Making the first senior appearance of his career at the age of 19 years and 15 days-old, Whitworth impressed in defeat at the Amex Stadium, making particularly fine saves from Pervis Estupiñán and Alexis Mac Allister in particular.
The teenager’s tender years also saw him go down in the record books as Palace’s youngest-ever Premier League goalkeeper, and fifth-youngest of all-time.
A second appearance a few days later against Arsenal may have yielded a 4-1 defeat to the Premier League leaders, but marked him out as the first Palace goalkeeper to play their first two games in front of 30,000- and 60,000-strong crowds.
Here, with thanks to club historian Ian King, we delve into the record books to explore the story of Palace’s five youngest-ever goalkeepers…
5. Joe Whitworth
Debut: v Brighton & Hove Albion (Wednesday, 15th March, 2023)
Age: 19 years, 15 days-old
A night at The Amex he’ll simply never forget. Injuries to Vicente Guaita and Sam Johnstone handed Joe Whitworth an unlikely, but fully-merited, chance – and the shot-stopper duly did himself, the Academy and Crystal Palace Football Club proud.