Sports | A 13-year-old Northern Irish schoolboy becomes the youngest footballer in the UK

By La Provence (with AFP)

Northern Ireland student Christopher Atherton became the youngest British footballer to play for a major team at the age of 13 when he played in a League Cup match on Tuesday.

It was fired by the coach of Glenavon, a club that plays in the Northern Ireland First Division, during the second half of the match, which Dollingstown won (6-0).

Christopher Atherton, at 13 years 329 days, is better than the old record of maturity held by Irishman Eamonn Collins for 42 years, who debuted with Blackpool at 14 years 323 days, in 1980.

“He can see this as a reward for his investment in training.”the Northern Ireland FC coach said over a microphone Sky Sports. “We started him in training for the first team last year and he showed himself perfectly in his place.”Gary Hamilton added.

“To be able, at such a young age, to train with the guys and be so comfortable, all the guys found it cool”The coach reassured, before adding that it was still too early to speculate about his future in football.

His predecessor in British football records, Eamonn Collins, had a modest career, with his three matches for Ireland’s Under-21 team being his greatest achievement.

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