WISBECH: Hockey players amazing feat, but why the unusual number plate?

DICK PENTELOW is instantly recognisable around the town of Wisbech – but it s not just for the amazing feat of playing hockey for a staggering 46 years. The 62-year-old hockey veteran and potato merchant is also well-known, because his Peugeot 406 Estate

DICK PENTELOW is instantly recognisable around the town of Wisbech - but it's not just for the amazing feat of playing hockey for a staggering 46 years.

The 62-year-old hockey veteran and potato merchant is also well-known, because his Peugeot 406 Estate has a registration plate that spells out 'POT8OE'.

He said: "It may be spelt wrong, but that's how it's spelt on my car. I bought the plate at auction in Warwickshire three and a half years ago. I understand that somebody else has the plate 'POT8O' and when I saw the 'POT8OE' plate, I thought I have to get it because of my job. I've had many good offers for it since."

But Mr Pentelow is not the only person to misspell the word potato. American vice-president Dan Quayle was famously caught on a television news broadcast spelling potato with an e on the end on June 15, 1992 during a photo opportunity at a school in, New Jersey.


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Mr Pentelow has played in every single season with Wisbech since 1963.

He has been the fourth team's sweeper this season and has no plans to hang up his stick.

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He said: "I may be a bit long in the tooth these days but I'm still enjoying my hockey and I don't see why I should give up."

Mr Pentelow is not the oldest player to represent Wisbech. Tim Vawser played for the club at the age of 70, 10 years ago.

Mr Pentelow said: "There are a couple of players in their 50s in the fourth team but I'm also playing in a team with 15 and 16 year olds.

"I haven't trained for years but I've always kept fit. I regularly walk my dog and do a lot of cycling in the summer.

"But I also love having a few pints. I think it's the social aspect of playing for Wisbech Hockey Club that keeps me going down there.

"I have my understanding wife, Anne, to thank."

Mr Pentelow has played for Wisbech's first team and he used to run a now defunct Wisbech veterans' side which played in a veterans' World Cup, in London, in 1986.

Peter Symonds, 49, who has played hockey for Wisbech with Dick for more than 30 years, said: "Everyone knows Dick for his love of real ale and he's quite a character.

"You certainly see him coming with his registration plate.

"Dick has been a good defender and a real servant to the club. He reads the game well.

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