By Peter McLaren-Kennedy •
Updated: 14 Sep 2022 • 17:25
Christopher Atherton - Image Twitter Glenavon FC
Northern Irish schoolboy Christopher Atherton appeared for Glenavon coming on as a substitute in the 75th minute on September 9. However, his record as the youngest footballer was only confirmed today September 14.
His appearance breaks a 42-year-old record
A 13-year-old boy has become the youngest senior footballer in the UK after coming on as a substitute for his team in a cup match to break a 42-year-old record.
– and had an immediate impact by setting up his side’s final goal with his first touch in senior football.
His club called Atherton’s contribution “an amazing debut” as he helped his side secure a 6-0 victory over Dollingstown in the Northern Ireland League Cup.
Atherton’s debut came at the age of 13 years and 329 days breaking the record set by Eamonn Collins who appeared for Blackpool at the age of 14 years and 323 days. That game was also a cup game in an Anglo-Scottish tie against Kilmarnock at Bloomfield Road.
Hopes are high for Atherton who showed what he was capable of, with the club hoping that he can follow in the footsteps of other young players including Collins who went on to play for Southampton, Portsmouth, Colchester and Exeter.
Spectators were treated to a polished display as the 13-year-old scores on the day he became the UK’s youngest senior league on record, with many looking forward to his next appearance.
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“had an immediate impact by setting up his side’s final goal with his first touch”. So he didn’t score then? You might want to change the headline which states that he scored…..
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