Fitness fanatic David a priceless asset

AT 42 years of age, David McGregor is leading scorer in both the Coplestonians first and second teams.He goes to the gymnasium every morning at 6am to keep fit enough in order to carry on playing.

By Elvin King

AT 42 years of age, David McGregor is leading scorer in both the Coplestonians first and second teams.

He goes to the gymnasium every morning at 6am to keep fit enough in order to carry on playing.

“They say that you watch football longer than you play,” he said.

“I want to be the exception to the rule.”

David has scored seven times for the first team in the Senior Division of the Metaltec SIL, and 15 times for the reserves in the intermediate division.

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He has scored a total of 247 goals in 191 appearances in two spells with Cops.

“The time for me to hang up my boots will be when I can no longer give 100 per cent. Hopefully, that will be some time away.

“I was asked to assist Leon Phillips run the second team, but when the first team were short of a striker I was asked to move back up.

“It has gone well and I have scored six times in the last eight games.

“I have always enjoyed my football and continue to do so.”

David's job as a sales director sees him travelling all over the country and he drives around 1,000 miles a week, but he added: “I ensure that I hit the Fitness First gym before spending most of the rest of the day in my car.”

David played Boys' Brigade football until he was 18 and says that the highlight of his playing career was scoring a hat-trick for the 3rd Ipswich BB in the last 14 minutes of a cup final.

He then joined Fonnereau and has also played in the SIL for Ransomes, Willis and Westerfield. He has turned out in the Ridgeons League for Woodbridge Town and Clacton Town.

His record in Saturday football is approximately 700 goals in 650 appearances, added to which he has netted approximately 680 goals in 570 appearances in Sunday matches for Royal George, Blandford, Trinity, Melton and Cops Centre.

“I have been with Coplestonians on and off for the last nine seasons,” said David, who was the instigator of a Coplestonians nude calendar in 2000 that raised money for Children in Need.

“It went well and we are thinking about getting our kit off and doing it again. We were too young last time!”

Tony Robinson, Copleston-ians' vice-chairman and press officer said: “I can't think of another 42-year-old forward still playing in the SIL Senior Division and certainly none who leads the scoring charts in both the first and second teams.

“His commitment, stamina and fitness would be a credit to anyone half his age. He is a great club man, who helps with the coaching. In short, he is a priceless asset to the club.”

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