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Young Players And Goalscorers Records

4 July 2012

The following are a list of players who have made their debuts for the club before their 18th birthdays and their ages at the time:

Palace's youngest ever player, substituted on against Watford, 29th October 2007
- 15 years, 287 days John Bostock

Substituted on against Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2nd January 2010
- 16 years, 109 days Alex Wynter

Substituted on against Bolton Wanderers, 27 April 1968
- 16 years, 112 days Phil Hoadley

Palace's youngest ever player to be given a full first team debut, started against Tranmere Rovers, 7th May 1975
- 16 years, 223 days Kenny Sansom

Substituted on against West Bromwich Albion, 31st October 2001
- 16 years, 297 days Wayne Routledge

Victor MosesSubstituted on against Cardiff, 6th November 2007
- 16 years, 329 days

Made his debut during Wartime Football, 3rd January 1942
- 16 years, 337 days Geoff Chilvers

Started against Bristol City, 1st January 1966
- 17 years, 24 days Steve Kember

Started against Blackpool, 17th September 1972
- 17 years, 34 days Paul Hinshelwood

Substituted on against Queens Park Rangers, 4th December 2007
- 17 years, 76 days Sean Scannell

Started against Coventry City, 26th September 1931
- 17 years, 105 days Frank Manders

Substituted on against Grimsby Town, 23rd November 2002
- 17 years, 130 days Gary Borrowdale

Started against Southend United, 3rd October 1995
- 17 years, 139 days Leon McKenzie

Substituted on against Lincoln City, 2nd March 1997
- 17 years, 143 days Vince Hilaire

Started against Swindon Town, 13th October 1956
- 17 years, 153 days Johnny Byrne

Made a starting debut, 24th March 1962
- 17 years, 179 days Alan Stephenson

Made a starting debut, 12th April 1980
- 17 years, 186 days Shaun Brooks

Made a starting debut, 4th November 1964
- 17 years, 193 days David Payne

Made a starting debut, 11th December 1983
- 17 years, 208 days David Lindsay

Started against Watford, 29th October 2007
- 17 years, 209 days Lee Hills

Substituted on against Sheffield Wednesday, 23rd April 1977
- 17 years, 212 days Jerry Murphy

Substituted on against Southend United, 23rd August 2005
- 17 years, 223 days Lewis Grabban

Made a starting debut, 28th August 1965
- 17 years, 223 days Bill Stack

Made a starting debut, 25th August 1973
- 17 years, 231 days David Swindlehurst

Substituted on against Gillingham, 28th February 2004
- 17 years, 233 days Tom Soares

Started against Leicester City, 7th August 2010
- 17 years, 270 days Wilfried Zaha

Started against Watford, 8th April 2003
- 17 years, 273 days Ben Watson

Substituted on, 22nd September 1992
- 17 years, 274 days George Ndah

Started against Millwall, 20th August 1977
- 17 years, 283 days Peter Nicholas

Started against Torquay United, 11th March 1950
- 17 years, 289 days Roy Bailey

Made a starting debut, 8th April 1954
- 17 years, 336 days Ray Potter

Started against Blackpool, 4th October 1977
- 17 years, 328 days Billy Gilbert

Substituted on against Barnsley, 24th January 1987
- 17 years, 347 days John Salako

Made a starting debut, 11th December 1983
- 17 years, 360 days Wayne Martin

Started against Chester City, 31st August 1976
 - 17 years, 362 days  Ian Walsh

Only 1 day older than Ian Walsh and also debuted against Chester City, being substituted on, 31st August 1976
 - 17 years, 363 days  Steve Brennan

Made a starting debut, 3rd September 1955
 - 17 years, 364 days  Ron Brett


Below are Palace's ten youngest ever goalscorers:

 - 17 years, 31 daysSteve Kember

 - 17 years, 39 daysPaul Hinshelwood

 - 17 years, 89 daysSean Scannel

 - 17 years, 91 daysVictor Moses

 - 17 years, 139 days (on his debut)Leon McKenzie

 - 17 years, 233 days (after being substituted on)Tom Soares

 - 17 years, 273 daysBen Watson

 - 17 years, 314 daysVInce Hilaire

 - 17 years, 321 daysLee Hills

 - 17 years, 323 daysJohnny Byrne



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