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Phil Neal leads the way in Liverpool’s walking football team

Phil Neal, the former Liverpool and England full-back, is one of many enjoying the different challenges of walking football

On windswept astroturf around the corner from Anfield stadium, 34 men with a combined age of well over 2,500 were being put through their paces before their weekly walking football game. “Come on lads,” says their coach, Bill Bygroves. “Get those hips going. Pretend you’re dancing with your girlfriend — or boyfriend. That’s right, Jim. On your toes. Very nice. Can you believe he’s 90? Look at him go!”

On the sidelines, one of England’s most successful players of all time winced as he stretched out his calves. “I think I’ll give this bit a miss today,” says Phil Neal, as men 20 years his senior followed orders to sit down with a ball between their feet. “I was at Kenny Dalglish’s golf day yesterday so I’m a bit worn out.”

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