Nathan Wood Becomes The First 2002-Born Player To Play In Professional English Football
Middlesbrough teenager Nathan Wood never experienced the joys of Pokemon in the 90's. The 16-year-old wasn't around when Kenan And Kel, Saved By The Bell and Renford Rejects were on the tele, for god's sake.
To put things into further perspective, the lad didn't even witness Manchester United's famous treble win in the 99/00 season, which in turn has made me feel really, really old.
At 16 years and 75 days old, Wood became the youngest-ever player to feature in a competitive game for Middlesbrough's first-team, last night, when he came on as a substitute in the second half.against Notts Country.
In fact, he became the first 2002-born player to make an appearance in any of England's professional leagues, or domestic cups, according to Scouted Football.
Now that is seriously impressive.
At 16 years and 75 days old, Nathan Wood is the youngest-ever player to feature in a competitive game for Middlesbrough's first-team.- Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) August 14, 2018
He's also the first 2002-born player to make an appearance in any of England's professional leagues, or domestic cups. pic.twitter.com/RuYZglVHFR
Middlesbrough youngster Nathan Wood made his full senior debut last night.- Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 15, 2018
He is only 16 years 75 days :baby:
Wood breaks the record as he is the first player to be born in 2002 to play professional football :scream: pic.twitter.com/869rPG7DyR
Middlesbrough went on to win the Carabao Cup match on penalties against the League Two side, but Wood's debut grabbed the headlines as Tony Pulis gave the defensive player an opportunity to shine.
Here's how social media reacted to his entrance. It clearly made others feel really, really old too:
Nathan Wood, born in 2002. 2002! :scream: Christ, I was round the back of the shops with a bottle of Lambrini at that age :joy:- Barry Cellnet (@BarryCellnet) August 14, 2018
The fact that I left School 10 years before last nights Boro debutante Nathan Wood was born hit home this morning as I struggled to get out of bed without making all sorts of pain noises. I guess I'm getting old. #nolongerpeterpan- Bobby Z (@BobbyZ1111) August 15, 2018
Nathan Wood-Gordon is the first 2002 born player to play for a Championship club. No 2002 born footballer has yet made an appearance in the Championship. Very few 2001 born players have appeared in the Championship so it's an amazing achievement.- Football Fragmento (@footyfragmento) August 15, 2018
When Boro's latest debutant, Nathan Wood-Gordon, was born, I was 28. I am old.- Paul Hudson (@RockBadger74) August 14, 2018
What a moment for the youngster. Remember the name.