Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy has spoken about the steps he had to take to make his professional debut at Hamilton.
At the tender age of 15, the current Eagles midfielder made his debut for Accies as a substitute against Queen of the South. In doing so, he became the youngest player to play for Hamilton in the 21st century.
Now McCarthy has said that he had to obtain a note from his school to make his Accies swansong.
He told the Daily Record (The Winner, page 6, 02/11/19): “I was a kid then but I didn’t have to beg him (his headteacher). The club went to the school, everything was fine.
“Suddenly I was playing first-team football! It was a real eye-opener but I had good people around me, good family. No one let my feet get off the ground.”
McCarthy was a Hamilton history maker
His full debut came against Airdrie on November 11 2006, one day prior to his 16th birthday. In January 2007 against Livingston, at 16 years and 55 days old, McCarthy became the youngest scorer in Accies’ history.
Since his fruitful spell in South Lanarkshire, where he made one appearance short of 100, the 28-year-old has enjoyed decent spells down south with Everton and Wigan.
McCarthy’s currently at Selhurst Park and has made eight appearances in the Premier League this term, albeit most of them coming from the bench.
No matter what happens now though, the current Eagles midfielder will always be a modern day Hamilton hero.