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Sons of Dozzell and Wright Amongst New Scholars
Tuesday, 12th May 2015 18:39

The sons of ex-Town players Richard Wright and Jason Dozzell will be following in their fathers’ footsteps when they join 10 other new scholars to kick off their own Portman Road careers in July.

Like his famous father, 16-year-old Harry Wright is a goalkeeper, while Andre Dozzell is also a central midfielder, like dad Jason, who still retains a place in the record books as the English top flight’s youngest-ever goalscorer courtesy of his goal against Coventry in February 1984 when he was precisely 16 years and 57 days old and still attending the town’s Chantry High School.

Jason, who later joined Tottenham and had a loan spell at Portman Road before spells at Northampton and Colchester, is a part-time coach at the Town academy, has gone on record with the view that Andre can become an even better player and the youngster has already represented his country at U16 level.

Andre, who turned 16 earlier this month, put pen to paper on a one-year professional contract to follow his two-year scholarship.

Harry, whose dad left Ipswich to join Arsenal and then went on to play for Everton and West Ham before returning to Ipswich, turned down offers from a host of clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland, in favour of joining Town more than 20 years after his father did the same.

Jason made 340 league appearances for the club, scoring a total of 53 goals, while Richard’s Town league career spanned 362 first team appearances.

The dozen new scholars also features another well-known name, that of midfielder Daniel Muamba, the younger brother of former Bolton man Fabrice Muamba.

Also amongst the other nine set to begin two-year scholarships is Nicholas Hayes, another keeper who recently attended to an England goalkeepers camp at St George's Park and has been invited back to the next similar event.

Striker Callum Fullwood joined the Town youth set-up from Cambridge City, while central defender or right-back Kieron Cathline was previously with Watford and Stevenage.

Another centre-half, Luke Woolfenden, has been a regular in the U18s this season, while Kolade Salaudeen, also a centre-half, was previously with Thamesmead Town and impressed during a trial at Playford Road.

Flynn Downes and Scotland-born Ross Meldrum are midfielders, striker Ben Morris has already found the net at U18 level, while Northern Irish U17 international winger or frontman Conor McKendry was previously with Glenavon.

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allezlesbleus added 18:49 - May 12
Is Luke Woolfenden any relation to the speedway rider, Tai?

nhabo added 18:51 - May 12
This is what Ipswich Town has always been about. Good luck to all the new scholars.

martleshamitfc added 18:57 - May 12
Alleslesbleus - i doubt it as his name is Tai Woofinden!

WhoisJimmyJuan added 20:18 - May 12
Forgive my ignorance here. To clarify these are graduates from our academy and triallists from other club academies? And this is their first professional year so a couple of years behind say Kyle Hammond and co? Curious as to the structure really.

im_marcacus added 20:45 - May 12
Harry Wright Wright Wright!

TennesseeBlue added 21:13 - May 12
Welcome aboard lads, now lets go and make history

PhilTWTD added 21:20 - May 12

They're 16-year-olds, previously schoolboys with the academy or picked up from elsewhere. They're two years away from being first-year pros (Kyle is a first-year pro this year), although Andre already has a pro deal waiting for him at the end of his scholarship.

harlingblue added 02:04 - May 13
The Academy is starting to flow again...thank you again MM and TC for getting Brian Klug back to mastermind our future.

ThatMuhrenCross added 09:15 - May 13
Sounds like there is some real pedigree coming through. Here's to Dozelll bossing the Ipswich midfield for years to come, and Wright making wonder saves!

ThatMuhrenCross added 09:16 - May 13
Also, does this mean these will now be eligible for call-ups to the first team next season?

Monkey_Blue added 10:35 - May 13

Not to take any credit away from TC and MM who deserve all they get, it was a Marcus Evans call rather than MM to get Klug back. Klug was only sacked because Keane insisted and at the time ME rightly as a chairman/owner was backing his managers judgement(we all make huge mistakes in life..but at least ME corrected his)

PhilTWTD added 10:35 - May 13

Think they can actually be called up as schoolboys, seem to recall Byron Lawrence being on the bench at 15. But yes, they're at the stage that Kundai Benyu was this year, for example.

Monkey_Blue added 10:36 - May 13
Sorry should have been aimed at harlingblue

WhoisJimmyJuan added 12:20 - May 13
Cheers Phil. :)

MedwayTractor added 12:33 - May 13
For all you statisticians and anoraks, I think you'll find that JD's first team goal total for the club was 73 in all competitions (wikipedia gets it wrong again), making him the 10th highest goalscorer in the club's history.

On a similar note, Daryl Murphy is on 57 now, so stands every chance of overtaking Jason next season, perhaps even Alan Brazil, who scored 80.

PhilTWTD added 20:25 - May 13
Stats are league appearances and goals, have made that clearer.

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