THE first international football match between teams both featuring players aged over 60 took place on Sunday when Wales entertained England.
The game was played less than a week after Roy Hodgson, of similar vintage to those who participated, was appointed manager of the England national team.
Sunday’s fixture was held at Cambrian and Clydach F.C in South Wales, whose club chairman is ex-England manager Terry Venables.
The first half saw England hit the post and miss a penalty which was awarded by former Premier League referee Keith Burge who officiated his last top-flight game at Old Trafford in 1999.
Wales entered the interval leading 1-0 and ran out eventual 4-2 winners, picking up the Frank Terrell Cup named after the late secretary of Taffs Well Veterans.
Ken Pollock, Chairman of Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, who played the match for England Over 60s said, “Despite the result I thoroughly enjoyed playing. There’s a significant amount of players around the same age as me that are able to perform at a good level.”
Those who turned out for England came from north and south of the country with Mr Pollock being selected by manager Mike Burles after playing against Crystal Palace Vets.
The success of the fixture between the two countries means there are plans for it to continue in the future.
LEFT: Eastbourne’s Ken Pollock lines up with the England over 60s in Wales, back row, third from left