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Posted on: Fri 04 Nov 2011
Jordon Ibe's appearance for the Blues in last night's Carling Cup success over Colchester United has broken the club record for the youngest player to represent the club since entering the Football League.

The skilful attacker replaced Scott Donnelly in extra-time to eclipse the record set by Kadeem Harris by almost an entire year, at the age of 15 years and 244 days. Harris was 16 years and 201 days when he appeared against Yeovil Town on Boxing Day in 2009.

Kevin Keen holds the club's all-time record, featuring for Wycombe in the Isthmian League in 1982 aged 15 years and 209 days - just five weeks younger than Ibe.

Having watched both Ibe and Harris impress during the victory at Adams Park, manager Gary Waddock said: "The future looks good with players like them breaking into the group.

"To give them match time at first-team level in competitive games can only help their development and they can take a lot of confidence from it."

Ibe burst onto the scene in the club's opening pre-season friendly at Staines Town, firing home in style to make it 5-0 after jinking past a number of defenders.

The teenager was also part of the senior side's practice game against Chelsea, coming up against Ashley Cole and John Terry in an impressive display.

A regular in the Blues' under 18 side last season, Ibe recently joined the youngsters for the League Football Education tournament in Holland, creating an assist in the 3-0 victory over SVV Youth.


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