By George Overhill

21st Sep, 2022 | 10:10pm

Leeds United documentary details emerge on the likes of Charlie Cresswell and Nohan Kenneh

Details on the content of the much-anticipated Leeds United Amazon documentary “Academy Dreams” have been shared in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

After the success of Take Us Home the streaming giant has returned to focus on the club’s Thorp Arch- based under-23s through the 2021/22 season, and ahead of its premiere on Friday 23 September Joe Donnohue and Graham Smyth have shared some mild spoilers on who stars in the show, which includes interviews and behind the scenes footage.

Current Millwall loanee Charlie Cresswell and now-Hibernian midfielder Nohan Kenneh are singled out for praise, while Lewis Bate and Sean McGurk provide comic relief, and the likes of Joe Gelhardt, Crysencio Summerville, and then-first team star Kalvin Phillips are also featured.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Donnohue said: “Fortunate to have seen the first two episodes of new LUFC documentary series ‘Academy Dreams’, released this Friday on Amazon Prime Video. An enjoyable watch & great insight into the characters behind the talent at Thorp Arch. Caution: spoilers.”

Smyth added on his own account some of the specifics, saying: “Enjoyed the first two eps of Academy Dreams. Reinforces how excellent a human Kenneh is.

“McGurk/Bate dynamic is fun. Gelhardt comes across well. Lovely segment with KP and Cresswell, who is a star. That’s probably the point of it. Showing personalities that are worth showing.”

In the YEP story it reveals that the first two episodes cover events such as the opening day win over Crystal Palace and Leo Hjelde’s arrival, while Bate and McGurk’s home life as housemates is also shown.


Although Gelhardt and Summerville have been elevated to permanent first-team status, and Cresswell is hard to ignore wherever he is, some of the personalities of the Thorp Arch talents will be more of a mystery to fans.

Supporters always like to see behind the curtain at their club, and the added elements of the personal lives add a more relatable aspect to such documentaries, even if players at Premier League clubs are living very different lives to the rest of us on the whole.

It will no doubt be popular viewing among Whites fans either way but could give some insight to the stars of the future at Elland Road.

The likes of Kenneh may have already moved on, but Cresswell is impressing in south London and there are big things expected of him.

Gelhardt and Summerville are already teetering on the brink of being important fixtures in the senior set up, and assuming they are eventually set loose on a more regular basis by Jesse Marsch should be very familiar by the end of the year.

More interesting is sure to be the lesser-spotted characters from Mark Jackson’s set up last season so the series is sure to have a couple of unlikely breakout stars.

In other Leeds United news, one of the new sensations at Thorp Arch this year is proving unstoppable and his run has continued with a superb international debut.