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88-Year-Old LAD Still Plays For His Local Team As A Goalkeeper

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88-Year-Old LAD Still Plays For His Local Team As A Goalkeeper

An elderly bloke has won hearts all around the world after word got round he's still playing for his local football team at the age of 88.

While most people will hold on until their late 30s or even into their 40s until they eventually hang up the boots for good, Alan Camsell is still going strong.

The 88-year-old plays for Penrhyn Bay Stollers FC, which is a walking football team based in Llandudno, Wales.

He told the BBC he didn't find his love for football until well after most people in the UK.

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"I didn't start until I was 40. You know, when I started, I was fast enough to score goals," he said. "But as you get older, you get out of breath and you go back in goal for a breather, and the breathers last longer and longer until I stayed there."

Alan has certainly seen a lot of people come and go through the Penrhyn Bay Stollers in his time and has even met generations of the same family.

"I started with a team of men and over the years they either moved on or left or got too old and it was their sons, then their grandsons," he explained.

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"And eventually I was playing with youngsters of 30 and I was 80. When we came back after lockdown there was a 25-year-old gap between us."

This will probably come as no surprise to people but Alan has been crowned as Britain's oldest footballer.

He says he loves being active at his tender age and while it can put a bit of strain on his body, he loves every second of it.

"I can feel my heart pounding and my breathing going and I know it's doing me good," he explained to the BBC. "I'm still here. 88 and still enjoying it. I'm rather sore on a Saturday, but on a Friday I enjoy it pretty much.

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"I used to think I was doing well, but lately I've realised I'm getting a bit slow. The ball is past me while I'm still diving. So what? It's only fun."

What an absolute legend.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: SPORT, News, Inspirational

Stewart Perrie
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