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Cameron Walters becomes the Robins' youngest player

18 October 2022

Cameron Walters will become the youngest first team player in Cheltenham Town's history when he starts tonight's Papa John's Trophy group stage match against West Ham United Under-21s.

At the age of only 16 years and 9 days he becomes the youngest player by some distance and because he is still a member of the academy Under-16 squad, the club had to obtain the permission of both his parents and his school to select him for the match.

Cameron breaks the record previously held by Will Armitage, although that record itself had been up for some dispute in recent months.

Some of the club's older fans have pointed out that two players made their debuts at young ages in the Midland Floodlit Cup competition during the late 1960s.

For a while it was debated whether the Midland Floodlit Cup counted as a full first team competition but recent research suggests that the media coverage at the time classified it as 'first team' for the period that the club entered during the 1960s and again in the 1980s.

The two players to appear at young ages back then were Dave Lewis, who first played for the club at the age of 16 years and 106 days before going on to become the Robins' all-time top goal scorer and a club legend. The other player was a lesser known local youngster named Martin Eeles, who first played at the age of 16 years and 84 days.

Cameron Walters is therefore the youngester player to appear in the first team by a full 75 days.

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