Salisbury manager Steve Claridge pulled on his boots once again and made an appearance as his Whites side were beaten in a friendly against his former club Portsmouth on Saturday.

The 51 year old former Pompey striker came out of retirement at the age of 51 and started the game against the SkyBet League One side.

A player shortage led to Claridge turning out for the Whites in the 3-0 defeat.

After the game he tweeted “Thanks everybody who came today, Salisbury and Pompey, don’t suppose there’s four of you who could carry me upstairs to bed is there?”

Claridge began his playing career thirty four years ago with Bournemouth and went on to play for the likes of Millwall, Leicester City and Birmingham City.

His last appearance came five years ago, scoring twice in Gosport Borough’s 3-1 win over Poole Town in the Southern League Division One South & West play-off final.

After the game against Pompey, Claridge revealed that he had no other option but to play in the game.

“I did what I had to because there were no other options than this, but it wasn’t about me,” Claridge told BBC Radio Solent.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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