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Young Striker Brown Joins Chelsea
Saturday, 9th Jul 2016 11:04

TWTD understands that academy striker Charlie Brown has left the Blues to join Chelsea's youth set-up.

The 16-year-old former Felixstowe Academy pupil was due to start his two-year scholarship this summer, having been at Playford Road since the U10s.

We understand the clubs are yet to agree compensation, while Arsenal also showed interest.

Brown broke into the Town U21s side last season and scored his first goal at that level in the 4-2 victory over Crewe Alexandra in March.

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StuartBrett8 added 11:13 - Jul 9
Good grief, will our compensation be peanuts... I'll get my coat ;)

rinkydinkpanther added 11:17 - Jul 9
Ummm, well, that's...good. Keep the 'feel good' news a-rollin' in!

They're getting wise to leave us before they even barely get going.

Ryorry added 11:22 - Jul 9
So that's the way Academies work.

hoppy added 11:23 - Jul 9
Charlton must've been snoopying around him for a while, I guess.

MaySixth added 11:24 - Jul 9

Nobody cares.

miltonsnephew added 11:25 - Jul 9
Hope we get Kiwomya from Chelsea as part of the deal on a seasons loan!

Marcus added 11:27 - Jul 9
That's the system. If a player is good enough a higher ranked academy can pluck them. Similarly we can 'pluck' from a lower ranked academy. This is why we shouldn't have settled for second best in the first place. He might be a success or a flop, however it shows a vulnerability in our youth set up that belies our history.

Kikapu added 11:28 - Jul 9
Poor decision by him, but can't blame him. Who wouldn't be tempted. Let's hope he comes through it unscathed.

wokingblue added 11:30 - Jul 9
Who did his hair?!!

Mark added 11:31 - Jul 9
Groan...will we ever get some good news about ITFC? While I am glad about the signing of Adam Webster, he alone is hardly going to transform us into a promotion chasing side!

itfcjon added 11:51 - Jul 9
Well that's the last anyone will hear of him

mickeyjb added 11:51 - Jul 9
The trouble about waiting to he end of the summer for signings as they are not ready to hit the ground running when the season starts. Let's at least hope that this happens rather than sod all

Daleyitfc added 11:51 - Jul 9
Why's everybody always pickin' on me?

Currie10 added 11:56 - Jul 9
I miss the days of us being linked to all and sundry and signing none Mark.....

For heavens sake it's July 9 be patient people.

meekreech added 12:10 - Jul 9
Did he not have the sense to see what is happening at Chelsea with next to no academy player getting into the league side ! The best he can hope for is that he will get a decent club for his time on loan ( joining the other 630+young players ) before being shunted out .

paulcooperisgod added 12:23 - Jul 9
But hardly any English youngsters break through into the Chelsea first team! Non league by the time he's 20

Pendejo added 12:34 - Jul 9
Just think about the money! Can probably earn more on an apprenticeship with Chelsea over 2/3 apprenticeship than 5 years with Town.

Good luck to him for his ambition and I hope he succeeds where most others have failed.

legoman added 12:37 - Jul 9
Is his dad the scientist assistant in the muppets?

eMeM added 12:54 - Jul 9
How many ITFC academy products are playing in current international teams? How many ITFC academy players are playing in Premier League? or even ask how many of them are playing in Championship? We are far from being good in training young football stars. Forget about Richard Wright, Kieron Dyer. It was million years ago and still they weren't that great. Do you think Bishop or Dozzell will become new Beckham, Lampard or Gerrard? Not even close.

hoppy added 12:55 - Jul 9
Wokingblue - that's woodstock's nest.

shefki86 added 13:14 - Jul 9
Youre 16 years old and Chelsea come calling.....can you blame him?! Good luck to the lad

NITFC added 13:16 - Jul 9
Shame. That's his career over then. Whoever heard of Chelsea academy products making it?

Trigger67 added 13:59 - Jul 9
Weren't that great? Both Dyer and Wright were full England internationals in their time!

IamSpartacus added 13:59 - Jul 9
Yeah, NITFC, whoever heard of John Terry, Graham Le Saux, Ryan Bertrand, Robert Huth, Fabio Borini, etc *rolls eyes*

Regardless, I'd guess (allegedly) his parents will have new white goods, a holiday and some cash squirelled away now, perhaps. He may never make it (so few do) but at least something was gained...

rgp1 added 14:54 - Jul 9
Perhaps he didn't fancy playing football in a neckbrace.

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