Early Doors

Professional club name 50-year-old player on bench

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Burton Albion have been forced to name 50-year-old goalkeeper Kevin Poole on their bench for Tuesday’s League Two match against Mansfield.

Poole turned professional all the way back in 1981-82 – the first season when the system of three points for a win was introduced – but is now set for a remarkable return to action.

He will be drafted in as cover for Dean Lyness after Jordan Pickford was recalled from his loan spell by Sunderland.

Poole was previously the oldest registered player in the Football League when retiring aged 48 in 2012 but now has the chance to match the great Stanley Matthews, who famously still donned his boots at the age of 50 as well.

Manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby: "Obviously that is not something we want to do long term. I said to Pooley at the start of the season that if we have to do it for one game, if it saves us wasting money on a loan keeper for a month, then it makes sense for me to do it.

"We will have to bring a keeper in. The decision really is do we bring in a first-choice keeper to compete with Dean for that jersey or do we go for someone as cover?"

Poole has made 429 league appearances since making his first-team debut back in 1984 during a loan spell away from Aston Villa, who won the European Cup in the same season he signed professional terms with the club.

He joined Burton in 2006 and has not made an appearance for the club since 2010.

Kevin Poole in action in 1986:

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