Former Premier League keeper on Burton bench at age of 50

Ex-Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Leicester, Birmingham, Bolton and Derby player in squad for tonight's League Two home game against Mansfield.

Anyone remember Kevin Poole? Who was around in 1984 when he made his debut for Northampton Town in 1984? I wasn't, but the goalkeeper who turned 50 in July this year is still going strong and is set to take his place on the substitutes' bench for Burton Albion this evening!

After Sunderland recalled loan keeper Jordan Pickford, Brewers boss Gary Rowett was unable to bring in a replacement in time, leaving him with the option of bringing back his goalkeeping coach for one game.

Poole, who has made 431 league appearances, retired at the age of 48 after making his last appearance against Rotherham United in the Football League Trophy.

He then re-registered in October 2012 to cover for injuries in the squad and also featured on the bench against Wycombe Wanderers last month. 

Boss Rowett said, as quoted by the Daily Mail: 'Obviously it's not something we want to do long term. I said to Pooley at the start of the season that if we have to do it for one game, if it saves us wasting money on a loan keeper for a month, then it makes sense for me to do it.

'If we had brought someone in for a month before the game on Saturday [against Bristol Rovers] we would have found mid-window, when we can't bring anyone in, that we would have lost someone to their parent club and we would have been left without a keeper again.'

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