15-Year-Old Luke Matheson Returns From School To Pick Up MOTM On Debut

Luke Matheson walked into school this morning as Rochdale's youngest ever debutant.

Not only that, but the 15-year-old could have easily strolled into his Wednesday's Maths lesson with a Man of the Match award under his arm. That's right, the youngster played an absolute blinder in the Checkatrade Trophy win over League One side Bury, last night.

He didn't even start the game, but came on as a sub. Now that's how to make an impact.

Matheson received plenty of praise from manager Keith Hill after the club's 2-1 victory over their local rivals, showing experience beyond his years.

"Luke Matheson - wow!" said Hill via Rochdale's official website.

"That first-half was a little insight into what we see on the training pitch. Jim McNulty came over when it was obvious Connor Randall had a serious injury, asked me if I was putting Luke Matheson on. We know what he can do. It's not a leap of faith, because we know what he can do.

"The supporters were receptive to Luke, and the players are and were as well. He's been training with the first team whilst he's not been at school during the summer and I'm really pleased for him that he got his chance. They're special nights when that happens.

"He was outstanding."

Matheson trained with the squad in the summer holidays and clearly impressed enough to earn some minutes against Bury.

Fair bloody play. What were you doing at the age of 15? Cheers for making us feel that little bit older today, Luke.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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