Craig Wighton re-wrote Dundee’s history books on Saturday when he became the club’s youngest-ever scorer in a competitive game.
His six-yard header to seal victory over Raith Rovers came at the ripe old age of 16 years 3 months and 13 days.
By our reckoning, that made him four months and 16 days younger than a certain Jocky Scott was when he scored not once but twice during an old First Division trip to Dundee United in September 1964.
In beating the legendary Jocky’s record, Wighton also joined an exclusive Dens Park club made up of stars who grabbed their first top-team goals while still only 16.
The local lad is in illustrious company and, if he achieves the same kind of success of some of his fellow-members, he’ll have a long and successful career.
The Tele looks at those who also burst on the scene with a goal at an early age.
The ‘Penalty King’ of DensAndy Penman:
As well as being the youngest-ever first-team player at Dundee he was still a couple of weeks short of his 16th birthday when he made his debut in February 1959 the inside-forward established himself as a first-team regular before turning 17.
His first goal came in a thumping New Year’s day victory at Aberdeen when he grabbed the final goal in a 4-1 hammering of the Dons.
By the time he left for Rangers in 1967, Penman had amassed 141 goals in just over 300 appearances, with a fair proportion coming from 12 yards out, earning him the nickname “The Penalty King”.
Penman, of course, was a member of the championship-winning side of 1961/62.
The entertaining wingerIain Anderson:
When he netted from the penalty spot during a 4-0 win over Hibs on the final day of the 1993/94 campaign, Iain Anderson was two-and-a-half months short of his 17th birthday and became the SPL’s youngest scorer at that point.
Then regarded as one of the most exciting talents in the country, the wide man never quite fulfilled his potential.
He would still go on to play over 100 times in his two-spell Dundee career and his entertaining style made him a favourite with fans.
Anderson’s was a much-travelled career.
He spent time at a number of clubs like French outfit Toulouse, Preston North End, Grimsby Town and, back in Scotland, Ross County.
Legend’s first goal came in derby clashJocky Scott:
Like Penman, Wighton’s predecessor as the youngest-ever scorer in the club’s history enjoys legendary status at Dens.
Jocky Scott joined the Dark Blues in 1964 after wanting to return to Scotland from a spell as a member of Chelsea’s youth squad.
That marked the beginning of an on-off association that included two spells as a player and three as manager before his last departure in 2010.
He is one of only five men to have broken the 400 appearances barrier for Dundee and his goals in that 1964 derby were the first of 154 in Dark Blue.
Scott was a star of the 1973 League Cup winning side and was again successful in the competition during a spell at hometown club Aberdeen in 1976.
His header was no surpriseCraig Wighton:
But for modern rules, Wighton also might have been the club’s youngest-ever player.
Last season, manager John Brown wanted to give him a taste of first-team action but was told he would have to wait until the superkid turned 16 in July.
That he’s already making up for lost time in terms of performances and goals has come as no surprise to anyone at Dens Park.
For two or three years now, the football community have known about him and had he not opted to sign for his boyhood heroes, he would have been snapped up by any one of a number of English clubs, many of whom remain regular watchers.