UPPERMILL FC is riding high at the top of the table after a memorable start to their debut campaign in the Manchester Veterans’ League.
The team, whose player-manager is long-serving Adam Wilson, has won five and drawn one of its six league matches at Over-35s level.
And it certainly hit the ground running after beating Rochdale, champions for each of the last five seasons in which they were unbeaten, 5-2 having been 2-0 behind.
In their last match against Coppice, they secured a 3-2 victory, snatching the winner with the last kick of the game.
The vets’ team at Uppermill had existed for some time, but previously only played friendlies, the most notable against a visiting Chinese team.
But the decision was made to enter a league and play competitively in the 2019-20 season.
Adam, 37, added the vets’ section is thriving with 30 players signed on.
“It is just as well as we have so many because with players’ other commitments we rarely have more than 14 available for a game. We are also able to rotate,” he explained.
The league is based at Failsworth School where they play every third week with three matches scheduled each Sunday at the venue.
Adam, who has played at Uppermill since the age of 15 and still also turns out for the reserves, explained most of the players only just qualify for the team.
The oldest player in the vets’ team is first-team manager Mark Howard who is still turning out aged 45.
Adam had previously played vets’ football for Royton pub side The Secret Sip, many of whose players were in their 50s.
Uppermill’s next vets’ game is against Reddish Vets at Failsworth School on Sunday, January 15.
• Uppermill FC’s finished off their winter season in fourth place in the Greater Manchester Walking Football League which keeps them in division four.
They finished in style with three wins and two draws in the final day’s round of matches and start again in March.