13-year-old makes debut for first division clubs and breaks British record

Northern Ireland teenager Christopher Atherton has set a record for the youngest ever player to play in British professional football at 13 years and 329 days. The student came on as a second-half substitute for Glenavon FC in the Northern Ireland League Cup match against Dollingstown (6-0) and even provided the assist for the final.

The previous record was held by Jordan Allan, who made his debut for Airdrie against Livingston in April 2013 at the age of 14 years and 191 days. His successor, Atherton, missed the world record loudly BBC just ten days: Souleymane Mamam, who was 13 years and 319 days old when he played for Togo in the World Cup qualifier against Zambia in May 2001, keeps it.

Atherton was supposed to make his first professional appearance last season, as Glenavon’s team manager Gary Hamilton revealed on the club’s YouTube channel.

However, his planned appearance on the last matchday did not materialize because the young attacking player was attending a Celtic match with his father at the same time.


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