It’s not every day you get the chance to play alongside a member of Aston Villa’s European Cup winning team of 1982.
But dreams became reality for the men and women who play Walking Football at Villa Park when Des Bremner started attending the sessions, which take place every Tuesday in the Academy Building.
The 65-year-old has played five-a-side on a weekly basis since he retired from the professional game in 1991, and he jumped at the opportunity to come back to his former stomping ground when he first heard about Walking Football.
He said: “I’d been on holiday and when I came back a friend said ‘you’ll never guess what, but they’ve got walking football down at Villa Park – do you fancy going?’
“I said ‘yeah, why not,’ and I’ve come along and they’re a good bunch of lads. It’s a good bit of exercise, you get a bit of a sweat on and I’m really enjoying it.”
The Scottish international began his career at Hibernian before moving to Villa, where he made 227 appearances scoring 10 goals.
He won League Championship, European Cup and UEFA Super Cup medals during his time in claret and blue.
Bremner recognises the importance of staying fit into later life and says he would recommend Walking Football to anyone that enjoys the beautiful game.
He added: “It’s pretty well organised. You get your warm-up to start with which is always important when you get to our age. Once we get going, it’s good fun and all the lads enjoy it.
“It’s nice to come down and play here again. I come down to most of the games here when I’m around, so I’m down here quite regularly. But obviously coming here to the indoor arena is really good and I really enjoy the walking football with the lads.”
If you’d like to get involved in Walking Football, email Ryan Hollings at email@example.com or call him on 0121 327 2299 (Ext 414).