Hamilton, Ian Ian Hamilton, 16 years and 138 days, played against Tottenham Hotspur in the First Division on March 18, 1967. Mark Schwarzer, 41 years and 218 days, played against Cardiff City in the Premier League on May 11, 2014. This makes him the youngest ever Chelsea player.
He came through the youth system at Chelsea and made his first-team debut in 1966 at the age of 17 years and 328 days. He scored his first goal for the club two years later against Leeds United in a 2-1 win at Elland Road. The match was followed by an open-top bus tour of London's streets with 3,000 fans on board. It was the first game back from half-time during the winter season break and Chelsea needed a victory to keep up with league leaders Manchester United.
During his time at Chelsea, Ian Hamilton won three trophies: the League Cup in 1969 and 1971, and the FA Cup in 1972. He left the club in 1975 after making 231 appearances and scoring 36 goals. After leaving Chelsea, he went on to play for several other English clubs including Northampton Town, Aldershot, Bury and Wigan Athletic.
Ian Hamilton was born on April 28, 1945 in Kirkintilloch, Scotland. His father was a miner and his mother was a housewife who worked as a nursery nurse.
Ray Parry is the team's youngest first-team member. 15 years and 267 days (v. Wolves, October 13, 1951). Peter Shilton is the oldest first-team player. 45 years and 239 days (v. Wolves, 15 May 1995). Only competitive matches are permitted. Joe Smith has the most league goals in a season with 38 in 1920–21. Five players have scored a goal within the first five minutes of a match: John Charles (v. Derby County), Jimmy Armfield, Alan A'Court, Ian Brightwell, and Gary Speed. Three other players have also done so: Dave Watson, Lee Sharpe, and Andy Holden.
There are currently four players under 16 years old on the roster of Bolton Wanderers: Tyrell Warren, Bradley Gunston, Jordan Ramsey, and Dominic Thomas. If any one of them makes his debut this season they will become the youngest ever Bolton players.
Bradley Gunston is the son of Paul Gunston. He is currently playing for Bolton Wanderers' youth team. His brother Tyler plays for Chelsea and his cousin Tom plays for Leeds United A.F.C.. He joined the club at five years old and played seven games before being released by the club. He then returned to the club at eleven years old and now plays for their youth team.
Jordan Ramsey is a young footballer who comes from Cheshire and plays for Bolton Wanderers' youth team. He is considered to be one of the best young midfielders in the country.
Jensen Weir, 15, passed away on November 7, 2017. Dave Beasant, 43 years and 235 days, played against Doncaster Rovers on November 12, 2002. The match was played at St. James's Park and ended in a 1-1 draw.
Beasant made his debut for Wigan in a 3-0 defeat to Stockport County in the Football League Second Division on August 16, 1992. He went on to make 55 appearances for the club, scoring once.
He later moved to Aston Villa where he made over 100 appearances before moving on to West Ham United. With West Ham, he won the FA Cup in 1991-92 and the Charity Shield in 1993. He left the club after making 349 appearances in all competitions.
After leaving West Ham, Beasant had brief spells with Barnsley and Northampton Town before retiring in 2001 at the age of 36. During his time at Wigan, he won two promotions and reached the second round of the UEFA Champions League once.
Beasant's appearance for Wigan against Doncaster in the 2002 Football League One season was his only game in 2002 as the team was relegated from the English Premier League. He returned to the league the following year but was released at the end of the season.
Arsenal's five youngest players in history
Harvey Elliott became the Premier League's youngest player ever. He was only sixteen years and one month old when he made his professional wrestling debut in 2019. He had been training with WWE since he was eleven years old.
The youngest footballer in history was Gavin McCarty from Northern Ireland. He played for Glentoran from 1995 to 1999, scoring 43 goals. At the age of fifteen, he appeared as a guest player for Glentoran in a European competition; according to club records, this makes him the youngest player ever to appear in a UEFA tournament.
He later signed with Derry City, but was forced to leave after playing only three games because he failed to meet the eligibility requirements for underage players. At the age of sixteen, he returned to Glentoran as a first-team substitute, and scored two goals in the 1999-2000 season. He left again at the end of the year, this time without having appeared in any official game. After another unsuccessful trial with Derry City, he retired from football to focus on his studies.
However, on 7 October 2016, it was reported that McCarty had been killed in a car crash in Northern Ireland. He was only twenty years old.
Another young footballer who died during his career was Kevin Foley from England.