They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But who is to say an old dog with the right tricks can't hang with the young dogs?
During the English League 2 match between Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers at Home Park Stadium, an early injury to the Wanderers' only healthy goalkeeper, Alexander Lynch, forced a bizarre substitution. Barry Richardson, a 46-year-old goalkeeping coach, had to replace Lynch and defend the net for approximately seventy-five minutes of play.
WATCH: Wycombe goalkeeper coach Barry Richardson keeps clean sheet after being subbed on https://t.co/vWBs5DPqFP— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 30, 2016
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You would think this would end in a disaster for the Chairboys, but much to everyone's surprise, Richardson showed everyone that there's still some fight in him, by keeping a clean sheet and helping his team edge Plymouth 1-0.
Pretty impressive, old sport. And Twitter agreed:
Clean sheets, he always keeps clean sheets - 46 year old Barry Richardson— Adam Clift (@clifty04) January 30, 2016
Barry Richardson to Real Madrid?— Josh Himmons (@Himmons) January 30, 2016
Some effort from Barry Richardson getting a clean sheet aged 46 after not making an appearance since 2005 👏🏼— Jamie Tonkinson (@Jamie_Tonkinson) January 30, 2016
First game since 2005. 46-years-old. Keeps a clean sheet.— The Football League (@football_league) January 30, 2016
Barry Richardson ladies and gentlemen. https://t.co/hd7m2lqcmr
Richardson, we salute you.
Well I wasn't expecting that today , thank you for all the kind messages #GKU— Barry Richardson (@bazricho1) January 30, 2016
H/T Sky Sports