Hitchin man called up for the England football team

13:51 4 June 2022

Playing for his country is a dream of any young footballer who has ever put on a pair of boots – and Pete Moss is proof that it’s never too late to make that dream come true.

Avid walking footballer Pete proudly wore the Three Lions shirt against Wales after being called up to the England Over-75 squad.

He even hit the back of the net in the 1-1 draw to have his effort ruled out, then shared a familiar experience with more famous England players – the penalty shootout defeat in the draw against Merthyr Tydfil.

Pete Moss in his England kit.
– Credit: PETE MOSS

Pete, 79, who has lived in Hitchin for nearly 50 years, played regularly in Sunday Leagues and other competitions throughout his professional life and continued to compete in five-a-side and six-a-side games until at the age of 70.

Three years later, he discovered the football sessions on foot organized by the Stevenage Football Foundation, and brought out his kitbag again.

Soccer is booming across the country, and fans rave about the combination of fun and fitness it offers players of all skill levels.

There are daytime and evening sessions in Stevenage and Letchworth as well as further afield in Welwyn Garden City and Hertford.

It is primarily aimed at people aged 50 or over, male and female, although younger players are welcome depending on their circumstances.

The success of the sport has led to the creation of international teams in a number of age groups, with the O75 team currently being the most senior section.

Pete Moss has been selected for the England foot football team.

Pete Moss has been selected for the England foot football team.
– Credit: PETE MOSS

Pete is one of a handful of Stevenage players who have been selected for international action, Fred Ford, Terry Sage, Albert Swinson and Richard Wallace among others, but he has had to wait for his debut due to the pandemic.

He said: “I have always played football for the sheer fun and fitness it provided. I feel honored to be able to enjoy football on foot and even more to play for England.

“When I first went to Stevenage in April 2016 there was a warm welcome and since then there have been friendlies at Milton Keynes, Colchester, Leyton Orient and others. Every week there are always has jokes and laughs.

“Football on foot is a fun way to stay healthy and fit – neither gender nor age is a barrier. I’ve met a whole host of people, some of whom have never played football in their youth, who like to participate in a spirit of camaraderie.”

Anyone wishing to get involved can find out more at www.stevenagefcfoundation.com or by calling 01438 222222.

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