Toffolo’s exit leaves just two FA Youth Cup winners on City’s books
PUBLISHED: 15:47 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:52 29 January 2018
As left-back Harry Toffolo leaves Norwich City for Millwall, it leaves just two of the 2013 FA Youth Cup winners on the books at Carrow Road.
The 22-year-old has left City with 85 appearances in first-team football to his name but just two of those were for City, in the League Cup, following a succession of loans.
It leaves just winger Josh Murphy and striker Carlton Morris, currently on a season-long loan at Shrewsbury, as the remaining members of Neil Adams’ under-18 squad which lifted the trophy almost five years ago.
That talented group beat Chelsea 4-2 in a two-legged final back in 2013, winning 1-0 in front of over 21,000 at Carrow Road before sealing the success with a 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Murphy is a regular for the Canaries and has scored 17 goals in 90 games, with twin brother Jacob sold to Newcastle last summer for around £12m after 10 goals in 42 matches.
Morris has made just one appearance – as a substitute almost three years ago – and the only other member of that U18s squad to make a senior appearance was midfielder Cameron King, as a substitute in the League Cup, who is now playing for King’s Lynn Town.
Reece Hall-Johnson, who scored the winning penalty against Nottingham Forest in the semi-final, was another to make one cup appearance before being released and is now on loan at Chester from Grimsby.
Which means, so far, the Youth Cup winners have collectively made 137 appearances and scored 27 goals for Norwich – a return most clubs would be happy with from one academy age group.
The captain of Adams’ squad, Cameron McGeehan, is on loan at Scunthorpe from Barnsley, with 35 goals in 125 games in the Football League to his name, while Rhys Browne is a League Two regular for Yeovil.
Other members of the team are largely playing in the upper echelons of non-league, with King and Cameron Norman at King’s Lynn and Harry Barker and Harvey Hodd at Lowestoft locally, and Ben Wyatt at Braintree after spells at Ipswich and Colchester.
Others include big defender Kyle McFadden, who was playing in Ireland for Sligo last season, and goalkeeper Will Britt, who was on loan from Southampton, is now trying to make it as a boxer.