City's Youngest Ever Players
This page, listing the ten youngest players ever to play for City, is based on an article that appeared in The Press on 27th November 2010.
Reg Stockill 15 years 281 days: Right-winger who played for England Schoolboys and scored Cityís first-ever goal in the Football League. Amazingly, with further first-team chances limited, he was allowed to leave for Scarborough. Went on to play for Arsenal and Derby, who he helped finish first division runners-up before injury ended his career. Some say his goal against Wigan makes him the youngest ever league scorer. What's the chance of another 15 year old playing for City?
Lee Grant 16 yrs 106 days: Centre-back who joined Aston Villa after one brief substitute outing for City. Played in an FA Youth Cup final featuring future England internationals Adam Johnson, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gary Cahill and David Wheater. Returned to York during Cityís first Conference season but drifted out of the game after a subsequent trial with Southport.
Mick Astbury 16 yrs 298 days: Played in the famous FA Cup final victory over Arsenal and 1985 games against Liverpool. Had a spell as Cityís number one before plying his trade in the lower leagues with the likes of Peterborough, Darlington, Chester and Chesterfield.
Marco Gabbiadini 17 yrs 67 days: Hit a hat-trick for City at the tender age of 18 after becoming the first apprentice to turn professional under Denis Smith, who later took him to Sunderland. City made £750,000 when Gabbiadini moved on to Crystal Palace for £1.8million as part of a sell-on clause. He bagged a total of 226 League goals during a prolific career.
Scott Jordan 17 yrs 90 days: Scored the goal that ultimately saw off the challenge of Manchester United in Cityís famous 1995 League Cup victory. Previously been a much heralded member of the City team that reached the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup. Moved to Scarborough, though, before leaving the professional game at the age of 27.
Steve Tutill 17 yrs 97 days: Former England schoolboy international, who once attracted the interest of Manchester United. Went on to become City skipper and served the club with distinction for a decade before joining Darlington. Later spent time in prison as a prison officer.
Colin Addison 17 yrs 119 days: Played in the 1958/9 division four promotion-winning side before leaving for a then club record £12,000 to Nottingham Forest. Went on to join Arsenal and Sheffield United before achieving success as the manager who guided Hereford to one of the biggest FA Cup shocks ever, their 2-1 win over Newcastle in 1972. Also Ron Atkinsonís number two.
Adam Boyes 17 yrs 135 days: Tracked by the likes of Manchester United, Middlesbrough and Tottenham after breaking into Cityís Conference side. Left for Scunthorpe (about £50,000) where has career stalled, just one 89th-minute appearance as a sub to show for his 17 months before his 3 year contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
Lev Yalcin 17 yrs 173 days: Former Turkish youth international who was pursued by top clubs in that country and Belgium before failing to come to terms with non-League football at City. Later played for numerous north east non league clubs, including Whitby, Billingham, Stokesley and Spennymoor. Also worked on North Sea oil rigs.
Glenn Naylor 17 yrs 190 days: Enjoyed a respectable strike-rate after breaking through at City with 32 goals from 87 starts. Left for Darlington, however, after finding it difficult to nail down a regular place at his home city club. One of 3 City players to make the cover of new frontiers.
So, anyone fancy that lot? Especially the more recent players.