Fury over 'killjoy' trying to blow final whistle on walking football

A walking footballer is hoping "killjoys" don't burst his ball and complain when players take to the pitch again.

Pensioners in Shrewsbury regular gather for a weekly kickabout at Monkmoor Recreation Ground in Shrewsbury. But, pre-lockdown, a complaint was submitted to Shropshire Council by a resident, concerned that players may spread the virus and "should know better". Players were not playing during lockdown, but they hope to be back on the pitch this coming week when restrictions are lifted.

Walking football is permitted and, according to player Chris Clarke, they go to great lengths to ensure safety.

"We're going by town council guidelines. Players get temperature checked, we have hand sanitiser and there is no tackling.

"Unfortunately someone wrote to the town council to complain about us 'flouting the rules'. They should fully understand the rules before complaining. They're just killjoys.

"For some of the lads that play, it might be their only social contact. Football makes their week."

The group has been playing for four years and around 50 players are signed up. Players are on a rotation to avoid compromising Covid-19 restrictions.

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