‘Vintage’ Kevin Ellison cites cutting back on booze as the key to helping him play to age 42

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‘Vintage’ Kevin Ellison credits cutting back the booze as key to helping him play to age 42 ahead of League Two play-of-final for Newport

  • Ellison is the ‘Peter Pan’ of the Football League and is still playing at the age of 42
  • The attacker hopes to impress Newport against his old club Morecambe
  • Newport will play the Shrimps on Monday afternoon in the play-off final of League Two

Kevin Ellison enjoyed a drink or two after a game in his early career, but cutting back on the drink allowed him to keep playing until the age of 42.

The Football League’s ‘Peter Pan’ now hopes to take center stage for Newport on Monday against his former club Morecambe at Wembley in the League Two play-off final.

“I used to like a drink, but now I take much better care of myself,” he said.

Kevin Ellison has credited cutting back on booze as the key to playing until the ripe old age of 42

Kevin Ellison has credited cutting back on booze as the key to playing until the ripe old age of 42

‘I like yoga, spin classes and swimming, as well as a better diet to keep myself in shape.

‘I’ve changed a lot to keep up with the other guys in the locker room. I still think I could push myself a little bit more, even though I’ve squeezed out every drop of skill I have in me. ‘

Last August, Ellison was a few days away from a job at a Liverpool factory before getting a call from Newport.

“If Newport can get promoted, it will be the pinnacle of my career,” he added.

The Newport forward faced his old club Morecambe in the League Two final

The Newport forward faced his old club Morecambe in the League Two final

The Newport forward faced his old club Morecambe in the League Two final

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