buxton fc academy squad

2019-20 season

charlie smith

Age: 17

Height: 5’8

Weight: 60kg

Nationality: British

Position: Right Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Charlie started playing football when he was 5 years old, playing with his local team Manor FC. He played there for 5 years then moved to Tibshelf FC where he spent 8 years, winning leagues and cups most seasons he was there and captaining the final two seasons, which saw them win the league and cup double both years. During this time he also played for Brampton Rovers and, after finishing Year 11, he moved to Matlock Academy where he remained for a year before moving to Buxton Academy for the 2019-20 season.

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.

João Paulo De Oliveira Dos Santos

Age: 17

Height: 5'7

Weight: 72kg

Nationality: Portuguese

Position: Striker

Experience and Previous Clubs: Santos has previously played for Carenque FC, Mossley FC, Reddish Vulcans and Denton Youth between 2009 and 2018 and now brings great footwork, pace and speed to the Buxton Academy squad.

ole partington

Age: 16

Height: 5'7

Weight: 67kg

Nationality: British

Position: Centre Attacking Midfielder

Experience and Previous Clubs: Ole played for Rochdale from the age of 9 to 15 and was at Morecambe for a short period of time, averaging about 15 goals a season. He has previously played the positions of Left Back, Centre-Mid, Striker and Left Wing before joining Buxton FC Academy as Centre Attacking Midfielder this season.
 

jacob buck

Age: 17

Height: 5'2

Weight: 63kg

Nationality: British

Position: Wingback

Experience and Previous Clubs: ‘Buck’ started playing football when he was 9 years old, playing for his local side South Normanton Colts FC. He played there for 2 years before moving to Leabrooks Tigers where he played for 3 years, winning successive titles and cups. Following this he moved to Pinxton FC where he played U18s football and trained with the First Team. After year 11, he moved to Matlock Town Academy where he applied his trade for a year before moving to Buxton Academy for the 2019-2020 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.)

raul nastase

Age: 17

Height: 6'0

Weight: 75kg

Nationality: Romanian

Position: Centre Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Raul started playing football when he was 7 in Romania for Junior Galati FC, one of the best teams at Academy level there, where he played as Captain every year until he was 12. He moved to England where he started to play for Chesterfield Town FC, winning numerous competitions and cups at Saturday and Sunday League level. After finishing year 11, he moved to Matlock Academy where he played for a year before joining Buxton FC Academy.

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. 

alfie sutton

Age: 16

Height: 5'7

Weight: 60kg

Nationality: British

Position: Centre Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Alfie started playing football at the age of 8 for a local sport team called PAS (Peak Active Sport) as well as for both his primary and secondary school football team. He trained with Stockport County where he was known as “Goalz” Alfie and also plays for a 6-a-side team in Buxton which is supported by Leisure Leagues, as well as being part of the Buxton FC Academy Squad.

louie davies

Age: 17

Height: 5'10

Weight: 68kg

Nationality: British

Position: Centre Midfield

Experience and Previous Clubs: Louie started playing football when he was 7 and was scouted in his first season for Sheffield Wednesday, where he then spent 8 years  whilst also having spells at Sheffield United. He then decided to have a six month break from playing football before rediscovering his love of the game playing for his local side Bakewell for a year then joining Matlock Town Academy and playing for their reserves. He has now joined Buxton FC Academy and also signed for the First Team in September for the 2019/20 season.

spencer candlin

Age: 17

Height: 5'11

Weight: 65kg

Nationality: British

Position: Striker

Experience and Previous Clubs: 'Spenna' started playing football when he was 8, for local side Welbeck Tigers after seeing them train in a park near his home. After a short spell there he joined Drezden Colts FC as a very successful Left Back, going on to win numerous titles with the team and growing into a physical, hungry player which led to him being scouted by Derby County. Deciding that Left Back wasn't for him as he wanted to score goals he moved on to Ashfield FC where he scored every week and sparked interest from Teversal FC. After his second season there Spencer was on the move again, joining Tibshelf FC and subsequently Matlock Academy. His move to Buxton FC Academy has seen his confidence increase even further.

connor mcmillan

Age: 17

Height: 6'1

Weight: 73kg

Nationality: British

Position: Centre Midfielder

Experience and Previous Clubs: Connor started playing football when he was 5, playing locally on a Saturday with a soccer camp for a year, before moving to Chesterfield Junior Blues at the age of 6. Whilst there he also had spells at Sheffield United Academy, following on from which he signed for Chesterfield Academy at the age of 6 and spent 8 years with them. He then played with local teams, Brampton Rovers and Teversal before a move to Matlock Academy where he remained for a year before moving to Buxton Academy for the 2019-20 season.

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!

thomas egan

Age: 17

Height: 5'10

Weight: 60kg

Nationality: British

Position: Centre Back

Experience and Previous Clubs: Thomas has been playing football from a very young age, starting off at primary school, playing on the school team, later on also playing for Broadheath Central from age 10-13, getting through to the cup finals. He trained at Manchester United training club in Carrington, then moved to Egerton football club from age 13 until 16, also reaching the cup finals and winning. Thomas is currently at Buxton Football Academy, after being scouted at UK football trials to join.
 

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

Jack Kearney

Age: 16

Height: 5'8

Weight: 63kg

Nationality: British

Position: Right Winger

Experience and Previous Clubs:Jack started playing football at the age of 9 for his primary school, and moved onto his secondary school team competing in friendlies between other schools. He also trained for 3 years with the Stockport County Community Trust Foundation, and went on to have a trial for Stockport County Academy but narrowly missed out on a place. Jack is now a part of the Buxton FC Academy and also plays in a 6-a-side league every week.

Christopher Sollis

Age: 17

Height: 6'1

Weight: 68kg

Nationality: British

Position: Goal Keeper

Experience and Previous Clubs: Chris started playing football when he was 9 years old for Coventry Sporting in the D league of Coventry. He captained in his last game and scored 2 goals while playing in defence. When he moved to Buxton, he played for his school team before joining here. He has also played a couple of games for Buxton and Leek college.