The 43-Year Old Striker Who Has Scored In Every Season Since 1994/95
Remember Jamie Cureton? He made his professional debut with Norwich City all the way back in 1993 and yet at the ripe old of 43, he is still going strong today.
Cureton has played for a total of 18 clubs, ranging from Bristol Rovers and Reading to Busan I'Cons in South Korea, in a 24-year career.
He's played in the top eight divisions of the English football pyramid and currently finds himself balancing a coaching role with Arsenal Under 16's alongside his position as joint-manager at Bishops Stortford, who play in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
And even though he's getting any younger, Cureton is still proving to be an absolute bagsman. In November, he notched his 350th career goal after netting a hat-trick in a 4-2 win.
Fast forward a few months and he still leads the scoring charts in the league, with a joint-high tally of 15 so far.
Last night, his side took on Watford's youngsters in a Hertfordshire Senior Challenge Cup and Cureton couldn't help but bring himself on in the fray.
There was a bit of 'dads vs lads' about it as well, with Watford's Twitter account letting everyone know that Cureton was being marked by players 27 years younger than him.
Jamie Cureton, 43, has just come on for @BSFCTheBlues. He is 27 years older than some of the #watfordfc defenders he is now playing against. pic.twitter.com/jKbXIhse7K
- Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 22, 2019
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Bishops Stortford were beaten 5-3 penalties after a 3-3 draw in 90 minutes but Cureton has plenty left to achieve in the game; he's not far off 1000 appearances and could realistically hit 400 career goals if he continues to be prolific.
"If I'm still playing in another year's time, then that would be something in my head," the journeyman striker told the BBC.
"I'd think 'one more year and I can do it', and I probably would try to push myself to try to achieve that. If I get another 10-15 goals this season and then 20 next season, we'll be getting a bit more serious and thinking about it.
"Why not? I'd hate to get very close to it and then call it a day. It's something to be chased down and I like challenges."
One achievement that might be a step too far for Cureton is for him to still be playing when he is in his 50's; something which 51-year old Japanese legend Kazuyoshi Miura is currently doing.
'King Kazu', started his career way back in 1986 when Lionel Richie was number one in the charts and scored 55 goals in 89 games for Japan, as well as turning out for clubs such as Santos, Genoa, Dinamo Zagreb and Sydney FC.
Miura recently signed a new one-year contract with Yokohama FC ahead of his 34th season as a professional, with he and Cureton the two players featured in FIFA 96 to still be playing.
:newspaper: Kazuyoshi Miura, who turns 52 next month, has announced *another* new deal with Yokohama FC.- FourFourTwo :soccer: (@FourFourTwo) January 11, 2019
He's the only active player who was playing when the J.League was formed in 1993.
Legend. :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/ZO9Q7KGPTb
Maybe age is just a number after all...
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