Forty-year-old Kevin Ellison has signed a new one-year contract at Morecambe to ensure his twenty-first season as a professional footballer
Ellison was one of two forty-year-olds to make an appearance in the Football League last season with the other being Crawley Town midfielder Dannie Bulman who is twenty-three days older than the Morecambe forward.
The much-travelled veteran scored seven goals in forty-nine appearances for the Shrimps last season as they finished seventeenth in League Two.
Ellison characteristically announced the news on Twitter where he has created quite a following with his light-hearted fan interaction.
I rise again ??⚽️?? https://t.co/2F4OOZvCOO
— ⚽️KEV11ELLY⚽️ (@KEVIN11ELLISON) June 18, 2019
The popular player also recently received widespread respect for going public about his mental health issues and with eleven previous clubs to his name it was no surprise that supporters soon took to social media to comment on the news and Ellison’s incredible achievement.
Here is a selection of responses on Twitter by football fans and some fellow professionals to the news that the big forward with the sweet left foot will once again be giving League Two defences and supporters a hard time next season.
Amazing to think this man is still playing! The absolute consummate professional day in day out! One of the very best characters and humans around good luck @KEVIN11ELLISON ??????#toughtimesdontlastbuttoughpeopledo https://t.co/RMhWjk1m3f
— Scholars Therapies (@scholarstherapy) June 18, 2019
True legend of the sport
— Aidan Stephenson (@AJSbirdapp) June 19, 2019
The game needs players like Kevin Ellison for what he gives on and off the pitch. What a role model for younger players.
— Paul Cole (@ClaretPaul26) June 19, 2019
He is literally the greatest footballer ever
— Landy (@LandyLandy_) June 19, 2019
What a pro, remember he had a lethal left and did very well at Hull in the 70s I recall ???
— Buckers (@Sportsm35470911) June 19, 2019
— Peter Bellamy ?? (@peterbellamy) June 18, 2019
Proper legend Kevin Ellison is, represents everything the game is about, playing for the love of it, and still performs really well to a professional standard https://t.co/14GlHWZw9q
— ????? (@20goalsBakayoko) June 18, 2019
Great to hear that he’s playing still love his attitude and banter – from a Cambridge fan
— Dimi Degea (@amberandblack00) June 18, 2019
He’ll be there playing when he 100
— Rob Davies (@Robbiedaviesjnr) June 18, 2019