Still winging it at 81

imagesDICKIE Borthwick was reasonably pleased with his debut performance for his new football club, despite the team losing the match 4-2.

Dickie, who scored a consolation late penalty for Portland Town, told The Times: “I did all right. Obviously I was a little bit slower than the rest of the lads but give me a few more games and I’ll get back up to speed again.”

Dickie is 81, and is surely Britain’s oldest footballer. When many a younger man has hung up his boots, or has joined the growing ranks of over-50s playing ‘walking football’, Dickie played for 70 minutes on the left wing for Portland Town’s senior team against a team of youngsters.

A retired engineer who had prostate cancer three years ago, Dickie has played parks football every season since 1948 – the year when Matt Busby’s Manchester United beat Blackpool Town at Wembley to win the FA Cup (pictured above).

Dickie puts his fitness down to quitting smoking, drinking tea, and eating a bowl of porridge before every game.

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