Football: Scorer of first league goal identified after 125 years; player belonged to Bolton
LONDON (REUTERS) - A 125-year-old mystery surrounding the scorer of the world's first league goal has ended with the publication of a new book identifying James Kenyon "Kenny" Davenport of Bolton Wanderers as the man.
The world's first league fixtures took place on Sept 8, 1888 when the English League began with five matches including Bolton Wanderers' home game against Derby County.
This season marks the 125th anniversary of the League and researchers were determined to establish the scorer of the first goal, which had been widely credited as an own goal by Aston Villa's Gershom Cox against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The breakthrough came when Robert Boyling, a researcher at a newspaper library, discovered an advert showing that the Villa match kicked off half an hour later than previously thought, at 3.30pm.