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Extra time… school football team reunited after 40 years

Line-up: The 1979 squad and (below) 40 years later, with Kevin Bennett holding the ball PICTURES: MALCOLM HART/SWNS

THEY might no longer be picked for the first team but this group of old primary school pals proved they’re still game for a challenge.

Former captain Kevin Bennett brought a photo of the 1979 football team to a party and someone suggested recreating it for his 50th birthday. He and three friends spent four months tracking down the players on Facebook and they posed in recreated kit at Excalibur primary school in Alsager, Cheshire, last week.

Mr Bennett, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, said: ‘Some of us have lost a bit of hair and put on a few pounds but the team spirit and camaraderie was the same.’