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Gills' Freeman makes Cup history


The Football Association have confirmed that Gillingham striker Luke Freeman has become the youngest player ever to appear in the FA Cup proper.

At 15 years and 233 days, he came on for the last seven minutes of their 2-1 defeat to Barnet, breaking the record of Derby's Lee Holmes by 44 days.

He has also become Gillingham's youngest ever player, beating Billy Hughes' record by 26 days.

"It was a special moment for me and one I will always remember," said Freeman.

"The gaffer called me into his office leading up to the game and I was expecting him to perhaps say well done on some of my recent performances, I never expected him to give me my chance with the first team."

The youngest player to appear in any round of the FA Cup (including qualifying rounds) is Andy Awford, who played for Worcester City in a third qualifying round tie against Boreham Wood in October 1987 - aged 15 years and 88 days.

see also
Stimson livid after Gills defeat
11 Nov 07 |  Gillingham
Barnet 2-1 Gillingham
10 Nov 07 |  FA Cup

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