A new message from Alan...

We recently announced the launching of the “ Alan Stubbs Football Academy “ to provide the youngsters of Liverpool with a top-class facility which will serve to

improve their skills in a safe and secure environment.

Our plan was to officially open for business before Christmas with an Open Day, attended by Alan Stubbs himself, also scheduled. 

We made it clear from the outset that this new venture would be the finest of its type on Merseyside and that no expense would be spared in providing a facility which would make us the envy of all our contemporaries.

But, the pursuit of perfection does so often come at a price! That’s to say our plans to significantly improve our venue – the Carmel Sports Club in Wavertree - have proved to be so expansive, so ambitious, that we have fallen behind schedule - not to any great degree but enough to merit a rethink.

We could have stuck to our original timetable but that would have compromised our initial, informal Mission Statement, one which fittingly mirrors the famous motto of Everton, the club Alan captained – Only The Best is Good Enough. 

And so, we have decided to let the Festive Period and the darker days of winter pass before opening the Academy.

We shall now launch on Monday, March 2 with our Open Day 24 hours earlier on Sunday, March 1 between 12 noon and 2pm.

“ We have put back our launch date simply because we are determined that when we are up and running everything will be perfect for the youngsters who sign up, “ said Alan.

However, we are pleased to announce that, ahead of our launch, we are now happy for you to register your interest and reserve a place on a non-committal, no-cash upfront basis. (Active from 4pm onwards on the 11th December)

That’s to say you can register right now but delay paying for one of our value-for-money coaching packages until February! 

To take up this special offer simply arrange to call in at the Academy by calling 07846-158435.

And with Christmas now almost upon us we have the perfect idea for a stocking-filler!

Gift-vouchers for the Academy are now available – just £60 for a course of six, one-hour sessions with our team of FA qualified coaches.

For details simply contact the Academy! 


A message from Alan... Summer 2019


Welcome to the Alan Stubbs Football Academy – a new venture for me and what I believe to be an exciting platform for the footballing stars of tomorrow.

If a youngster’s dream is to become reality he or she will have to listen, to learn, to watch, to emulate, to be patient, to trust in their coaches……..and above all, they will have to work hard.

We have spared no expense in readying ourselves for our formal launch in November and all those involved are fully confident that the youngsters who sign-up will be thrilled with what it is we have to offer. I believe it is important that those parents who wish to see their kids in action and who are keen to monitor their progress are fully catered for and to that end we have incorporated a coffee-bar and technical viewing area, with live feeds of the coaching sessions on screens into our new club house.

I am confident that my new venture - for boys and girls between the ages of four and twelve - will prove to be highly-professional, superbly-run and very successful. I hope you will give the Alan Stubbs Football Academy a try – can't wait to see you all there soon!

Alan Stubbs

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Alan Stubbs

Personal information

Date of birth: (1971-10-06) 6 October 1971 (age 48)

Place of birth: Kirkby, Lancashire, England

Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)

Playing position: Centre-back

 Senior Career
 Years  Team App  (Goals) 
 1990-1996  Bolton Wanderers  202 (9)
 1996-2001  Celtic  93  (3) 
 2001-2005   Everton   124 (3) 
 2005-2006  Sunderland   10 (1) 
 2006-2008  Everton   45 (3)
 2008  Derby County   9 (0) 
 Total    483  (20)
 National Team
 1994  England B  1  (0)
 Teams Managed
 2014-2016  Hiberian
 2016  Rotherham United
 2018  St Mirren

Our Team

Charlie Thompson

It is my belief that each and every child deserves academy-standard coaching in a safe, secure and well-equipped environment. I have been fortunate enough to coach in five countries thus far – England, Wales, Norway, Spain and the USA – to experience how football can have a positive impact both on and off the field. I spent three months coaching in the New England region of the United States in the summer of 2019 and also worked for the UK arm of Real Madrid’s Fundacion.

Helen Pettit

I am a passionate and strong-minded FA qualified coach, one who strives to ensure that each and every child is able to demonstrate their love of football in a safe and positive environment. From my experience, children - irrespective of age - are always willing to learn and absorb information, if they are treated with respect and professionalism. I coached in the USA in the summers of 2018 and 2019 working with Orlando City and Orlando Pride.

Ian Ross

I have been a journalist for more than 45 years, working on a number of leading newspapers including The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. In 2001 I joined Everton as Director of Communications, spending more than a decade at Goodison Park. A published author I hosted a football- based chat- show on the north- west’s Bay TV channel.

Alan's Q&A

Despite being busy setting up his new Football Academy at the Carmel Sports Centre, Alan found the time to sit down and deliver straight and honest answers to many of the questions his fans would have loved to put to him throughout his playing and managerial career.

Everton – it was always Everton. Like so many youngsters who were living in what is – in footballing terms – a divided city, I was obviously influenced by those around me, family and friends. Once you’re a Blue, you’re a Blue for life…there can be no turning back. That’s not to say I didn’t really admire the way other teams played – even Liverpool!

I know it is a cliché…and I know every player says this…but I never wanted to do anything other than play football. Every kid who shares that dream is determined, works hard and believes it will happen. It rarely does though. I suppose I was one of the lucky ones who made it. If it hadn’t been football I think it would perhaps have been something to do with cars – a mechanic or something like that.

I was actually on Schoolboy forms with Everton between the ages of nine and thirteen. Sadly, it didn’t work out for me at that time and they let me go which was heartbreaking. But, as one door closes another opens and I was signed up by Bolton Wanderers, a wonderful club.

I absolutely loved it. It was a truly wonderful experience playing for such a massive club with such an incredible fan-base. I will always remember my time there with great affection. I do still occasionally go back up there and I always receive a wonderful reception. I did almost leave to join Aston Villa whilst I was with Celtic – it fell through and I have no regrets at all about that.

It was hard to believe really – but it was something I had wanted all my life. Few players actually get to play for the Club they have always supported so I felt sort of blessed. It could actually have happened a few years earlier because Joe Royle did try to sign me when I was playing at Bolton. When Everton asked Celtic whether I was available, it presented me with a real dilemma, a really difficult decision to make. I had just recovered from cancer and Celtic had been so wonderful during what was obviously a very difficult time. I felt such loyalty towards them – and yet this was Everton calling…MY club! The lure of Everton was too much and I headed down to Goodison. I wouldn’t have left Celtic at that time for any other club.

I was lucky to have played so many games at Goodison and Parkhead – fantastic venues with great atmospheres. I always loved playing at White Hart Lane. Tottenham Hotspur was sort of a “ second “ club for me because I loved their kit and I always admired Glenn Hoddle. Games against Liverpool at Anfield were always special. The results didn’t always go our way but I always remember running out there in my blue shirt with such pride.

Tricky question as there were so many really good ones – but it comes down to two, the genius that is Wayne Rooney and Henrik Larsson, the brilliant Swedish international who was a team-mate at Celtic. In so many ways Wayne is a freak of nature, a once-in-a-lifetime player – the finest English footballer of his generation. He is just naturally gifted in all aspects of the game – shooting, passing, tacking, defending. On top of all that he is exceptional when he plays in goal during training sessions. That’s actually what he wanted to be when he was a kid – a goalie. What a waste that would have been! Henrik was a different sort of player to Wayne but was massively gifted and a great team player.

You could ask 100 people that question and quite possibly get 100 different answers. I suppose it is a generational thing. The older football fan would probably go for Pele or Eusebio or Beckenbauer or Maradona – all wonderful players. Younger fans are lucky to live in an era where we have so many really world-class players. It is a toss-up between Ronaldo and Messi. They are both quite remarkable and both have the most astonishing statistics in terms of goal-scoring. I will go for Ronaldo though. He is a fantastic player and one of the best headers of a ball I have ever seen.

As a player? Now this is going to sound a little weird. It was my first senior match for Everton at Goodison Park after I had joined from Celtic in 2001…..thing is, I can’t even remember who it was against! It was such an emotional day for me having supported the club all my life and after having released by them when I was a kid. I just remember thinking, “ this is it, this what you’ve been dreaming about for so long. “ As a manager it was when Hibs defeated Rangers in the 2016 Scottish Cup Final. It was the first time Hibs had won the Cup in 114 years. I will never, ever forget the open-top bus tour of Edinburgh. More than 200,000 people turned out to welcome us home and the sheer joy on their faces is something I will never forget.

It’s no-contest really – it’s Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool. In fact, he is probably the best defender in the world at the moment. He has absolutely everything a top-class centre-back needs – pace, vision, intelligence and fantastic aerial ability.

Tricky question because as a player you do tend to find that different managers have different skill-sets, different ways of doing things. I always knew that I wanted to go into management when I had finished playing so I studied carefully the techniques of all those I played for. Ask some players who was their favourite manager and they will say “ none of them “ but I was fortunate to have a pretty good relationship with all those I worked alongside…..Bruce Rioch, Martin O’Neill, David Moyes.

I wouldn’t say “ hated “ but obviously some were far more difficult to handle than others. Alan Shearer was always hard to contain because he was very fast and was such an instinctive finisher. The good thing about Alan was that whilst he could dish out the physical stuff, he could also take it without too much complaining. Didier Drogba was another tough opponent but the difference between him and Shearer was that whilst he loved being physical towards defenders he really didn’t like it when he got it back

Footballing superstar Wayne Rooney has backed his old mate Alan Stubbs’ new Academy to be a roaring success.

Pineapple One of world football’s greatest-ever players, Rooney has been a close friend of Alan’s since he was a youngster at Everton making his way through the ranks on his way to international stardom.
When Alan joined Everton for the first time in 2001, Rooney was a 16 year-old phenomenon who had been at Goodison Park since he signed schoolboy forms at the age of just nine.

England’s all-time record goal-scorer admitted that Alan was the first senior professional at Everton to offer friendship and advice as he readied himself for his long career in top-class football.
“ When I was a youngster at the Everton Academy I used to look up to players like Alan – I used to watch everything they did and how they did it, “ said Rooney speaking exclusively to the Academy website. “ It wasn’t too long before I moved up to be with the first-team and the first player to take me under his wing was Alan.”
Rooney, who recently joined Championship club Derby County after a spell in the United States with DC United, believes that Alan’s Academy will help Merseyside youngsters grow and develop both as individuals and as players.
“ As a parent myself I really cannot think of anyone better to place my trust in than Alan. He will teach them the right way to be a better player and a better person, “ he said.

In a 15 year international career Croxteth-born Rooney scored an astonishing 53 goals in 120 appearances.
He is also the highest scorer in the history of Manchester United, scoring 183 goals in 393 senior appearances.
Alan regards Rooney as one of football’s finest-ever players.
“ Wayne is a freak of nature – a once-in-a-lifetime footballer. He is the finest English player of his generation and a genuine world-class player, “ he said.