Academy Director Mark Allen described George Evans’ debut at Sunderland on Tuesday night as a “phenomenal achievement”.
The 20-year old lifelong City fan was introduced as a late substitute in the 4-1 win to complete a 14-year journey from the under-8s to the first-team.
In doing so, he joined Chris Chantler to have represented every single age group of the Academy, right through to the first-team.
“For a player to play at every level in the football club from under 8 to first-team is a fantastic achievement and to do it at Manchester City is phenomenal,” Allen declared.
“I am so pleased that it is George Evans who has achieved this as he displays the values that are so important to this club every single day.”
George began training with the club after he was spotted playing for Cheadle and Gatley Juniors in a youth tournament in Didsbury as a six-year old alongside fellow EDS regular, George Glendon.
While he had been named on the bench in a couple of UEFA Champions League group stage matches and had even scored for the first-team in a friendly against Toronto, George had never appeared in a competitive match for the seniors until last night.
Even after the full-time whistle had sounded, the youngster was still pinching himself.
“It was best day of my life by far. I’m a big city fan - I’m lost for words,” he told mcfc.co.uk.
“It was unbelievable getting my debut. There is no feeling like it. I’m delighted - hopefully I can kick on and get some more games.
“My family have been unbelievable with me since the age of six. They’ve been an unbelievable support. I couldn’t have done this without them.
“This one is for my granddad.”
George in the under-8s (second right)
Son of former Blue Ronnie Evans, George was congratulated by fellow Academy graduate Paul Lake shortly after the game on Twitter.
“What an achievement. Couldn’t happen to a nicer lad,” Lake tweeted.