Q&A; Long career of travelling major

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Q. At the age of 65, George Petchey spent a few weeks as caretaker manager at Brighton. Have there been any older football managers than this?

A. There may be several managers of Football League clubs who have been active beyond 65, but perhaps the most famous was Major Frank Buckley. The major played as a centre-half for several clubs, including Brighton, both Manchester clubs, Birmingham, Derby County, and was with Bradford City when the First World War interrupted his career. Overall, he made more than 170 League and Cup appearances, scoring seven goals.

After the First World War he had short spells as manager of Norwich City and Blackpool before becoming manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1927. He continued until 1944 as manager of Wolves where he was famous for developing the successful young pre-war sides.

After Wolves, he managed Notts County and Hull City before moving to Leeds United in 1948 when in his mid-60s. The high point at Leeds was an FA Cup quarter-final place in 1950 and he also discovered John Charles while at the Yorkshire club. In the spring of 1953 he left Leeds to manage struggling Walsall. Here he failed to change the Saddlers' dismal fortunes and eventually retired as a manager in 1955 at the age of 71. - Brian Tabner, Preston

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Q. Can anyone confirm that the original burnt "Ashes" are still in the urn at Lord's? - Kevin Maguire, Batley

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