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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Psycho' Pearce joins Longford

Former England defender Stuart Pearce is unveiled coming out of retirement and signing for Longford AFC, currently bottom of Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two. Photo: PA
Former England defender Stuart Pearce is unveiled coming out of retirement and signing for Longford AFC, currently bottom of Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two. Photo: PA

England football legend Stuart Pearce (left) is set to come out of retirement aged 53 in a bid to transform the fortunes of Longford - the struggling English non-league side that is!

Nicknamed Psycho, the former Nottingham Forest defender played in a World Cup semi-final in 1990 but has signed for a team dubbed "the worst in the UK".

Longford AFC, based in Gloucestershire, have lost all 18 games this season, scoring one goal and letting in 179.

Pearce said the grassroots game was "essential" to the sport's lifeblood.

"I started out in non-league football playing for Wealdstone before joining Coventry City," he said.

"So I'm looking forward to working with manager Nick Dawe, and helping a group of talented young footballers achieve their dreams and, hopefully transforming both the dressing room confidence, as well as the on-the-pitch performance."

Longford AFC are rooted to the bottom of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two.

With an awful record and a growing interest from the media, the side has been dubbed "the worst team in England".

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