Scunthorpe United newcomer Hakeeb Adelakun already a record breaker
HE WAS born in the middle of Euro 96 – now it's his turn to write the football headlines.
When Hakeeb Adelakun came off the substitutes' bench to make his Scunthorpe United debut at Prenton Park last Saturday, he became the club's youngest ever player in a Football League game.
The London-born winger made his debut aged 16 years and 201 days – breaking a 37-year-old club record.
Adelakun was 39 days younger than striker Mick Farrell, who came on as a substitute at home to Workington in Division Four in November, 1975, aged 16 years and 240 days.
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Since entering the Football League in 1950, only five players have played for the club in a league match aged 16.
The others are defender Mark Atkins, a future Premier League winner, who was 16 years and 256 days when he came on at Wrexham in April 1985; goalkeeper Alan O'Meara, who was 16 years and 307 days when he made his debut at Crewe in October 1975; and defender Nathan Stanton, currently still playing with League Two Burton Albion, who was 16 years and 342 days when Brian Laws handed him a debut at Scarborough in April 1998.