When Rushian Hepburn-Murphy stepped on to the Stadium of Light pitch in the 83rd minute of today’s four nil victory, he became our second youngest ever player to wear the shirt.
The 16 year old’s seven odd minute debut cameo, saw him usurp Gareth Barry as the second youngest to wear the shirt as he made his debut at the tender age of 17 years and 67 days old, but the record is still held by a Jimmy Brown (before my time!) who debuted at 15 years and 349 days old.
He is however the youngest to grace the pitch since the inception of the Premier League!
Must have been a very proud moment for the lad, as again he’s another whose name has been coming more into the fore at under 21 and youth level recently, but few would’ve guessed – like Lewis Kinsella – that his chance would come this quickly.
One person very pleased for him was England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge who knows the family well.
He tweeted a short time ago.
‘Shoutout to the lil homie on making his debut today at 16 years old for AVFCOfficial I know your dad is proud boy!! salute. That’s the type of thing that makes me happy though. To see the youth coming through, especially since I’ve grown up knowing his dad.’
I imagine we will hear a fair bit more about the lad in the coming days!
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