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Real Name: James Kenyon Davenport
Normal Position: Forward
Born: 23/03/1862 (Bolton)
Died: 29/09/1908

Began his career with Gilnow Rangers FC in Bolton, before joining the towns senior side, Bolton Wanderers FC in 1883. Kenny Davenport is generally credited with scoring the first ever League goal in the world. On 8 September 1888, when the Football League played its first matches, Davenport had scored a hat-trick within the first five minutes for Bolton Wanderers FC against Derby County FC.
Capped twice for England in 1885 and 1890 against Wales and Ireland respectively he scoring two goals in the latter game although according to some newspaper match reports, Davenport didn’t score any of the goals against Ireland, instead giving four, possibly five, goals to Fred Geary. The truth is that several of England’s goals were typical of the time, scored from massed scrimmages in muddy goalmouths.
He joined Southport Central FC during the 1892-93 season and also represented Lancashire FA on at least six occasions.




Statistics include the following competitions
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Challenge Cup, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1892/1893 2106
1893/1894 701
Total 28 0 7


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
02/12/1893 LeagueH BLACKPOOL 1 - 3
25/11/1893 FA Cup / 3QH SOUTH SHORE 3 - 4
21/10/1893 LeagueH FLEETWOOD RANGERS 2 - 0
14/10/1893 FA Cup / 1QH OSWALDTWISTLE ROVERS 9 - 0
07/10/1893 Lancashire Senior Cup / Qualifying 2H FLEETWOOD RANGERS 0 - 1
30/09/1893 LeagueA BLACKPOOL 2 - 7
23/09/1893 LeagueH BARROW 6 - 0
22/04/1893 LeagueH BLACKPOOL 1 - 0
15/04/1893 LeagueH LIVERPOOL 1 - 1
25/03/1893 LeagueH WEST MANCHESTER 4 - 2
11/03/1893 Liverpool Senior Cup / 1A AINTREE CHURCH 4 - 4
04/03/1893 LeagueH SOUTH SHORE 4 - 2
25/02/1893 LeagueA LIVERPOOL 0 - 2
18/02/1893 LeagueA ROSSENDALE 2 - 3
11/02/1893 LeagueH HEYWOOD CENTRAL 1 - 2
04/02/1893 LeagueH BURY 2 - 1
21/01/1893 LeagueA WEST MANCHESTER 0 - 4
14/01/1893 LeagueA SOUTH SHORE 1 - 5
07/01/1893 LeagueH FLEETWOOD RANGERS 0 - 1
24/12/1892 LeagueA BLACKPOOL 1 - 4
17/12/1892 LeagueA BURY 0 - 2
10/12/1892 LeagueA HIGHER WALTON 5 - 2
03/12/1892 LeagueH NELSON 2 - 0
26/11/1892 LeagueA FAIRFIELD 0 - 2
12/11/1892 LeagueH ROSSENDALE 2 - 3
05/11/1892 LeagueH HIGHER WALTON 0 - 1
22/10/1892 LeagueA HEYWOOD CENTRAL 3 - 1
15/10/1892 FA Cup / 1QH BURY 0 - 9

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
14/10/1893FA Cup / 1QH OSWALDTWISTLE ROVERS 9 - 0
25/03/1893LeagueH WEST MANCHESTER 4 - 2
04/03/1893LeagueH SOUTH SHORE 4 - 2
18/02/1893LeagueA ROSSENDALE 2 - 3
10/12/1892LeagueA HIGHER WALTON 5 - 2
03/12/1892LeagueH NELSON 2 - 0
12/11/1892LeagueH ROSSENDALE 2 - 3
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