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OFF THE POST: 72-year-old plays 60th season
December 6th, 2007 7AM



Dickie Borthwick of Weymouth, England is entering his 60th season of soccer. The 72-year-old is playing for Wyke Rangers, a team he joined three decades ago, and hits the field with some players 50 years his junior. "I have lost a bit of pace and can't run as much as I used to, but I am still quick in the mind and that's what counts," he told The Daily Mail . Since joining a team in 1947 at age 12, he's never been cautioned or red-carded. "I am a clean player and I believe in playing hard but fair," he said.

Borthwick has scored around 400 goals and played for 11 non-league clubs.

After a recent game, a 5-1 win, Borthwick, a retired engineer, said, "I felt absolutely fine afterwards, the knees were all right. I enjoyed the game and sprayed quite a few passes about. I even went on a run down the left wing and put a good cross in, which reminded me of my glory days.

"It was quite an even first half, but I think they began to tire a bit in the second half!"

Explaining his resilience, Borthwick said, "I have got a good strong body which I got from my mother, who was a big country girl."

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