Millwall Football Club’s historic and successful partnership with its academy has gone from strength to strength throughout the 2021/22 season – and during EFL Youth Development Week, millwallfc.co.uk take a look A look at a number of young stars who rose to acclaim to first-team status in SE16.
From 7-11 February 2022, the EFL will highlight the particular successes of players who have come through EFL Academy pathways or had their first opportunities in EFL competitions, championing the youth development work achieved through the EFL network and demonstrating the importance of the EFL to the football pyramid.
In the current campaign, whether through first-team opportunities or loan spells, Millwall’s younger age groups have excelled.
Alongside Billy Mitchell and Danny McNamara – the Academy products who are now mainstays in Gary Rowett’s starting XI – Tyler Burey has seen more first-team action after a successful stint at Hartlepool United, with Alex Mitchell , Nana Boateng and Zak Lovelace also made their debuts.
Mitchell is currently enjoying time with former Lions boss Kenny Jackett at Leyton Orient, while Boateng suffered a sold-out Den on his debut in an FA Cup third round tie against local rivals Crystal Palace. Lovelace, meanwhile, became the club’s second-youngest player in their history – at 15 years and 340 days – when he replaced Tom Bradshaw late in Millwall’s 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Coventry City on December 29, 2021.
Outside of the first team, names such as Dan Moss, Isaac Olaofe and Arthur Penney all stand out in their loan spells at The O’s, Sutton United and Welling United respectively, with Kevin Nugent’s Under 23s and Larry McAvoy and Chris Perry’s Under 23s. The 18-year-olds regularly participate in the Professional Development League.
As well as the current crop, Millwall Football Club also has a rich history when it comes to Academy products making the pitch – from the likes of Alan Dunne, Paul Robinson, Ben Thompson, Tony Craig, Paul Ifill and Tim Cahill, among others, have proven to be key cogs in the successes of the Lions.
Take a look at our Youth Development Week gallery above.