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Bury striker becomes first 21st Century-born player

Callum Styles was born in 2000. Credit: Bury

Bury striker Callum Styles has become the first player born in the 21st century to feature in the Football League.

The teenager replaced Anthony Dudley in the 75th minute of the Shakers' 3-2 win over Southend on Sunday aged just 16 years and 41 days, having been born on March 28 2000, according to The Times.

The newspaper reported the English National Football Archive (ENFA) had confirmed no other player born since the Millennium has appeared for a league club in a senior match.

Styles, who still plays for Bury's Under-16 side, failed to become the club's youngest-ever player though, with their record held by Jimmy Kerr at 16 years and 15 days.

This month, West Brom striker Jonathan Leko became the first player born in 1999 to start a Barclays Premier League game when he was given a full debut in the Baggies' 3-0 defeat to West Ham.


Police concern for missing 14-year-old girl from Bury

Sophie Holmes, 14, is reported missing. Credit: Great Manchester Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned about a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since Tuesday.

Sophie Holmes, pictured above, was last seen at around 6.15pm two days ago in Whitefield near Bury, Great Manchester Police said.

She is described as white, slim and around 5ft tall with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.

The teenager was wearing dark leggings with an orange aztec pattern, black trainers, a grey hooded jumper and a leopard-print gillet.

Anyone with any knowledge of her whereabout is asked to call their local police station on 101.

Police: Man wanted for 'wiping excrement on women'

The man is described as being white, aged 45 to 50, of medium build and around 5ft 8in to 6ft tall. Credit: Police

Police have released an image of a man wanted in connection with wiping excrement on two women in Ramsbottom, near Bury, Greater Manchester.

Police said a 46-year-old woman fell victim to the man at the Oakes pub on Bridge Street in October:

"A man walked into the men’s toilets before approaching the woman. He appeared to wipe something on her arm before walking off. It was only when he walked away that she realised it was excrement," police said.

Another similar incident took place regarding a 52-year-old woman later that month.

Police Constable Rachael Allen said: “The image captured on CCTV is very clear and I believe that someone will recognise the man. If you do, I urge you to contact police."


Bury deny reports that Rangers are buying the club

Newspapers have reported that Scottish club Rangers are looking to buy League One side Bury so that they can play in England.

The Scottish club were bought last week by Charles Green for £6 million but are in liquidation. However, Bury have issued a statement refuting the claims:

Whilst investment into Bury Football Club is always welcome, any offer of investment will only be viewed at taking the club forward in its only one guise possible -based in the town of Bury, and as Bury Football Club.

The directors of Bury FC place the integrity and morality of the club, and football as a whole, way above and beyond any possible financial gain, and as such wish to reassure all Shakers fans of this fact