Gallagher, 49, Signs as Wisbech Player
PUBLISHED: 11:36 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:23 02 June 2010
FORTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD striker Jackie Gallagher will be signing on as a player for Wisbech Town before today s transfer deadline. Manager Roy McManus plans to give Gallagher a chance to run out at Fenland Park once more before the stadium is demolished at th
FORTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD striker Jackie Gallagher will be signing on as a player for Wisbech Town before today's transfer deadline.
Manager Roy McManus plans to give Gallagher a chance to run out at Fenland Park once more before the stadium is demolished at the end of the season.
Gallagher is regarded as a Wisbech legend having played for the club in the 1980s and 90s.
He is now the under-18s manager and a first team coach.
McManus said: "Jackie's a Wisbech hero and has always been a real fan favourite.
"The idea is to stick him on for the last 10 minutes of the last home game of the season.
"He would be 50 by then and I believe he would be the oldest player to ever play for Wisbech.
"Jackie is Wisbech through and through and I thought it would be a special occasion for him and the fans, who remember him playing at Fenland Park over the years."
He added: "I thought about signing myself and doing the same thing but the league officials might send down all the paramedics they can if they see a 56-year-old singing as a player for the club."
Gallagher has played for Football League clubs Peterborough United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
His professional career has also seen him play in Sweden, alongside England World Cup winner Bobby Moore in Hong Kong, and in the Republic of Ireland.