Robert Adams: St Helens man, 84, plays full hockey match

Robert Adams, 84, the record-breaker hopeful.

A man from Merseyside believes he may have set a world record for the oldest hockey player.

Robert Adams, 84, played a full 70 minutes for West Derby Hockey Club's third team against Golborne in the North West Hockey League on Saturday.

The record is currently held by 83-year-old Roger Jones from New Zealand.

The retired teacher from St Helens said it was "a relief" and he was "elated I'm still alive" after completing his first full game for a year.

He said: "There was always the danger I wouldn't be the oldest player on the pitch; I might be the oldest player to die on the pitch."

The full back, who was playing alongside a 16-year-old, said he was delighted to play his part in a 4-1 win over Golborne.

Told to retire

West Derby's head coach Mathew Gotts said: "He is absolutely amazing and he had a good game.

"I think he will be pleased with that performance."

Mr Adams said he has a long wait to find out if he is the world record holder.

"I've been told it could take between six and eight weeks to find out from Guinness Book of Records if I have done it," he said.

Mr Adams has played for the West Derby team since he was 14.

Apart from a five-year stint between 1965 and 1970, when he played for teams at college and in London where he was teaching, he has always played for West Derby.

He said the secret to his longevity was to "keep going" although he said he had been lucky with his health.

However, he is not so sure he will be allowed to play beyond this season.

He said: "I'll have to see what happens at the end of the season because my wife keeps telling me to retire."

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