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The youngest Spurs team to win a trophy was the 1984 UEFA Cup winning team. 

The average age of the 13 players involved was 24 years and 169 days.

This is younger than the 1981 FA Cup winning side, who were averagely aged 25 years and 135 days and the 1971 League Cup winners at 25 years and 137 days.


Aaron Lennon is the youngest ever Spur player to take part at a World Cup Finals tournament when he came on as a 58th minute substitute for England against Trinidad & Tobago on June 15 2006.

Aged 19 years 60 days, Aaron took the previous record off Jimmy Greaves who played against Hungary at Rancagua, Chile on 31st May 1962, aged 22 years 100 days.

Welsh legend Cliff Jones had held the record prior to that, at 23 years 121 days, also against Hungary, at Sandviken, Sweden on 8th June  1958.

Paul Gascoigne now sits third in our all time list of youngest World Cup Finals players, aged 23 years 15 days when he played against the Republic of Ireland at Italia 90.

Two other players featured prior to reaching their 24th birthday; Mel Hopkins in the same fixture as Cliff aged 23 years 213 days; and Sol Campbell 23 years 270 days when facing Tunisia at France 98.

Aaron can also claim the mantle as our youngest ever England player at full international level as his appearance against Jamaica on 3rd June 2006 ranks him as the 16th youngest ever England player since 1872.

The record as England's youngest Spur has been held for a long time by Jimmy Dimmock who was 20 years 125 days when he made his England debut on 9th April 1921 against Scotland.

He held the club record until 3rd October 1964 when Pat Jennings won his first Full cap as a Spurs player, for Northern Ireland against England.

Mike England was the youngest captain Wales had appointed at the time, aged just 22 years and 135 days, for a Home International against Northern Ireland on 15th April 1964 at the Vetch Field, Swansea.

Other teenage international Spurs are ...

18 years 140 days Jonathon Blondel for Belgium v Poland 21st August 2002.
19 years 48 days Aaron Lennon for England v Jamaica 3rd June 2006.
19 years 69 days Reto Ziegler for Switzerland v France  26th March 2005.
19 years 113 days Pat Jennings for Northern Ireland v England 3rd October 1964.
19 years 172 days Chris McGrath for Northern Ireland v Scotland 11th May 1974.
19 years 290 days Jimmy Robertson for Scotland v Wales 3rd October 1964. 


John Bostock's UEFA Cup substitute appearance at home to Dinamo Zagreb on 6th November 2008 made him the youngest European Spur at the age of 16 years and 295 days.

He takes his place at the head of a list featuring some top names and just beating his Academy team-mate Ryan Mason, who was 17 years and 167 days old when he came on to replace David Bentley in the away UEFA Cup tie at NEC Nijmegen on 27th November 2008. 

Other teenage European Spurs debutants are ....

18 years 66 days Gareth Bale v Anorthosis (Greece) (Home UEFA Cup) 20th September 2007
18 years 70 days Frank Saul v Feyenoord (Holland) (Away European Cup) 1st November 1961
18 years 76 days Jon Obika v NEC Nijmegen (Holland) (Away UEFA Cup) 27th November 2008
18 years 94 days Richard Cooke v Bayern Munich (Germany) (Home UEFA Cup) 7th December 1983
18 years 119 days Adel Taarabt v Anorthosis (Greece) (Home UEFA Cup) 20th September 2007
18 years 131 days Graeme Souness v Keflavik (Iceland) (Away UEFA Cup) 14th September 1971
18 years 212 days Ally Dick v Bayern Munich (Germany) (Away UEFA Cup) 23rd November 1983
19 years 59 days Chris Gunter v Wisla Krakow (Poland) (Home UEFA Cup) 18th September 2008
19 years 130 days Giovani Dos Santos v Wisla Krakow (Poland) (Home UEFA Cup) 18th September 2008
19 years 186 days Aaron Lennon v Besiktas (Turkey) (Away UEFA Cup) 19th October 2006
19 years 238 days David Tuttle v Hadjuk Spilt (Yugoslavia) (Home European Cup Winners Cup) 2nd October 1991
19 years 243 days Tony Parks v Coleraine (Northern Ireland) (Home European Cup Winners Cup) 28th September 1982
19 years 252 days Phil Holder v Keflavik (Iceland) (Home UEFA Cup) 28th September 1971
19 years 259 days Ian Hendon v SV Sparkasse Stockerau (Austria) (Away European Cup Winners Cup) 21st August 1991
19 years 260 days Tom Huddlestone v Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) 14th September 2006
19 years 267 days Steve Perryman v Keflavik (Iceland)  (Away UEFA Cup) 14th September 1971
19 years 279 days Terry Gibson v Coleraine (Northern Ireland) (Home European Cup Winners Cup) 28th September 1982
19 years 308 days Ian Walker v SV Sparkasse Stockerau (Austria) (Home European Cup Winners Cup) 4th September 1991
19 years 329 days   Chris McGrath v Aberdeen (Away UEFA Cup) 24th October 1973

Of the above, Frank Saul is the youngest scorer having hit the net on his debut.











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