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Footie family affair

PUBLISHED: 16:11 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 23 August 2010

HAVING A BALL: Lewis, Aaron, Sam, Peter and Bob Spencer.

HAVING A BALL: Lewis, Aaron, Sam, Peter and Bob Spencer.

A UNIQUE football side is set to take to the field sporting three generations spanning 51 years. The Spencer family will play for Kings Farm outfit, Earl Grey, at Culverstone Utd on Saturday having been crowned Gravesend Saturday League Division Two cham

A UNIQUE football side is set to take to the field sporting three generations spanning 51 years.

The Spencer family will play for Kings Farm outfit, Earl Grey, at Culverstone Utd on Saturday having been crowned Gravesend Saturday League Division Two champions.

Bob Spencer, 70, normally plays for his local side Buxted, but after being signed by his nephew, Lewis Spencer, could not resist the chance to play a league game with his nephew's son Aaron Spencer, 19, who is on Charlton FC's books.

The veteran, who runs Stocklands Farm in East Sussex and has played competitive football for 65 years, said: "I've played the full 90 minutes this season and don't find it too bad. I haven't got much of a sprint anymore but can keep going as long as the youngsters.

"Walking round my farm counting 200 sheep keeps me fit. People say to me I should get a quad bike, but that would kill my fitness."

Team manager and player Lewis Spencer, 43, of Devonshire Road, Gravesend, will be lining up alongside his dad Peter, 68, from Meopham.

The boss said: "My uncle has just turned 70, I don't know how he does it, he's a fit old boy. Dad is always up for a game too, not bad for 68. My son Aaron will be playing in goal."

He said it gives the team a perfect chance to rest some players for the final of the League Cup on Bank Holiday Monday. Joining the players on Saturday at White Post Lane is star striker and past manager of Gravesend and Northfleet FC, Gary Alders.

Mr Alders, 51, has scored 15 league goals for Earl Grey and four cup goals.

Earl Grey will play in Gravesend Saturday League Division One next season and have already bagged some silverware, the Dampier Palmer Cup.

Bob Spencer has no intention of hanging up his boots, having signed up for next season.

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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