As England prepare to face Montenegro in their 1,000th senior men’s international at Wembley, former Torquay United outside-right Gordon Astall has this week been recognised in the national media as the Three Lions’ oldest surviving player.
Astall, who still resides in Torquay, began his career with Devon rivals Plymouth Argyle in 1947 before his impressive form earned him a move to Birmingham City.
After enjoying a dream debut for the national side, scoring against Finland, he following that up six days later in what proved to be his final international appearance against Germany.
Moving to United in 1961, Gordon went on to make 33 league appearances, scoring 10 goals, before injury curtailed his career in 1963.
Since retiring from football, he went on to prove himself as an excellent all-round sportsman, equally capable at darts, golf and bowls.
The club are proud to see one of its former players recognised ahead of tonight’s very special occasion.
Congratulations on your achievements, Gordon!