Britain's oldest footballer, 85, vows back injury will not stop him playing

Britain's oldest footballer, 85, vows back injury will not stop him playing

May 13, 2021

BRITAIN’S oldest footballer is vowing a back injury will not stop him playing — aged 85

Sunday league player Dickie Borthwick hopes his 77-year career is not over.


But he has been sidelined for months and has given himself until August to recover.

He said: “I have thought it could be over but I am hoping it will clear up. I still love the game and I want to play again.
"If it wasn’t for my injury I know I could still strike a ball and get up for a header.”

Dickie, of Weymouth, Dorset, last played for local veterans team AFC Wyke Smugglers when he was 83.

The retired engineer has not put his boots on since 2019 due to the pandemic and a trapped nerve.


The grandad of seven said: “I am slowing down but I can probably play 90 minutes when fit. I know there are a few of us old boys around still playing the game.”

Dickie’s first club side was Invergordon Academy in Scotland. After moving to the south coast he played for a host of non-league sides including Sherborne Town.

He gave up smoking 30-a-day and now eats porridge before every game.

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