FA Cup third round: Wycombe name 46-year-old on bench

Barry Richardson
Barry Richardson last played a professional game in 2008

Wycombe have named 46-year-old goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson on the bench for their FA Cup third-round tie against Aston Villa.

Matt Ingram's red card against Morecambe on Saturday means he is suspended for the match, allowing a start for 20-year-old Alex Lynch.

"We've got no one else we can put in there," said boss Gareth Ainsworth. "That's Wycombe, you get your chances."

Richardson last played a professional game for Doncaster in 2005.

In that Football League Trophy match against Cambridge, Richardson suffered a broken leg that has effectively ended his playing career.

Since then, he has been a regular unused substitute for Nottingham Forest, Cheltenham, Peterborough - including being on the bench for their 2011 League One play-off final - and Wycombe.

Elder statesmen of the FA Cup

1924 FA Cup final
At 41 years and 257 days, Billy Hampson (not pictured) became the oldest man to appear in an FA Cup final, playing in Newcastle's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in 1924
Bert Turner
At 36 years and 312 days, Bert Turner (right) became the oldest goalscorer in an FA Cup final in Charlton's 4-1 defeat by Derby in 1946
David James
At 39 years and 287 days, David James became the oldest goalkeeper to appear in an FA Cup final, playing in Portsmouth's 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in 2010.

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