Bristol Rovers Forward Becomes Youngest Ever Football League Goalscorer

Retouched photo of Bristol Rovers squad of years gone by
Retouched photo of Bristol Rovers squad of years gone by

3 March 1928 – Aged just 15 years and 180 days a young striker named Ronnie Dix became the youngest player to ever score in the Football League. A record that still stands to this day.

Dix scored just 7 days after his debut for Bristol Rovers, bagging the record-breaking goal in a Third Division fixture against Norwich.

The youngest player to score in the Premier League is James Vaughan. The striker netted on his Everton debut in 2005 aged 16 years and 267 days. But Vaughan doesn’t hold the top flight record.

That honour is held by Jason Dozzell who scored in a 1984 match aged 16 years and 57 days.

Ronnie Dix briefly held the record for youngest Football League player also, but was ousted in 1929 by Albert Geldard who was just 15 days younger on debut.

The youngest league player record is now held by current Rochdale player Reuben Noble-Lazarus who in 2008 made his Barnsley debut aged 15 years and 45 days.