Footballing oldies still kicking
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