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There Was A Remarkable Coincidence To Andre Dozell's Debut Goal For Ipswich

There Was A Remarkable Coincidence To Andre Dozell's Debut Goal For Ipswich
By Gavan Casey

You might remember former Everton striker James Vaughan as the youngest scorer in Premier League history.

It's Jason Dozzell, however, who remains the youngest scorer in the history of English top-flight football, scoring on his debut for Ipswich at 16 years and 57 days.

That goal arrived in 1984, and Dozzell carved out a successful career for himself: after seven years at Portman Road, he played for Spurs, Northampton and Colchester.

A full 32 years on, and Dozzell's son, Andre, followed in his father's footsteps. Aged 16, Dozzell Jr made his first team debut for the same club, Ipswich, during a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. You can probably guess the rest...

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Andre Dozzell didn't quite break his father's record, mind - he turns 17 at the start of next month - but it's still a beautiful coincidence.

According to reports, Dozzell had already been turning the heads of Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham scouts before his goal, so Mick McCarthy will have a job on his hands to keep the England underage international at Portman Road for long.

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