Kevin Ellison has no plans to retire after becoming the oldest outfield player to play in playoffs

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Newport’s Kevin Ellison is ready to give Sir Stanley Matthews a run for his money after the attacker, 42, became the oldest outfield player in the playoffs… as he insists he has NO plans to retire

  • Kevin Ellison says he is ready to give Sir Stanley Matthews ‘a run for his money’
  • The 42-year-old forward from Newport has said he has no retirement plans yet
  • Ellison became the oldest fielder to play in the playoffs on Sunday
  • He scored to fire the Welsh club to an aggregate victory of 5–4 over Forest Green

Newport Forward Kevin Ellison says he’s ready to give Sir Stanley Matthews ‘a run for his money’ while the 42-year-old has no thoughts of retirement.

Ellison became the oldest outfield player to play in the playoffs when his outstanding solo offense fired the Welsh club to an aggregate 5-4 victory over Forest Green in the semi-final.

The Exiles haven’t won a Football League promotion since 1980. And while manager Michael Flynn wasn’t born, golden old Ellison was – and loves the tease about it.

Newport forward Kevin Ellison, 42, has revealed that he has no retirement plans yet

“Someone mentioned Stanley Matthews to me after the Forest Green game,” Ellison said. ‘He was a much better footballer than I was, but I’m going to give him a run for his money! Age is just a number, I take every year as it comes. But I want to keep playing. I feel good, so let’s see what the future holds. ‘

Matthews’ storied career with Stoke and Blackpool didn’t end until he was 50.

To add one more sub-plot to the Newport showdown, Ellison was about to take time for a 25-year senior career when he left Monday’s opponent Morecambe at the end of last season.

Ellison got into a fight with Shrimps boss Derek Adams and planned to work on a factory production line for minimum wages. But Flynn got in touch with him and, after being isolated for a week in teammate Matty Dolan’s attic, joined Newport and now hopes they can get to the third level for the first time since 1987.

Ellison says he's ready to meet Sir Stanley Matthews (left)

Ellison says he is ready to give Sir Stanley Matthews (left) ‘a run for his money’

Ellison became the oldest outfield player to play in the playoffs when his outstanding solo attack shot the Welsh club to an aggregate victory of 5-4 over Forest Green in the semi-final.

Ellison became the oldest outfield player to play in the playoffs when his outstanding solo attack shot the Welsh club to an aggregate victory of 5-4 over Forest Green in the semi-final.

Adams’ Morecambe, on the other hand, has never been on the third tier – they’ve played more Football League seasons with no promotion than any team, having been stuck in League Two since 2007.

Adams said, ‘We know the opportunity and what it is: a chance to get into League One. You really can’t think of it as a different game. ‘

Ellison scored in Newport’s 3-1 win over Morecambe in March and headed straight for the home dugout to celebrate in front of Adams.

Ellison added: ‘I’m glad what happened in the season when I got my little bit of payback and my emotions out. But that is now gone. This is about Newport against Morecambe, not Kevin Ellison against their manager. But I think this final will be Kevin’s time. ‘

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