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Louis the youngest

9 April 2014

Louis Reed became United's youngest ever player in a league game on Tuesday night.

At the age of 16 years and 257 days, Reed was introduced as a second half substitute in the 1-0 derby victory over Rotherham United.

Club statistician Andrew Kirkham has scoured the record books and confirms that Reed beats all peacetime records - only Dennis Thompson, in a wartime game, was younger.

Before Reed's debut on Tuesday, Stephen Hawes (17 years and 47 days) was the youngest, also making his debut as a substitute in 1995.

Thompson was 16 years and 103 days when he made his debut in a wartime game.

Other 16-year-olds to make their debut include Trenton Wiggan (16 and 329 days) when he was a substitute in a League Cup game against Doncaster in August 1979, whilst leading appearance maker Joe Shaw was 16 years and 283 days when he made his debut in a wartime game.

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