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THEY might be in their 60s and 70s but these die-hard football fans are refusing to hang up their boots for pipes and slippers, and have formed a veterans’ football squad.

The Spireites Over 55s, who have dubbed themselves the Expires, originally set up as a walking-game side but players rekindled their fire power and have been turning on a six-pence and sprinting into action ever since.

Over 55's Footballers, Expires looking for more members and teams to play against. Tony Bates, 60, Chris Parsons, player manager, 61, Graham Bingham, 66, Eric Bagshaw, 73, Graham Newton, 70, Ken Fletcher, 72 and John Longstaff, captain, 60.

Over 55's Footballers, Expires looking for more members and teams to play against. Tony Bates, 60, Chris Parsons, player manager, 61, Graham Bingham, 66, Eric Bagshaw, 73, Graham Newton, 70, Ken Fletcher, 72 and John Longstaff, captain, 60.

Organiser Chris Parsons, 61, of Stanier Way, Renishaw, said: “We could have retired and settled for doing a spot of gardening but we’d rather keep playing football. Once we got the ball back at our feet all the same skills returned and we’re rocking and rolling and having a great laugh.”

Chesterfield FC originally sponsored the 12 strong squad which plays 6-a-side among themselves on Tuesdays at Queen’s Park Leisure Centre.

But as keen Spireites, the club - whose oldest member is 73 - have continued to represent the Blues and turned out for a half-time exhibition game during Chesterfield FC’s home match against Rochdale.

Many of the ‘Expires’ developed their skills with leather caseys during park and Sunday pub league games in the 1960s and their childhood heroes include Roy of the Rovers and Bobby Charlton from the 1950s.

But all these years later have become more famous for their step-overs than their comb-overs and are looking to sign new players as they refuse to take an early bath.

Retired recruitment consultant Chris also hopes to link up with other professional clubs to play visiting fans of OAPs during Chesterfield FC’s 2012/13 campaign. Anyone aged 55 and over and interested in reviving their football days or playing against the silver Spireites can email Chris on chrisparsons133@msn.com