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Record breaker

Posted on 7 November 2008  - 12:00

John Bostock became the club's youngest-ever player in a competitive first-team match when he came off the bench for his debut against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night.

Record breaker

John Bostock became the club's youngest-ever player in a competitive first-team match when he came off the bench for his debut against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night.

The midfielder came on with 79 minutes on the clock and almost made it a night to remember when he drilled a shot just wide from the edge of the box.

John made his first appearance aged 16 years, 295 days and was therefore six days younger than the previous record holder, Ally Dick.

Ally faced Manchester City in a First Division fixture at White Hart Lane on February 20, 1982 aged 16 years 301 days.

He beat the previous record of 16 years 303 days, set by Neil McNab against Chelsea on April 3, 1974.

John has made six appearances for our Academy U18 team this season and featured in friendly matches for both the first and reserve teams.

He now has 17 caps for the England U17 team, having captained them in four of his five appearances this season. He also has six caps for England U16's.

John already holds the record as Crystal Palace's youngest ever League player, having made his Championship debut against Watford on October 29, 2007, aged 15 years 287 days.

With thanks to Club Historian, Andy Porter...