A child becomes the youngest player to participate in an adult team in British history

15 September, 2022
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A child becomes the youngest player to participate in an adult team in British history

An Irish child entered the history of British football through the wide door, after his participation with his team, Glenavon, in the League Cup in Northern Ireland. Christopher Atherton participated in the second half of the Glenavon match against his counterpart Dollingstown, in the League Cup, at the age of 13 years and 329 days.

With this, Atherton became the youngest player to appear in a first-team match in British football history. And the official account of the Glenafon FC club on Twitter posted a tweet congratulating the young player on this historic achievement.

"Tonight, Glenavon Academy player Christopher Atherton made his first-team debut against Dollingstown in the League Cup," the club wrote. 

He added: "At the age of 13 years and 329 days, he became the youngest player in the United Kingdom to play in a first-team match. Congratulations Christo."

Atherton did not attract attention, as he was only a young player, but he immediately contributed to one of his team's goals, after he provided a decisive pass from which Glenavon scored the sixth and final goal.

Atherton broke the previous record in Britain, which held for 42 years, recorded by Eamonn Collins, when he wore the first team shirt for Blackpool.


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