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46-Year-Old Comes Off The Bench To Keep Clean Sheet In His First Appearance In 11 Years

46-Year-Old Comes Off The Bench To Keep Clean Sheet In His First Appearance In 11 Years
By PJ Browne
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Prior to today, the last time Barry Richardson played a competitive game of football was for Doncaster in 2005.

A broken leg sustained during that game pretty much ended the goalkeeper's career at the time.

In the interim, Richardson has filled the role of backup goalkeeper for numerous clubs including Nottingham Forest and Peterborough.

Earlier this month, he also did so for his current employers Wycombe Wanderers in a FA Cup game against Aston Villa.

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Speaking to the BBC at the time, Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth said they had no other choice.

Barry Richardson, 46 years old, and he gets to sit on the bench because we've got no one else we can put in there.

That's Wycombe Wanderers, you get your chances

Richardson's role as backup keeper continued on Saturday as he took his place on the bench against Plymouth.

An injury to Alex Lynch, just 13 minutes into the game, would mean Richardson seeing his first action in nearly 11 years.

Wycome led Plymouth 1-0 when Richardson entered the game.

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Incredibly, he would go on to keep a clean sheet as Wycombe maintained their push for promotion.

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