Northern Irish kid just 13 becomes youngest UK footballer ever to break 42-year record

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The youngest player to play in the Premier League remains Harvey Elliott, who broke a 12-year record in May 2019. The now-Liverpool midfielder featured for Fulham against Wolves aged 16 years and 31 days. 

Elliott broke the previous record held by fellow former Fulham player Matthew Briggs, who played against Middlesbrough in May 2007 aged 16 years and 69 days. 

Four players have featured in the Championship before their 16th birthdays. Zak Lovelace, John Bostock, Mason Bennett and Ruben Noble-Lazarus were all still at school when they made their debuts, although the latter was the youngest to feature in the competition – for Barnsley in 2008. 

Luke Freeman is the youngest player to feature in League One since the Football League was adapted in 2003, aged 15 years and eight months in November 2007. In League Two, Chris Hughes played for Darlington in 2003 aged just 14. 

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