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Old boys still competing in local six-a-side league

Monday 15th September 2014

A group of men have entered Football Mundial’s six-a-side night league at Maidstone Hockey Club for the 30th consecutive season.  The team have entered every season since 1999 and are now in their 15th year together as a team, playing 2-3 seasons per calendar year.

Manager Rodney Roper said “It has been a long time since we were pushing for honours, but in the spirit of the game, we make sure we have a full team of six every week, come rain or shine” 

Goalkeeper Peter, who is over 50, said: “When the lads were younger and fitter I didn’t really have much to do, but now they are older, greyer and a few knee replacements later, they just can’t get around the park any more. Consequently I am busier than ever.”

Whilst they have kept the same nucleus of four or five players for many years, there have been times when younger blood has had to come in to help out.

Team member Jon said: “Now we are in our 10th year we are hoping our luck will change for the better in terms of goals scored.”

Rodney added: “This league has suited us for many years. It is well organised, with FA referees, and it is not too serious. While we are still mobile we will try to play for the foreseeable future. We may even get close to 1,000 games together.”

Mark Horn, Football Mundial co-ordinator, said: “We provide a safe, fun environment for teams and players, and the Maidstone Cosmos are true legends of this league and also real gentlemen.”

Football Mundial runs local six-a-side leagues in Maidstone, Canterbury, Ramsgate, Margate, Hastings, Oxted, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. For more information visit: www.footballmundial.com, or email info@footballmundial.com or call on 01937 841440 or text footiemaidstone to 07506599097.

Currently Football Mundial need teams for Monday and Thursday evenings.

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