Nope, there’s no typo in the title – Scottish First Division club Dundee had to put on their 49 year old goalkeeper Bobby Geddes in a league match vs. Raith Rovers, which they lost 1-0. Geddes had been retired for more than a decade and works as a goalkeeping coach at the club, but due to injuries, he had to be registered as an emergency keeper.

The veteran admitted he was shocked when he had to come on after 27 minutes, but did pretty well and only let in a single goal. Speaking to reporters, he claimed he did not feel his age during the match, but faced the inevitable “aches and pains” the morning after. He also praised his teammates for keeping him protected, and minimizing his workload as much as possible.

While not quite breaking the record, Geddes became one of the oldest players in Europe, a feat which shows that even in today’s high-tempo age there are still some that can go well beyond their supposed cut-off years. Despite his, the Scottish keeper has no plans to revive his playing career, and has said he’d be happy to continue his work as coach.

Geddes began his career at Dundee in 1979 and made 253 appearances for the club, before moving on to a couple of other Scottish clubs and finishing his career at Brechin City in 2000. Some 30 years later, he can now make that number 254 for Dundee.


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