While football is a young man’s game, every now and then some players will play professional football into their late 30’s. With the advancement of sports science, this will become more common in the future.
Oldest footballers to play in the Premier League
1. John Burridge
Age: 43 years 5 months 11 days
Burridge had a career that spanned almost thirty years, playing with 29 different clubs. Despite being a journeyman, he has the record as the oldest football player to make an appearance in the Premier League.
2. Alec Chamberlain
Age: 42 years 10 months 23 days
The former Watford stop stopper is number two on the list. A fan favorite at Vicarage Road, Chamberlain’s career lasted 25 years in total.
3. Steve Ogrizovic
Age: 42 years 7 months 24 days
Ogrizovic is yet another English goalkeeper who has the honor of being the third-oldest player to feature in the Premier League. Currently, Ogrizovic is a coach at his beloved Coventry City FC.
4. Brad Friedel
Age: 42 years 5 months 23 days
Friedel is rated as one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League history, turning out for Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham. The American holds the record for the most consecutive Premier League appearances.
5. Mark Schwarzer
Age: 42 years 5 months 8 days
The Middlesbrough legend had an impressive career despite playing with clubs in the lower half of the league. At Teesside he built his reputation as a reliable keeper, appearing 367 times before moving to Fulham, Chelsea and later Leicester City. The Australian has the third-most clean sheets in the Premier League with 151, behind David James and Petr Cech.
6. Neville Southall
Age: 41 years 5 months 25 days
Back in his day, Neville Southall was a solid keeper for Everton FC despite being grossly overweight. If Southall only managed to lose the extra weight, he would have achieved a lot more in his footballing career.
7. Kevin Poole
Age: 41 years 5 months 11 days
Kevin Poole’s career lasted an astonishing 32 years with eight different teams! He only retired four years ago at the age of 50.
8. Jens Lehmann – Age: 41 years 5 months
The eccentric German was a member of Arsenal’s Invincibles squad, a team that dominated English football for a short period. Jens Lehmann was loved by the Gunners for his crazy antics on the pitch and was signed by Arsenal on two occasions. In 2017, Lehmann joined their backroom staff as a first-team coach.
9. Teddy Sheringham
Age: 41 years 5 months
Former Man United striker holds the record as the oldest outfield player in the English top flight. He will always be remembered for that crucial goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. Sheringham never received the credit he deserved and was definitively one of England’s most underrated strikers.
10. Edwin Van Der Sar
Age: 40 years 8 months 28 days
Van Der Sar is held in high regard by all Manchester United supporters. The Dutch shot-stopper signed for the Red Devils at 35 years old but still managed to keep his position in the starting line up until he was 40. Van Der Sar is now CEO of Ajax, the club where he started his career.
11. Ryan Giggs
Age: 40 years 6 months 23 days
The Welshman is another Man United legend to feature on the list. The left winger had a decorated career at Old Trafford, where he won everything possible at club level. Giggs spent 24 years playing for the world’s biggest club, scoring and assisting goals in each season. Giggs was an intelligent player who adapted his game once he lost his blistering pace. Towards the end of his career, he played mainly as a central midfielder.
12. Shay Given
Age: 40 years 04 months 29 days
Given was a talented goalkeeper that wasted too much time playing for Newcastle United. Arguably, within the top 10 keepers in the last 20 seasons and rarely made any high-profile mistakes. A consistent, reliable performer that loved big matches. Given’s performances for the Irish national team regularly saved them from embarrassment.
13. David Seaman
Age: 40 years 3 months 22 days
A great keeper in his prime but sadly will be remembered for his mistake in 2002 World Cup, where somehow Ronaldinho lobbed the ball over his head from 40 yards out.
14. Kevin Phillips
Age: 40 years 2 months 26 days
The former Sunderland goal poacher was a prolific striker that scored goals for fun at every level of English football. At his peak, Phillips scored 30 goals in a season and won the European Golden Boot while playing for Sunderland.
15. Gordon Strachan
Age: 40 years 2 months 24 days
The ginger Scotsman played for Aberdeen, Manchester United, Coventry City and Leeds United. Despite Strachan’s small stature, he was still a brilliant footballer. After his retirement, he enjoyed good spells as manager of Celtic FC and the Scottish National team.
16. Steve Harper
Age: 40 years 2 months 10 days
Harper spent the majority of his career as second choice to Shay Given at Newcastle United.
17. Bryan Robson
Age: 39 years 11 months 21 days
Robson is Man United’s longest-serving club captain and is adored by fans in the red half of Manchester. Robson amassed 345 appearances at United, becoming a club legend for his goalscoring ability from midfield.
18. Dave Beasant
Age: 39 years 11 months
Dave Beasant is not a name many football fans will remember. He was a solid goalkeeper for Championship clubs but was never consistent enough to play many games in the Premier League.
19. John Lukic
Age: 39 years 11 months
Lukic played for two of the most famous clubs in England, Leeds United and Arsenal.
20. Jussi Jääskeläinen
Age: 39 years 9 months 23 days
Jääskeläinen was a quality keeper in his days at Bolton, single-handedly helped them avoid relegation on various occasions.