Foot­balling oldies still kick­ing

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

EV­ER­GREEN foot­ballers from Poyn­ton are mem­bers of what could be the old­est team on the planet.

Bramhall 69ers, a five aside team, are aged be­tween 59 and 63 and have a com­bined age of 423.

The lads have been play­ing to­gether since 1972 and have clocked up a list of in­juries in­clud­ing, bro­ken an­kles, a dis­lo­cated shoul­der, cracked ribs and plenty of torn mus­cles and lig­a­ments.

But the award to most se­ri­ous goes to Paul Kenyon, 61, who runs Cling­foil in Poyn­ton, who lost ten cen­time­tres of in­tes­tine when he needed an op­er­a­tion af­ter an awk­ward tackle.

Manch­ester United fan Paul said: “The weekly game at Hazel Grove High School is more fun than watch­ing United at Old Traf­ford th­ese days. We’ve been play­ing since the days when Ge­orge Best graced the pitch at the Theatre of Dreams.”

Sales man­ager Kev Wil­sher, who lives in Poyn­ton, said his body is start­ing to give up un­der the strain, adding: “I won’t be play­ing when I am 69 - it’s very likely this will be my last sea­son, but it’s been bril­liant play­ing with this lot for the last 43 years.”

Old­est mem­ber Barry Richard­son, 63, col­lected the Player-of-the-Year award last month. ●● DO you know an older team? Email the news­desk.

●● Bramhall 69ers: Back Row (left to right) Chris Bur­nett, Kevin Will­sher, Rod Worne, Phil Hod­kin­son Front Row (left to right): Paul Kenyon, Barry Richard­son, Tommy Muir­head

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