Memorable FA Youth Cup quarter-final ties of the last 10 years
Our Under-18s welcome Millwall to Stamford Bridge in the quarter-final of this year’s FA Youth Cup on Thursday 27 February. The tie is live on the 5th Stand App, kick-off 7pm.
His attitude and maturity, both on and off the pitch, saw him involved as an unused substitute for the youth team while still a schoolboy in 2016/17, before an Under-18s debut swiftly arrived on the opening day of the following campaign. A defender who can play anywhere across the back three or either side of the centre-back pairing, Wakely made 16 appearances for Jody Morris's youngsters as they claimed a clean sweep of four trophies in his maiden season as a scholar.
In 2018/19, he continued to play the majority of his football with the youth team but made his Under-19s debut as a substitute in our thumping 10-1 win over Molde. At the end of the winter transfer window, the young defender joined Southern Premier South Division side Basingstoke Town on loan until the end of the season and made over 15 appearances before the end of the season. In October 2017, he signed a first professional contract at the club until the summer of 2020.