Saying that it only feels like yesterday that he was watching them as a youngster, local man George Somerby today admitted that the ageing and retirement of his favourite footballers is a constant reminder of his inevitable death.
A fervent fan of football for his entire life, the 28-year-old revealed that while he is happy and in good health, each passing retirement of the players he watched as a child brings his inescapable departure from this world to the forefront of his mind.
“I guess, growing up, I never really gave much thought to the fact that one day these heroes of mine would be getting on and hanging up their boots. It really brings it all home to me,” said the Durham-based dog groomer, admitting that watching his idols go through their painful declines in the public eye was difficult to watch.
“You know that your father and mother’s footballing heroes are going to retire, that’s a natural part of life. But I’m so young, I just find it hard to wrap my head around. I mean, if their careers can end like that, how long do I have left?”
At press time, Somerby was said to have suffered mild palpitations upon hearing that German side Hoffenheim had recently hired a manager two months younger than him.