Old Boys are the new boys in over-40s football league

Wearmouth Old Boys is a team mostly made up of over-50s.
Wearmouth Old Boys is a team mostly made up of over-50s.
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A football team made up mostly of over-50s are ready to show there’s life in the old dogs left – after entering an over-40s league.

Wearmouth Colliery Welfare over-50s, known as Wearmouth Old Boys, will compete in the Fourth Division of the Sunderland and District Over-40s League next season.

Old Father Time has caught up with some of us, but we still really enjoy playing football, and this gives us all an opportunity to do that

Terry Crombie

The idea of setting up the squad came about when some of the club’s older players struggled to gain selection in the over-40s team, and one of their rules is that 80% of players must be aged 50 and over.

All players in the matchday squad will play at least half of every game, with the squad to be rotated to ensure everyone has regular football.

The team was set up with the help of a £1,500 Grow the Game grant from national charity the Football Foundation.

Secretary Terry Crombie, 58, who also plays for the team, said: “Some of us are getting on a bit, so we came up with the idea of setting up a primarily over-50s team so we could all get a game.

“Old Father Time has caught up with some of us, but we still really enjoy playing football, and this gives us all an opportunity to do that.”

The youngest player in the team is 47, while there are three over-60s, including 70-year-old Dave Polly.

Terry added: “Dave is our midfield dynamo, and is as keen as anything, but I can say that about everyone in the squad.”

Training takes place on Tuesdays from 6.30pm at Thompson Park, off Thompson Road.

All are welcome to take part.