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8 November 2017

City defender Reece Staunton made history on Tuesday evening by become the youngest ever player to represent the football club in a first team fixture.

Aged only 15 years and 322 days at the time, Staunton was brought on for the final fifteen minutes of the Bantams' Checkatrade Trophy group match with Rotherham United at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Staunton beat the record previously held by Robert Cullingford, who was 16 years and 141 days old when he played for City against Mansfield Town back in April 1970.

The 15 year-old centre half was handed a two-year academy scholarship at the football club back in September, with a one-year professional contract to follow automatically afterwards.

A pupil at Bradford Academy Secondary School, Staunton joined City at Under-12 level and has continued to develop at a rapid rate under the guidance of the academy staff.

He made his debut in the Under 18s while still part of the Under 15s set-up last season, progressing onwards to become a regular starter with the Youth Team this campaign.

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