The Oldest Five-a-Side Team in The World?

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Saturday January 6 2018

These five golden oldies continue to defy their ages which combined together total 330 years – surely qualifying them as the oldest five-a-side tea in the world.

That’s right – 330 years and they don’t play walking football!

Their oldest member Frank Gaskell was born in 1946 – the year ‘appropriately enough’ league football started again after WW11 and when George VI was still king.

The five friends have been playing together since the 1980s along with quite a few other over 60s.

They’ve entered a team for the ‘High Fives for All Indoor Football Festival’ on 13/14 January at Inverness Leisure and are also the event organisers.

Frank says:

“It’s great exercise and we’re all still very competitive.

“We aim to continue playing as long as we can! Last year was a bit of a landmark as we were joined by a 63 year old player who found walking football too slow – this means we could now field a complete 11 a side team of over 60s!

“We appreciate that we can still play and wanted to give something back to young people who may never have had the chance to kick a football.

“The obvious way to do this was to raise funds for CHAS to help support these young folks and their families.

“If we can play – so can you, so please sign up and help - there’s still time to enter!

Stephen Hart, CHAS’s community fundraising manager for the north of Scotland, said the charity was delighted to be a partner in the festival.

"It is a brilliant idea to raise money which will benefit children across the Highlands and Islands and raise awareness of the work of the charity," he said.

To register a team, or to find out more about the event, contact Ron Cruickshank at Associated Legal & Financial Ltd ( Telephone 01463 711993


The ‘High Fives for All Indoor Football Festival’, will be held for 14 hours over the 13 and 14 January at the Bught Park Leisure Centre in Inverness.

As well as raising money for CHAS, the five-a-side festival will feature male and female teams of all ages and abilities to demonstrate the benefits of physical activity.

The event has been organised by the Inverness Businesses Fives group which plays five-a-side football each Thursday evening at Millburn Academy.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the group’s first match.



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