In EPL history, is there any player who played the game until his 40s?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Up to date, Teddy Sheringham is the oldest outfield Premier League player at 40 years 270 days, his last being at West Ham United. He retired from competitive football at the end of the 2007-08 season with Colchester United, at the age of 42.

    Here's the list of players who had played past their prime though:-

    Lee Dixon

    The Arsenal legend finally hung up his boots in 2002 at the grand old age of 38. Right-back Dixon was a rock solid part of the stingy Gunners defence in his 14 years at Highbury and retired at the same time as the great Tony Adams.

    Gary Speed

    The Welsh midfielder should be held up to any budding youngster as an example of how to look after yourself as a footballer. In his 20 years in the top-flight, Speed was never found wanting. Despite being 38, Bolton fans were sad to see him join Sheffield United midway through last season.

    Mark Hughes

    The Manchester City boss naturally demands the best after a career that spanned 22 years and three countries. Even when the striker took charge of Wales in 1999, he continued playing in the Premier League for a further three seasons. Aged 38, he finished with Blackburn before returning as manager.

    Denis Irwin

    The Republic of Ireland full-back carved out a reputation as one of the Premiership’s most consistent performers during his 12 trophy-filled years with Manchester United. Yet, Irwin was back at Old Trafford in 2003 with Wolves – aged 38 - after helping his final club to promotion to the top flight.

    Stuart Pearce

    Despite a career packed with highs and lows, Psycho gave his all until his very last kick as a pro. Pearce’s final Premiership match came with West Ham when he turned 39 at the end of the 2000-01 season, although he continued playing with Manchester City for a further two seasons.

    Nigel Winterburn

    On the opposite flank from Dixon, Winterburn was another key cog in the Arsenal defence throughout the 1990s. The left-back helped the Gunners to countless trophies during that period but extended his career by another three years at West Ham, eventually quitting at 39.

    Ray Wilkins

    The former England midfielder thought his days at the top were numbered when he left QPR in 1994. But he was back at Loftus Road within months as their player-manager and continued on the pitch for almost another two years – finally ending his top-flight days aged 39.

    Bryan Robson

    Captain Marvel bowed out of the game with a final appearance as Middlesbrough player-manager just 10 days shy of his 40th birthday. Robson enjoyed a magical career at Manchester United and despite a string of injuries, was an inspiration until the end.

    Gordon Strachan

    The ginger wizard became the first Premiership player to play into his 40s during his spell as player-manager of Coventry. Even at that grand old age, Strachan was still a key performer for the Sky Blues – and few believed his record would ever be broken.

    Teddy Sheringham

    Top of the pile is one striker who seemed to defy the passing of time. Sheringham pulled on a West Ham shirt for the final time on December 30 2006 – 95 days short of his 41st birthday. Windass – or anyone else for that matter – will do well to beat his landmark.

    Dean Windass

    The fairytale had only just begun though as 2007-08 proved to be the most remarkable in the Tigers' and Deano's long career, more so as Brian Horton - the manager who had shown him the Boothferry Park door over 20 years ago - was back as boss Phil Brown's assistant.

    Deano played a truly inspirational role as we finished in our highest-ever league position and his usual prolific supply of goals saw him reach a career total of 200 goals in English club football with another crucial strike in the Championship Play-Off Semi-Final at Watford.

    The unbelievable climax came in the Play-Off Final on his and the club's first-ever visit to Wembley.

    The home town hero struck the only goal of the game against Bristol City with a sensational 18-yard volley in front of a crowd of nearly 90,000.

    Deano's dream goal meant his beloved Tigers were promoted to the top flight for the first time in their history.

    Cheers :)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Steady Teddy Sheringham was a Hammer for a two seasons in his 40's before vacating the Premiership for lower league football. Dean Windass will turn 40 later this season.

  • 1 decade ago

    Teddy Sheringham

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There's many, including Dean Windass (later this season) and Teddy Sheringham.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Teddy Sheringham..

    I think he played till his 90s lol

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Peter Schmeichel?

  • 1 decade ago

    teddy sheringham definitely

    peter beardsley

    and ed de goey i think

    theres more im sure though

  • 1 decade ago

    i think a guy named seaman who was a former man city goalie played late in his career i forgot how old he was though

  • alj
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    windass, sheringham. seaman?? mcallister wasn't too far away, nor i think nigel winterburn

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yeah lots

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