Peter Webster is not your average footballer. The 80-year-old British footballer is retiring after his last competitive match on Friday.
He told the BBC that he had been considering hanging up the boots for quite a few years now.
Webster, who lives in Wollongong, Australia, said he had known for a while that he did not contribute to matches as much as he once did.
Born in Preston, England, Webster moved to Wales in 1948. The former steelworker played for many teams in Welsh leagues in his 20s and 30s, before moving to Australia with his wife and three children in 1981.
He started playing the game competitively at 15.
Friday’s match will be Webster’s final game for Wollongong's Figtree Football Cub against Russell Vale, the league leaders. He’s also retiring as the club's groundsman.
"In my first few years when you're playing, you wake up on Sunday all bruised and it's gone by Monday. Now it's Monday before I feel the bruises and it's the following Saturday until they're gone," he said.
The secret to his longevity had been keeping up with playing, he said.
He intends to watch more of his grandson and granddaughter play football - he had often missed games previously because he was playing himself.
Figtree Football Cub President Mike Dodd said Webster's contribution had been "immense".
Webster is such a legend in the local game that there is even a competition named after him - the Peter Webster Cup.
"Usually you've got to pay for it, or be dead. But I'm not paying for it and I'm not dead so I thought I'll see if I can play in it," he said.
Bangladesh District and Divisional Football Association and Football Club Association based ‘Samonnya Parishad’ on Thursday announced their panel to compete in the BFF Election.
It will not contest for the post of president and a vice-president.
The Sheikh Aslam, Mohiuddin Mohi and Sheikh Maruf-led panel will compete for 19 posts out of 21 in the BFF Election scheduled for Saturday (October 3) against long-serving president Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin–led 21-member Sammillita Parishad panel.
Samonnya Parishad failed to give candidate for the top seat of BFF president as the long serving BFF Vice-President Badal Roy withdrew his candidacy after the deadline citing health conditions.
His name will be included in the ballot paper as president candidate along with Kazi Salahuddin and Shafiqul Islam Manik.
Samonnya Parishad is not including Badal or Manik in their panel. Now, it will be open for the councilors to vote for any of the three president candidates.
Moreover, three candidates – Mohiuudin Ahmed Mohi, Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan and SM Abdullah Al Fuad Redwan — will compete from Samonnoya Parishad for vice president posts.
Former national striker Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, who earlier challenged seating senior vice president and his district mate Abdus Salam Murshedy MP for the post, will lead the Samonnoya Parishad, in absence of the president candidate.
Secretary General of Bangladesh District and Divisional Football Association Ashiqur Rahman Miku introduced the panel while vice president candidate Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi read out panel’s election manifesto at the function.
Senior vice-president candidate Aslam said, “We’re representing the grass-root football of district and divisional levels. We’re experienced and tested organisers. I hope the councilors will choose the right and tested persons in the ensuing polls.”
As per final list, 47 candidates will compete for the 21 posts of the BFF Executive Committee – three for president, two for senior vice-president, eight for vice-president and 34 for executive members.
Some 139 councilors of BFF will exercise their voting rights to elect one president, a senior vice-president, four vice-presidents and 15 EC members. Voting will take place between 2pm and 6pm at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital, followed by its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the same venue on the day.
Samonnoya Parishad Panel claimed that more than 75 councilors were present at their programme.
Samonnoya Parishad Panel:
Senior Vice-President: Sheikh Mohammad Aslam.
Vice-President: Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi, Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan and SM Abdullah Al Fuad Ridwan
EC members: Abdul Wadud Pintu , Mohammad Sabbir Hosssin, Mohidur Rahman Miraj , Manjurul Ahsan , Imtiaz Sultan Jony, Arif Hosssin Moon, Mohammad Saiful Islam , Syed Mustaq Ali Mukul, Mohammad Ameer Khan Hazi Tipu Sultan, Fazlur Rahman Babul, Hasnuzzaman Khan Bablu, Mizanur Rahman, ANM Aminul Haque Mamun and Shakil Mahmud Chowdhury.
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin-led 21-member Sammillita Parishad panel:
President: Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin
Sr Vice President: Abdus Salam Murshedy MP,
Vice presidents: Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP, Amirul Islam Babu, Imrul Hasan and Ataur Rahman Manik.
Members: Harun ur Rashid, Shawkat Ali Khan Jahangir, Satyajit Das Rupu, Elias Hosssin, Bijon Barua, Amit Khan Shuvro, Iqbal Hossain, Mohiuddin Ahmed Salim , Md Zakir Hossain, Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, Asaduzzaman Mithu, Kamrul Hasan Hilton, Syed Riazul Karim, Imtiaz Hamid Sabuj and Nurul Islam Nuru.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) celebrated the 74th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday through a tree plantation program at the BFF House in the city.
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, a day after his teammate Leo Duarte, a defender from Brazil, was diagnosed with coronavirus.
The latest development means that AC Milan will have to play without two of their highest-paid players as they team seek to improve upon its sixth-place finish in a 2019-20 Serie A season.
In a social media post, Ibrahimovic said he showed no symptoms of COVID-19 and vowed to recover quickly. The 38-year-old scored twice in AC Milan's 2-0 win over Bologna in its opening game of the new season.
Duarte tested positive after a round of testing on Tuesday. According to Serie A rules, a positive test in any team automatically triggers a second round of testing, after which Ibrahimovic tested positive, reports Xinhua.
In a statement, AC Milan said Italian health authorities had been informed and that both Ibrahimovic and Duarte had been placed under home quarantine. All other players and officials with the team tested negative.
Ibrahimovic's latest contract, reportedly worth 7 million euros, brought him back to AC Milan in January following an initial stint with the team between 2010 and 2012 during which he scored 42 goals. Before his return to Italy, Ibrahimovic had played for LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer in the US.
Ibrahimovic began his professional career with Sweden's Malmo FF in 1999.
Former national footballer and member of Swadhin Bangla Football team AKM Nowsheruzzaman passed away Monday night at a city hospital after suffering from Covid-19 .
The famed striker breathed his last at about 9:30pm on Monday after battling with coronavirus for about 13 days at ICU of the Ibne Sina Hospital in the capital .
The 72-year-old left behind his wife, a son and daughter and a large number of admirers to mourn his death.
The body of Nowsher was brought to Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday morning where a small number of sportsmen, organisers and sports lovers paid their tribute.
Most of his teammates, club mates and the top sportsmen and organisers were absent in his Janaja.
His first namaj-e-janaza was held at Bangabandhu National Stadium at about 10am before his mortal remains were taken to Munshiganj, where he was brought up.
Later, his body will be taken to his village home in Chandpur’s Matlab for burial. His third and final Janaja will be held at his home village in Chandpur after Asr prayers on Tuesday.
Earlier, he was admitted to Ibne Sina Hospital on September 7 in the capital after his health condition deteriorated. He was shifted to the ICU the next day as his condition further deteriorated. He was on life support.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina bore his medical expenses.
Nowsheruzzaman, a Dhaka University Blue Award winner, played for Bangladesh National Football team, clubs like Dhaka Mohammedan, Victoria SC, Dhaka Wanderers Club, Wari Club, Fire Services and WAPDA, apart from taking part in the Liberation War as a young member of Swadhin Bangla Football.
Nowsher, who emerged as the highest scorer in the Dhaka League in 1975 scoring 21 goals, also played cricket as opening batsman for Dhaka Mohammedan SC and Kalabagan KC.