After 14 years in retirement at age 53, Stuart Pearce has made a comeback to football. The former 78 cap winner for the English national team made his debut for non-league Longford AFC, who some refer to as the “worst team in England.”
Pearce signed for the club in January to help the winless 13th tier side in an effort to fix the confidence and fortunes of the club. This season, the goal differential for Longford AFC is currently at -180. The club are desperate not only for a win but for any sort of result as the side have not won a point in the league this year.
His debut came against Wotton Rovers in a Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two match where his team fought valiantly but lost 1-0. Wotton took the lead late in the first half on a penalty. Pearce came on in the 48th minute in the holding midfielder role. He orchestrated the attack from a deep-lying point on the pitch looking to give his team the equaliser. Just three minutes after he came on the pitch, the 53 year-old nearly tied it up with a touch from a direct corner.
Although Longford were unable to pick up their first point of the season, there was still much to be proud of for the side as if it were not for a controversial call they could have ended with a draw. The good news for the “worst team in England” is that they have nowhere to go but up.
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