Whatever happened to #14… Webb, Tracy, Halls, Canoville, G. Hoyte


Signed scholarship: Summer 2010. First-team appearances: 0. Subsequent career: QPR, Bishop’s Stortford, Welling, Billericay (loan), Canvey Island.

A midfielder of Irish descent with an impressive passing range, Webb featured for Arsenal U18s whilst still a schoolboy, but struggled to make the step up to what was then Reserve football. He was eventually let go and joined Queen’s Park Rangers, but has since dropped into non-league football and has experienced a rather nomadic career to date, most recently ending up at Canvey Island.




Signed scholarship: Summer 2005. First-team appearances: 0. Subsequent career: Galway United, Limerick (loan), Limerick.

An Irish midfielder or winger who left Arsenal midway through his scholarship deal owing to homesickness, Tracy has since carved out a respectable career for himself in his homeland. Also capable of playing at left-back on occasion, he initially moved to Galway United before joining Limerick following a successful loan spell. Now 25, he has been a permanent player for the latter club for over five years and scored six goals in 22 appearances last season.






Signed scholarship: Summer 1998. First-team appearances: 3. Subsequent career: Stoke City, Reading, Preston North End (loan), Crystal Palace (loan), Sheffield United (loan), Brentford, Aldershot Town, Wycombe Wanderers. Retired: 2012.

An Islington-born midfielder who was part of the FA Youth Cup-winning team in 2000, Halls featured for the first-team on several occasions in the League Cup, most memorably being sent-off against Manchester United. He spent time on loan at various clubs before eventually joining Stoke City permanently in 2003. He was a regular there for three years, but struggled to get much of a look in at his next club Reading before eventually reviving his career somewhat at Brentford and then Aldershot Town. Following a difficult season with Wycombe Wanderers, he announced his retirement in 2012 and now runs his own male fashion business.




Signed scholarship: Summer Summer 1997. First-team appearances: 1. Subsequent career: Torquay United, Boston United, Shrewsbury Town (loan), Notts County, Grays Athletic, Halesowen Town, Gainsborough Trinity (loan), Boston United, Spalding United.

A defender who emerged from the FA School at Lilleshall, Canoville made a solitary appearance for the Arsenal first-team, as a substitute in the League Cup defeat to Ipswich Town. He was let go in 2000, going on to make over 100 league appearances for Torquay United over a four year spell. The former England U16 international eventually descended into non-league football, and was last seen playing for Spalding United in the United Counties League Premier Division.




Signed scholarship: Summer 2006. First-team appearances: 4. Subsequent career: Dagenham & Redbridge. Trinidad & Tobago international.

The younger brother of fellow Arsenal Academy product Justin, Gavin Hoyte impressed during Arsenal’s progression to the Semi-Finals of the FA Youth Cup in 2006/07. His speed caught the eye, and he went on to make his first-team debut in the Carling Cup. Injuries to others meant that he made his Premier League debut away to Manchester City, but he endured a torrid time when faced with the threat of Robinho. Hoyte then embarked upon a series of loan spells, before joining Dagenham & Redbridge upon his release from Arsenal in 2012. Despite representing England at youth level, he recently followed in his brother’s footsteps by representing Trinidad & Tobago at senior international level.



One comment

  1. Looks like Alban Bunjaku is joining Derby County.
    Obviously his move to better team in order to get first team action did not go as planned.

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