First-year Apprentice Jack Stephens carved his name into Plymouth Argyle’s record books when Manager Peter Reid brought him on as a late substitute during last Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in npower League One at Home Park.
At the age of 16 years and 234 days, the local lad from Torpoint, just across the River Tamar from Plymouth, became the third-youngest player ever to make his senior competitive debut for the Pilgrims.
Reid was delighted with Stephens’ six-minute contribution on the right side of midfield as a replacement for winger Craig Noone.
“Even though he was only on for a few minutes, it didn’t faze him,” said the former England World Cup star.
“He won a header and had a good touch. It helped that he was 6ft 1in and Wednesday were piling high balls into the box,” added the Manager, who last month also gave 17 year old Apprentice Curtis Nelson his senior debut.