Man organises replay of a school football match after scoring 'foul' goal 50 years ago

A man organised a replay of a school football match - after 50 years of feeling guilty for scoring 'foul' goal.

Graeme Jones, 60, admitted shoving a keeper with the ball “five yards” over the goal line in the dying seconds of a match to earn a “dubious” draw in September 1972.

But the former Royal Navy training instructor said he was determined to “put right a wrong” after learning of the result's lasting “impact” on his aggrieved local rivals.

Graeme spent 18 months assembling the same line-up from the Gayton Primary School team, in the Wirral, who took on St Peter’s C of E School half a century ago.

And before Saturday's game (Aug 27), they even recreated an old squad photo that had appeared in a local paper when they were just ten years old.

Graeme’s bitter rivals went on to take a stunning 6-2 win in the one-off geriatric grudge match.

And though he was left feeling disappointed with the final result, Graeme said he could now put his “demons to bed”.