Former Pompey midfielder comes out of retirement at 50

Former Pompey midfielder Chris Burns
Former Pompey midfielder Chris Burns
Pompey fans sung well past the final whistle in the previous trip to Stevanage in March 2017. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Former Pompey midfielder Chris Burns rolled back the years - as he turned out in the Southern League at the age of 50!


Burns played the full 90 minutes for Shortwood United in the final league game as they defeated Cinderford Town 4-3.

And to underline the former bricklayer's advancing years, his son Harry was among the scorers for his side.

Burns arrived from the non-league game when joining Pompey in 1991, and went on to make 107 appearances and played in both FA Cup semi-final games against Liverpool in 1992.

When asked about his exploits, Burns told gloucestershirelive.co.uk: 'The legs are okay and I feel 21 again!'