Walking Football England trials are attracting some headline names. We have two of our very own players attending trials, John Wright and Hugh Wood, who played for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough. And they will be in illustrious company with ex-Liverpool player Alan Kennedy and the third Charlton brother all attending as well.
Football fans of a certain age will remember Alan Kennedy. For supporters of the beautiful game born after 1980, Kennedy was a marauding left-back for Newcastle and Liverpool, winning countless trophies during his time on Merseyside from the late 70s to mid 80s in an era when the Reds were even more dominant than Manchester City are today.
Kennedy was good, very good, winning five championships, four League Cups and two European Cups during his time at Liverpool, scoring the only goal of the game when Bob Paisley’s team defeated Real Madrid in the European Cup final in 1981.
Kennedy also won two England caps – not enough for a player of his ability – but now, at the advanced age of 63, the Liverpool legend is nurturing dreams of playing for England again.
That’s because he’s put his name forward to play for England Over-60s walking football team. He’s due to take part in a trial at Burnley a week on Saturday.
Two Charlton brothers are World Cup winners, now a third is looking to make his England debut at the age of 71.
Tommy Charlton is the younger brother of Manchester United legend Sir Bobby, who turned 80 last October, and Leeds great Jack, who is 83 in May.
Between them they earned 141 caps for England and now Tommy is attempting to break into the over-60s national walking football team after being invited for trials at Burnley’s Turf Moor on Saturday.
Pensioner Tommy, a grandfather of six, currently plays for the Mature Millers walking football club in Rotherham and retired from amateur football aged 24 because of injury.
He said: “I am very excited about the trials and showing management some of my skills.