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plumey1969
28-06-2017, 05:44 PM
Anyone remember this documentary series from Sunday lunchtime in 2002 ?

It was called 'The Players'and it gave an interesting insight over 6 episodes of the Academy at the time containing some familiar faces.

I wonder how they all got on in the years to follow ?.

Enjoy.

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Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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Part 4

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Part 5

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Final Part

Dorking .Eagle
28-06-2017, 06:15 PM
I watched all of the episodes back in the day. Personal favourite highlight was the episode where the academy team went abroad to somewhere like Italy or Spain for a tournament and the ref lost control during a mass brawl! You could see Tonka (Dave Illingworth) in the crowd (he was a Vice President) there as back then he was massive.

Most of the players featured did very little in terms of professional careers. Wayne Routledge probably the most successful

prizesucker
29-06-2017, 12:14 PM
Most of the players featured did very little in terms of professional careers. Wayne Routledge probably the most successful

Probably? Spent most of his playing career in the top flight and a League Cup Winners medal far exceeds the rest of the youngsters featured.

Only one close to WR, but wasn't featured, is Ginger Zidane, who likewise has spent most of his career in the top flight but has a FA Cup winners medal instead.

Amazing to think that WR and BW were featuring in the CP first team the season after this video was shot.

Popester
29-06-2017, 08:58 PM
I thought David Hunt would have a good career but he spent his career between the conference and league 2.

EmmerGreenEagle
29-06-2017, 09:39 PM
Wasn't Sam Togwell in there too

Mictor Voses
29-06-2017, 09:47 PM
Hate the start of that video. A life of glamour and girls etc...... No mention of the total dedication, hard graft, sweat and tears that it takes too!

gold76
30-06-2017, 05:52 AM
Obviously a different era now, but that crop of players may have only been on 90 a week, wouldn't have been much glamour or girls to be had with that!

Popester
30-06-2017, 06:57 AM
I don't know about the glammer, but when I was at school we had a lad at millwall and he was fishing in a different pond to everyone else.

plumey1969
30-06-2017, 04:03 PM
Part 2 has been added to the first post on the thread.

Well remembered DE,the rest of the series should be added over the next few days.

plumey1969
05-07-2017, 08:22 PM
Part 3 now added.

jaspercpfc
05-07-2017, 09:49 PM
I thought David Hunt would have a good career but he spent his career between the conference and league 2.

Agreed a cultured full back, he's now a successful businessman by all accounts. Always thought Antwi should have done more, he had everything going for him but never kicked on. Dobbo was all style and no substance.
Murray Jones the coach was a really likeable guy, used to kick about in the non league scene for Carshalton and was recommended to Palace by Billy Smith (who used to scout for Palace) last seen at Millwall but has had a successful coaching career.

MJ_Palace
05-07-2017, 10:14 PM
Any other links to the videos ? Just says unable to view on my screen ?

Timbo
05-07-2017, 11:55 PM
Watched #3 and enjoyed it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqSXAtlwvRM#t=293

plumey1969
10-07-2017, 05:12 PM
Part 4 now added.

plumey1969
07-08-2017, 07:27 PM
Parts 5 and 6,the final parts now added to the first post.