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15-03-1947

New Brighton? He Should Have Played for Old-ham

These days, footballing records appear to topple on a depressingly regular basis. Largest signing fee, longest winning streak, oddest name - these seem to change constantly. But one magnificent achievement, which occurred on this day in 1947, is still in place.

During a bruising game against Hartlepool United, New Brighton’s manager Neil McBain looked on in horror as his goalkeeper was injured. With no replacement available, McBain strapped on his large, clumpy boots and stood between the posts himself at the ripe old age of 51 years and 120 days and is still the oldest player to ever grace the field. And he showed those young tykes a thing or two. He immediately let three goals get past him.