quote linkedin dugout

Academy News

Video 1 Gallery

All about...Ed Francis

TRAINING HARD: Francis (far right) has been part of an excellent start to City's season

TRAINING HARD: Francis (far right) has been part of an excellent start to City's season

Ed Francis is the latest to sit down with us to tell us more about what makes City's U18s players tick.

Francis has starred in City's excellent start to the season, featuring in a range of defensive and midfield positions.

City are unbeaten in the U18 Premier League and comprehensive victories over Liverpool and Manchester United have caught the eye.

Francis and his teammates next play on the 15 October at the Academy Stadium against Derby County. Visit the ticket office for information on how you can support our future.

Meanwhile, find out what makes Ed tick...

Where are you from and what is it like?

I’m from Poynton. A little village just the other side of Stockport. It’s a nice village with pretty little village centre and a few shops and it’s where I still live. It’s very different to what I imagine it would be like to live in the city centre.

Earliest footballing memory?

I’ve been at City since the under-6s, which is the first age group. I remember training at Platt Lane and being one of the many kids that was running around after the ball and celebrating like mad when I scored.

I’ve seen Pablo Zabaleta quite a lot during my time coming through the ranks. He’s been doing his coaching badges and when we were about 12 or 13 he was coming to take quite a lot of sessions with us. It made it feel real and that you could believe in a future at the club.

View original post

What did you do when you weren’t playing football?

I don’t have many memories that aren’t about football to be honest. I played some cricket but it was just to fill some time until the football got more serious. There wasn’t a lot in Poynton to lead me to develop any strange hobbies!

Favourite film?

Saving Private Ryan.

Favourite type of music?

Beyonce and Drake.

Favourite thing about life in Manchester?

I’m always shopping.

Academy News

City U17s shine as England dominate Croatia Cup

POVEDA: Just one of City's England stars throughout the Croatia Cup

England U17s completed their domination of the Croatia Cup with an 8-1 victory over Germany – with lots of help from City stars.

Curtis Anderson, Joel Latibeaudiere, Phil Foden, Ian Carlo Poveda and Jadon Sancho all played crucial roles as the Young Lions beat Croatia, Greece and their German rivals to seal the trophy.

Match Report

Sunderland 0-4 City U18s

CARSLEY: City's 18s boss in charge of training

Read how Lee Carsley's side fared in the U18s Premier League match at the Academy of Light...

City faced Sunderland at the Academy of Light looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the U18 Premier League season.

Match Report

Bolton and Foden see U18s past United

GET TOGETHER: Lee Carsley's team come together after the first half goal

Read how Lee Carsley's side fared in the Manchester derby at the Academy Stadium...

Goals from Luke Bolton and Phil Foden see Manchester City past Manchester United at the Academy Stadium in the U18 Premier League.