Football team recreates primary school photograph 40 years on
A group of middle-aged friends recreated their old primary school football team photograph — 40 years later.
Former team captain Kevin Bennett was looking through an old photo album when he stumbled across the old color print taken in 1979, metro.co.uk wrote.
He took it to a friend’s surprise 50th birthday party where he and three pals decided to track down the rest of the team using Facebook.
Kevin spent four months painstakingly contacting his old teammates, including some who lived abroad, before organizing a reunion.
The team all posed in their old blue kit at Excalibur Primary School, in Alsager, Cheshire, England, to celebrate Kevin turning 50 last week.
Kevin, a sales manager form Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, said, “It has been amazing and I’m very proud and grateful to everyone who joined in.
“The idea started when I went to a surprise 50th birthday party for a classmate and went along with three other team members.
“I brought the old photo along for a laugh and then someone asked “Why don’t we try and get everyone together and recreate the photograph?”
“I thought it was brilliant idea. I wanted to something unique to mark my 50th birthday but was aware it would be quite a challenge.
“I started tracking down the team on Facebook and got
mobile numbers and then created a WhatsApp group.
“Just about everyone was straight forward to track down apart from one lad, Quentin Bowers but we got him in the end.
“His brother is in the police and knew a mutual friend and we got hold of him that way.
“I talked to him on the phone and he was on business in
Panama. He was well up for taking part.”
Kevin arranged a date and time for the team to meet up at Excalibur Primary School and arranged for former teammate Malcolm Hart, a freelance photographer, to recreate the snap.
Luckily, the whole team turned up and they even wore specially commissioned kits recreating the blue kit from 1979.
Kevin said, “I was pretty nervous in case some people didn’t show up but it was a great effort from the lads.
“We had a look around the school and remembered how some lads used to get into trouble with the headteacher.
“Some of us have lost a bit of hair and put on a few pounds but the team spirit and camaraderie was still the same. It was a great and emotional day.”
Photographer Malcolm, from Alsager, added, “It was a bid challenge taking the picture and being in it but I did it on a timer.
“I was delighted to be able to take part.”
Kevin and the team are now hoping to organize five-a-side games against other old-boy primary school teams.