John Bostock had joined Tottenham from Crystal Palace the previous summer for a fee of £700,000 which had been settled by a tribunal. Bostock had come to the attention of the football world and the media the previous October when he made his debut for Palace as a 15 year-old. While still at school, he made 4 League and one FA Cup appearance for Palace.
On this day, 6th November, 2008, Spurs youngest play made his first team debut, coming on as a late substitute in a UEFA Cup tie against Dinamo Zagreb.
His transfer to Tottenham appeared to be the first step to a glittering career in football. He was 16 years and 295 days when he made his Tottenham debut. Spurs were winning 4 – 0 when Bostock came on in the 78th minute. In that game he had an effort on goal which went just past the post but in his short time on the pitch he showed he was a talented youngster.
Bostock made two further appearances for Spurs in the UEFA Cup that season. His career, however, stalled and he went out on loan to a number of clubs before making another appearance as a substitute against Cheltenham Town the the FA Cup in January, 2012.
Last summer, Tottenham released Bostock and he joined Royal Antwerp in Belgium.
Youngest Tottenham PlayersAlly Dick had been Tottenham’s youngest player until Bostock replaced him. Dick had made his debut at home to Manchester City in February, 1982 at the age of 16 years 301 days. He is the youngest player to appear for Spurs in a League game.
Andy Turner is the youngest player to appear in the Premier League for Spurs. He made his debut at Southampton at the age of 17 years 145 days in August, 1992.
The youngest Tottenham goalscorer in a League game is Frank Saul who was 17 years and 18 days when he made his debut against Bolton Wanderers in September, 1960 and then scored against Arsenal in a 1st Division match three days later.