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Who was the youngest player for each rugby league club?

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Les Dracs' website says that Lucas Albert is the youngest first team player, at 17 years and 8 days old, when he played at Widnes on 12th July, 2015.  The home side won by 29 points to 22.

Steve Menzies was 39 years and 283 days old when he turned out for Les Dracs against Hull FC on 13th September, 2013.  The match, at the KC Stadium, ended in victory for Hull FC, 14-4.

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Keith Mumby began his Bradford Northern professional playing career in 1973 at the age of sixteen. On his début he broke the record for the most points scored on a first appearance for the club, scoring one try and twelve goals.

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Youngest I can think of for Hull is Richard Horne, but I imagine there was probably someone younger back in the day.

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For Wigan a toss up between Shaun Edwards and Trevor Stockley ? The latter played for Lancs against Ellory Hanley for yorks at Heworth and they both played against France for BARLA Youth  together in Marseilles ( with their respective contracts in the top drawer )......

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Pretty sure Neil Thorman was still at high school when he made his debut for Gateshead Thunder, think he was still 16 and once made a comment about doing his homework on the team bus going to an away game. In those days the squad depth was really thin.

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Harold Wagstaff was 15 years and 175 days when he made his debut for the then named Fartown, Now the Giants, And 17 years and 228 days on his debut for England.

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On 05/06/2020 at 18:47, Hela Wigmen said:

Scott Moore is still Saints’ youngest player, I think. 

How old was he?

My knowledge of players is poor, so I can only offer up Gary Connolly as someone that I remember being young when they started.

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Glen Liddiard (b 28 Nov 1969) made his debut for Oldham on 15 December 1985 when aged 16 years, 17 days old ... he also scored a try

That was in Division 1 (the top division at the time) and later that season played for Oldham in a Challenge Cup semi-final when aged 16 years, 114 days ... and again scored a try.

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8 hours ago, Stirk said:

Harold Wagstaff was 15 years and 175 days when he made his debut for the then named Fartown, Now the Giants, And 17 years and 228 days on his debut for England.

Huddersfield were never named Fartown

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8 hours ago, Stirk said:

Harold Wagstaff was 15 years and 175 days when he made his debut for the then named Fartown, Now the Giants, And 17 years and 228 days on his debut for England.

This is from an article on the Huddersfield RL Heritage website regarding Harold Wagstaffe ...

"........ at the age of fifteen years 175 days old, made his first team debut in the Claret and Gold at Barley Mow, Bramley on 10 November, scoring a try in a 28pts-11 win.

Only Bramley’s Harold Edmondson at 15 years and 81 days old, when he appeared against Bradford Northern in 1919, has ever played at senior level at a younger age.

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Joe Ferguson, who played for Oldham from 1899 - 1923 and holds the club record for appearances of 627, played his last game for the club on 14 April 1923 aged 44.

With that figure of 627, Joe Fergson also holds the record for the most apperances by any player for one club throughout the history of Northern Union / Rugby League (and would have played more if not for World War 1).

Albert Goldthorpe of Hunslet is shown as 682 yet that includes matches played for seven seasons at Rugby Union before the 1895 breakaway.

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1 hour ago, 17 stone giant said:

How old was he?

My knowledge of players is poor, so I can only offer up Gary Connolly as someone that I remember being young when they started.

Just looked into it. Turns out he’s not the youngest ever, though is the youngest in Super League. 16 years and 6 months on debut in 2004. 

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On 06/06/2020 at 21:33, 17 stone giant said:

How old was he?

My knowledge of players is poor, so I can only offer up Gary Connolly as someone that I remember being young when they started.

Pretty sure he was 16 and think it might have been a play off game?

Also think for Wigan it is Farrell or he certainly broke the record for his debut but there might be someone else since. 

Leeds maybe Chev Walker? Remember him making his debut at 16 also

It's rare nowadays for kids to break through so young as there is more knowledge around sport science and body development,

think Scott Moore was a one off as Long had been taken out in foul play the week before  (same old wigan) and Smith was on loan at Crusaders? Be amazed if I got that right ?

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On 06/06/2020 at 21:48, RL does what Sky says said:

Glen Liddiard (b 28 Nov 1969) made his debut for Oldham on 15 December 1985 when aged 16 years, 17 days old ... he also scored a try

That was in Division 1 (the top division at the time) and later that season played for Oldham in a Challenge Cup semi-final when aged 16 years, 114 days ... and again scored a try.

And as saints10coach relates on the Oldham board 'Remember the announcement when Glen Liddiard scored that first try. "Try scored by A.N.Other, well done young Liddiard".' ?

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1 hour ago, The Art of Hand and Foot said:

And as saints10coach relates on the Oldham board 'Remember the announcement when Glen Liddiard scored that first try. "Try scored by A.N.Other, well done young Liddiard".' ?

Yes, I think the announcer at that time was Frank Diskin ... a "Radio 2 DJ" wannabe.

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