Northern Irish schoolboy Christopher Atherton became the youngest British footballer to play for the senior team at the age of 13 in a League Cup match on Tuesday.
The coach of Glenavon, a club playing in the Northern Irish First Division, launched it in the second half of the match against Dollingtown (6-0).
Christopher Atherton, aged 13 years and 329 days, equaled the previous record by 42 years held by Irishman Eamon Collins, who made his debut for Blackpool in 1980, aged 14 years and 323 days.
“He can see it as a reward for his investment in training.”said the coach of the Northern Irish club on the mic Sky Sports. “Last year we started bringing him into training for the A team and he showed that he is perfect in his position”Gary Hamilton added.
“To be able to train and be comfortable with men at such a young age was impressive for all the players.”assured the coach before adding that it was too early to predict his future in football.
His predecessor in British football history, Eamonn Collins, had a modest career, his greatest achievement being three caps for the Ireland Under-21 team.
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