Premier League’s youngest scorer is now retired and working as sporting director

The Premier League's youngest ever goalscorer, James Vaughan, has found a new spot in football as the sporting football at Tranmere Rovers.

In 2005, at just 16 years and 271 days old, David Moyes decided to send on Vaughan as Everton took on Leicester. Vaughan, who was already Everton's youngest player ever, prodded home to become the Prem's youngest goalscorer.

"People will make comparisons with Wayne Rooney but they are different players," Allan Irvine said after the game. "It was terrific for him just to get on so to score made it a dream debut. Young players tend to get their chance when you end up with no-one else to put in."

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However, Vaughan only notched a further six times in the Premier League for Everton – and he was let go in 2011.

From Merseyside, Vaughan travelled to Norwich, Huddersfield, and Birmingham City: starting a journeyman career that saw Vaughan gradually drop down the pyramid. In 2020, Vaughan moved back to Merseyside with Tranmere.

The striker spent one season with Rovers before hanging up his boots for good in 2021.

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However, Vaughan is now back at Tranmere as their new sporting director.

Tranmere Chairman, Mark Palios said: “We are delighted that James has accepted the role as Sporting Director. He has a clear understanding of what makes a Tranmere player and how we want to play.

"James has recently worked alongside Steve Beck who will continue to advise regarding the recruitment process.

"His appointment is another step in the restructuring of the Club’s footballing processes which has been ongoing since the decision to exit the academy system four years ago.”


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