Football stars walk back to Bolton after representing England


Andy (left) and David (right)

Two traveling football stars from Bolton are back home after representing England in Spain.

David Mort, 71, and Andy Clarke, 59, represented their country for the Over 70s and Over 50s respectively during a trip to Bilbao.

The Over-70s played one game against their Italian counterparts, winning 3-0 with David scoring two goals on his national team debut.

“It was fantastic,” David said. “I had a great time. Everything went as I wanted.

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“It was just a small stadium with hundreds of fans, not thousands, and it’s not exactly Harry Kane but it was just as important to me.

“I can’t tell you what it’s like to march to the national anthem. You feel so proud.

The Bolton News: The teams as the national anthems played

The Bolton News: The teams as the national anthems played

The teams to the sound of national anthems

“I have to keep the kit, and next week we show up without an international cap. I’m going to walk around Tesco with it and do the department store.

The 50s competed in a four-team tournament, including teams representing Italy, France and the Basque Country.

Andy, who once represented England, netted a goal in the 1950s 4-0 win over the French side.

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However, in the final against the Basque team, after leading a goal early in the first half, they suffered a 2-1 loss. Andy now has five goals in four appearances for the England Over-50s.

Retired policeman Andy said: ‘It was a great experience. Fantastic.

“I had a really enjoyable trip with a great group of guys.

The Bolton News: Andy's 50+ team

The Bolton News: Andy’s 50+ team

Andy’s 50+ team

“The first time you put on the England shirt is the best, but it’s always great.

“Everyone was very friendly. It was good, but too bad for the result.

Andy suffered a heart attack while on the pitch in December last year, but started playing his beloved walking football again within two months.

He said: “It was a bit of a shock. There were no advance warnings. I think I overworked myself.

“I feel good now in terms of my fitness, but you never know what’s going to happen.”

David said: “Andy Clarke is amazing doing what he did after he had a heart attack on the pitch. I never expected to see him again.

“I made sure to watch his game.”

The Bolton News: David's 70+ team

The Bolton News: David’s 70+ team

David’s 70+ team

He added: “I recently participated in initiation sessions with people of the same age as me who have not put on their boots for 30 years. I encouraged people to get up and stop watching TV.

“I do my best to encourage people to do what I did. I get a lot of satisfaction out of it.

“I would like to be an ambassador for former football players. I am happy to be able to inspire people to do so.


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