Reuben Noble-Lazarus

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Reuben Noble-Lazarus
Personal information
Full name Reuben Courtney Noble-Lazarus
Date of birth (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Huddersfield, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Left winger
Club information
Current club Barnsley
Number 24
Youth career
2005–2008 Barnsley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– Barnsley 41 (3)
2013–2014 Scunthorpe United (loan) 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:05, 26 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Reuben Courtney Noble-Lazarus (born 16 August 1993) is an English footballer who currently plays for Barnsley as a striker or winger.[1]

Career[edit]

At 15 years and 45 days old, he became the youngest player ever to feature in a Football League match when he came on as a substitute during Barnsley's 3–0 Championship defeat by Ipswich Town on 30 September 2008.[1]

The previous weekend, Noble-Lazarus had scored a hat-trick for the Barnsley under-18 team,[2] for whom he had played since he was 12 years old,[3] and was selected as a substitute for the senior team's visit to Portman Road. Coming on in the 84th minute of the match to replace Martin Devaney, Noble-Lazarus surpassed the record set by Bradford Park Avenue's Albert Geldard in September 1929, and equalled by Welshman Ken Roberts for Wrexham F.C. in 1951, by 113 days.[1] He was too young to be paid for his appearance – Barnsley manager Simon Davey joked he would be given pizza and a ham sandwich for his efforts – [4] and was due to return to Newsome High School[5] in Huddersfield the following day.[6][7]

Davey had wanted to play Noble-Lazarus in the League Cup earlier in the season but was prevented from doing so by the competition's rules, which prohibit the selection of players under the age of 15.[7] The club has made an agreement with Noble-Lazarus' school to allow him to train with the club for two days each week.[1] Davey has said that the club will "nurture" Noble-Lazarus by ensuring that he is "...dipped in and dipped back out..." of the team.[8] Noble-Lazarus was included in Barnsley's squad to face Doncaster Rovers the weekend after his debut, making another substitute appearance when he came on for Iain Hume in the 87th minute.[9]

Under new boss Mark Robins, Noble-Lazarus was used twice as a substitute towards the end of the 2009/10 season.[10] He made his first senior start against Doncaster in a 2–2 draw on 25 April 2011, and scored his first senior goal as a substitute against Millwall on the last day of the 2010/11 season.

On 12 November 2013, Reuben signed on loan at League Two side Scunthorpe United until 1 January 2014.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 May 2013.[12]
England
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-Offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2013–14 Barnsley Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2012–13 Championship 14 1 1 0 0 0 15 1 1 0
2011–12 Championship 8 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
2010–11 Championship 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0
2009–10 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2008–09 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Career Total 34 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 2 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Barnsley schoolboy makes history". BBC Sport. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Full time from The Oakwell Academy". Barnsley F.C. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Starlet poised for first-team spot". Eurosport (Yahoo!). 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-10-01. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Back to school for the 15-year-old who has become the Football League's youngest ever player". Daily Mail (London). 1 October 2008. 
  5. ^ Peal, Janet (2010-04-27). "Newsome High School". 
  6. ^ Bulstrode, Mark (2008-09-30). "Davey won't rush Noble-Lazarus". Sporting Life. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  7. ^ a b Henderson, Mel (2008-10-01). "Ipswich 3 Barnsley 0". The Sun (London: News Group Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  8. ^ "Ipswich 3–0 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  9. ^ "Barnsley 4–1 Doncaster". BBC Sport. 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  10. ^ "Ipswich Town vs Barnsley". Barnsley FC. 2010-03-20. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  11. ^ "Noble-Lazarus Joins On Loan". www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk. 12 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 

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