Height: 5'7

Weight: 55kg

Nationality: British

Position: Left/Right Winger

Experience and Previous Clubs: Cam is from Buxton and started playing football properly at the age of 10 for Buxton U11s, after training with them for a year, shortly after which he had multiple trials with Derby County. With Buxton U15s and U16s he won the Rowsley League Cup both seasons and after his season with the Under 16s he joined Buxton Academy for the 2019/2020 season, as well as continuing to play for Buxton U18s.

billy slattery

Age: 16

Height: 6'1

Weight: 77kg

Nationality: British

Position: Left Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Billy has played his entire footballing career at his local team Tideswell United FC, starting from the Under 8s all the way up to Under 18's, winning leagues and cups in nearly every year group in both the Derwent Valley and the North Derbyshire League respectively. Having passed through the Buxton FC trials, Billy is now part of the Academy squad.

lilyan-estephe samba

Age: 16

Height: 6'1

Weight: 86kg

Nationality: French

Position: Centre Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Samba has started his career in a Sunday League club in France, his former country. A couple of years later, having moved to England, he joined a Sunday League team called Wilmslow Town where he played for 2 years. He has also had the experience of playing a game with Macclesfield Town as an U16 and the opportunity to have a 2 day trial with Aston Villa, also as an U16.

dan howarth

Age: 16

Height: 6'3

Weight: 77kg

Nationality: British

Position: Centre Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Dan has played for Buxton U16 as a right back and has also done training with Stockport County Community Trust Foundation where he played as a Striker before joining Buxton Football Academy for the 19/20 Season as a Centre Back.

kyle campbell

Age: 16

Height: 6'1

Weight: 75kg

Nationality: British

Position: Right Wing/Striker

Experience and Previous Clubs: Kyle played at Manchester City when he was younger, progressing on to Bury Birmingham, Shrewsbury and then Macclesfield Town before a move to Buxton FC Academy Squad. Football runs in Kyle's family with father Kevin Campbell (former Everton, West Brom, Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City and Trabzonspor Striker) and brother Tyrese Campbell (who plays for Stoke City First Team.)

hayden Brownsword

Age: 16

Height: 5'4

Weight: 54kg

Nationality: British

Position: Right Midfield/Centre Midfield

Experience and Previous Clubs: Hayden started playing football at the age of 4. His first team was Marple Bridge FC where he played Centre Back and at the age of 12. He had trials for Manchester City where he played for a 10 week stretch. He plays for his local Sunday League team Whaley Bridge where he is Centre Midfield and has also had offers from Macclesfield and Stockport Football College, but decided to join Buxton FC Academy.

wiktor kala

Age: 16

Height: 5'8

Weight: 70kg

Nationality: Polish

Position: Right Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Wiktor first got involved with football when he was 7 playing school friendlies, until the age of 15 when he joined a Sunday League team and Buxton U16s, playing with them for the whole season. Now an Academy squad member he also plays for Buxton U18s, and trains with Stockport county and  plays for a six a side team. 

John ojewumi

Age: 16

Height: 5'10

Weight: 71kg

Nationality: Irish

Position: Winger/Striker

Experience and Previous Clubs: John started playing football when he was 10 years old for his local club Ashwood in Dublin, joining Boot Road Celtic after two years. When John was 13 he joined Liffey Valley Rangers where he scored a hat-trick every week! He also went to the Kennedy Cup tournament where he scored two goals and generated interest from a number of clubs, including Preston, Derby and Tottenham, securing a trial at the latter. He went on to sign for UCD in the SSE Airtricity league for two years before moving to England in July 2018. He trialed at Charlton but missed out on a scholarship however their loss was Buxton’s gain as he has now taken up a place on our Academy squad!

Zak Pladas

Age: 17

Height: 5'10

Weight: 87kg

Nationality: Australian

Position: Central Midfield 

Experience and Previous Clubs: Zak played in the NPL in Sydney, Australia with teams such as Sydney Olympic and Spirit Fc until he was 15,until recently moving to Manchester where he played for the under 16s at Curzon Ashton, where he won the league and cup title with his team. Now he is apart of the Buxton FC academy

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