Cornwall

Cornish footballer celebrates 500th game for Wendron

Image caption Jim Collins said he had no plans to retire from the game

A Cornish footballer who has played for his village team for 25 years has been hailed a "legend" by his team-mates.

Jim Collins, 44, will play his 500th game for Wendron United near Helston on 26 November.

Mr Collins, who captains the west Cornwall club's fourth team, said he had no plans to retire from the game.

His 500th appearance will be at home against St Ives Mariners, with Wendron hoping to stay top of the local Trelawney league division five.

Mr Collins said: "I have always grown up in a village. It's nice to stay and play. I have never had any serious injuries.

"I fell down a rabbit hole on a pitch once. If you feel you're still achieving something and you can pass your knowledge on to the younger players then you keep going."

One member of the Wendron football team, Paddy Thompson, said: "He is the legend of the club.

"He comes along every Saturday and gives 100%. It's a privilege to have him on the pitch with us."

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