Striker Tony, 71, still banging in the goals

Tony and Heather Flood
Tony and Heather Flood

Seventy-one-year old Eastbourne resident Tony Flood, believed to be possibly the oldest footballer in Britain who is still currently playing, says that players hanging up their boots when half his age are making a big mistake.

Goal-poaching centre-forward Flood, who once played with George Best and Bobby Moore, helped Sovereign Harbour Veterans beat Southern Railway 6-2 at Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne, on Sunday, November 9.

It is believed that in January 2012 Derek May of Bromley, South London, was then the oldest players at 73 with Meridien FC. The title of Britain’s oldest football players had previously been claimed by midfielder Dickie Borthwick, 76, of Wyke Rangers Veterans in Weymouth, Dorset.

Flood said, “I continue to play every Sunday and scoring goals still gives me a great thrill. I am grateful to my younger team-mates who create the chances for me.

“Too many players, both professional and amateur, hang up their boots too soon while only half my age - and then live to regret it.

“Sport keeps you fit in body and mind.

“Sovereign Harbour Vets, run by Frank and Debbie Milmoe, provide older men with the chance to play a good level of football.”

Pictured right: Tony Flood with his wife Heather