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Full name  Patrick Kwame Ampadu
1988–1991  Arsenal
Position  Midfielder
Years  Team
Height  1.78 m

Playing position  Midfielder
Role  Footballer
Place of birth  Bradford, England
Name  Kwame Ampadu
Children  Ethan Ampadu
Kwame Ampadu Albion Till We Die An Independent West Bromwich Albion

Date of birth  (1970-12-20) 20 December 1970 (age 44)

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Patrick Kwame Ampadu (born 20 December 1970) is a former footballer who played as a midfielder. Ampadu played for clubs Arsenal, Swansea City, Leyton Orient and Exeter City in his footballing career. He is currently with Arsenal as coach of the U18s at the club's Academy, a role which he in prior held at Exeter City. Ampadu as well featured for the Republic of Ireland's U21 team.

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Early life

Ampadu was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England to an Irish mother and Ghanaian father. Ampadu subsequently moved with his parents to Dublin, Ireland where he was raised. He undertook his primary and secondary education at O'Connell's School in Dublin where his schoolmates included future footballers Eoin Hand, Ray Treacy and Jeff Kenna. At a young age he took up the sport of hurling but thereafter found himself to be quite proficient at football as well.

Playing career

Ampadu first played in Irish youth football for Sherrard United and Belvedere before joining Arsenal in July 1988. His debut came in a 3-1 win away to Derby County on 24 March 1990. The Irishman went on to have spells being loaned out to Plymouth Argyle and West Bromwich Albion the following season, before making a permanent move to the latter in June 1991.

Ampadu spent three years at West Bromwich Albion before moving to Swansea City in February 1994. He played in Swansea City's 1994 Football League Trophy win at Wembley. Ampadu also reached the 1997 Football League Third Division play-off Final with the Swans. He moved to Leyton Orient in July 1998 and reached the Third Division play-offs a second time with them in 1998–99. At Leyton Orient he scored twice, with goals coming against Rochdale in the league and Cardiff in the FA Cup. He then had a spell at Exeter City where he scored twice against Swindon Town in the League Cup and Dagenham & Redbridge in the league. Ampadu then had stints with Newport County and Tiverton Town where his playing days eventually came to an end in 2006.

Managerial career

Ampadu returned to Exeter to be a part of the club's coaching outfit. He took up the role in July 2008 within the club's academy, to be at the helm of the Grecians Under 18 side. The Irishman moved to Arsenal in 2012 to become the Under 14's coach at the London side's Hale End Academy.

Personal life

Ampadu's son Ethan is a footballer who plays for Chelsea. The younger Ampadu, at the age of 15 years and 10 months, made his debut for Exeter City in a League Cup tie against Brentford on 9 August 2016, breaking an 87-year-old record set by Cliff Bastin.

Player

Swansea City

Football League Trophy: 1994

Managerial

Arsenal

U18 Premier League: Runners Up Medal - 2017

References

Kwame Ampadu Wikipedia


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