Image above: Justin Clarke (right)
Justin Clarke makes history as youngest player to join AFC Wimbledon
Justin Clarke, a Year 11 student at Chiswick School, has made history by becoming the youngest player to join AFC Wimbledon’s ranks. He got his chance in an EFL Trophy match against League One Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on Saturday (18 November).
Justin, a striker, had been training impressively after moving from Chelsea’s development programme to the Dons. Despite his debut, the team faced a tough one-nil defeat.
Sharing his experience, Justin said:
“I missed school on Friday to train with the first team for the day. I’ve just had my mocks as well. School and exams are important too. The players welcomed me in, and they involved me in everything. It was a good feeling”.
Looking ahead, Justin is determined to make an impact within the first team, setting his sights on future goals.
Mr. Gorvin, Assistant Head at Chiswick School, praised Justin’s achievement and his commitment to balancing academic life with sports, saying:
“This was a great opportunity for Justin, and he did brilliantly. We are proud of his achievements and his dedication to school”.