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Matty's place in history

SEASIDERS wonderkid Matty Kay woke early today to make the morning register at Collegiate High School – a few hours after smashing the record of a Premiership ace, writes STEVE CANAVAN.

Kay made history when he came on as a substitute against Scunthorpe yesterday, becoming the youngest player ever to represent Blackpool in a league match.

At 16 years and 32 days old, Kay beat the club record set by Trevor Sinclair, now at Manchester City, in 1991.

Sinclair was aged 16 years and 170 days when he made his Pool debut.

Kay has topped that and manager Simon Grayson is so taken with the schoolboy that he reckons it won't be long until he is a first team regular.

Grayson said: "I had no qualms about putting him on – whether it was at half-time, after an hour or at the end – because I have worked with him a lot this year and, believe me, that boy will be a player.

"He played in the reserves at Preston last week, up against Dickson Etuhu in the midfield, and he didn't look out of place.

"Nothing fazes the lad. He will be a good player in the future, and hopefully he will sign here and become a force to be reckoned with.

Peeved

"If he keeps doing what he's doing, then he will be playing in the first team by the time he reaches his 17th birthday."

The one disappointment for Kay, who came on in the final minute, was that he didn't actually get a touch.

Grayson joked: "I asked him as he was coming off, 'did you get a touch?' He just looked a bit peeved and said 'no', so I suppose you could say it was a faultless performance!

"But it was a great opportunity for him. I didn't pick him to make his day – he was picked on merit.

"It was too big a game to put a 16-year-old in the side for the sake of it. He was there because I know he is good enough.

"He was supposed to be playing for the youth team on Saturday morning but I pulled him out because I thought he could influence the team and the game yesterday.

"I would have been prepared to put him on at any stage. I thought it was a nice touch for him to come on, especially knowing that he would be the youngest player to play for Blackpool in a league match."

But not even Kay can beat the record of former Tangerine teen sensation Eamonn Collins, who became the youngest player ever to turn out in a professional game in this country when he played for Pool against Kilmarnock in the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1980. He was 42 days shy of his 15th birthday.

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"I would have been prepared to put him on at any stage. I thought it was a nice touch for him to come on, especially knowing that he would be the youngest player to play for Blackpool in a league match."

But not even Kay can beat the record of former Tangerine teen sensation Eamonn Collins, who became the youngest player ever to turn out in a professional game in this country when he played for Pool against Kilmarnock in the Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1980. He was 42 days shy of his 15th birthday.

 
 
 

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