Peter Webster, a British football enthusiast has finally decided to hang up his boots at the age of 80 and played his last competitive game on Friday night. He opened up on his life and career while speaking with BBC.
Who is Peter Webster?
Peter Webster, the 80-year-old football lover was born in Preston, England but shifted to Wales in 1948. He began playing the sport aged fifteen and started to admire.
Being a steelworker, he played in Welsh Leagues in his 20s and 30s. Along with his wife, Moira and three children moved to Australia in 1981. They currently stay in Wollongong, Australia.
Upon his move to Australia, Peter Webster found that Australia was fond of football and he said, he “would rather play in 38 degrees Celsius than 38 degrees Fahrenheit.”
Peter Webster on his retirement
On Friday night, Wollongong’s Figtree Football Cub clashed with the league leaders, Russell Vale. Mr. Webster played his last match for the former and also retired as the club’s groundsman.
He arrived early at the ground, helping to put up goal nets and talked with the opposition team.
He said, “In my first few years when you’re playing, you wake up on Sunday all bruised and it’s gone by Monday. Now it’s Monday before I feel the bruises and it’s the following Saturday until they’re gone.”
Mr. Webster is really a legend. He even has a cup named after him called the Peter Webster Cup.
Speaking about his retirement, he said he has been planning to retire for some time. He said, “It has been on the cards for quite a few years. You get more and more game when you think, I’m wasting the shirt out there’. You know yourself.”
The 80-year-old veteran said that he neither has to pay for the game or he is dead, so he gave a shot at playing football.
He claimed that he is not a good runner but he stated that he is fond of playing the beautiful game of football.
Mike Dodd, President of Figtree Football Club has thanked the veteran for the immense contribution.
Mr. Webster would now be able to witness his grandchildren play football, which he has been missing because he was involved in playing previously.
The retirement would also enable him to do works around the house, as mentioned by his wife during the interview.
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