Former Newcastle United star lined up for shock return - two months short of 63rd birthday

Former Newcastle United and England winger Chris Waddle. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty Images)Former Newcastle United and England winger Chris Waddle. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty Images)
Former Newcastle United and England winger Chris Waddle. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty Images) | Getty Images
The former Newcastle United star turns 63 in December.

Former Newcastle United star Chris Waddle is being lined up for a shock return to playing - just two months shy of his 63rd birthday.

Hallam FC, who play in Northern Counties East Premier Division - the ninth tier of English football - are preparing to call upon the 62-time England international as a matter of urgency.

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The non-league club are enduring an injury crisis and Sheffield journalist Alan Biggs has tipped Waddle for a shock return.

Former Newcastle United and England winger Chris Waddle. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty Images)Former Newcastle United and England winger Chris Waddle. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty Images)
Former Newcastle United and England winger Chris Waddle. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty Images) | Getty Images

“Understand there is a strong possibility of Chris Waddle returning to semi-pro football two months short of his 63rd birthday,” Biggs posted on X. “Hallam FC will consider sending an SOS to the ex-Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield Wednesday and England star amid a chronic run of injuries…

“Waddle is a friend of Hallam FC (step nine in the pyramid) and it’s believed will not need too much encouragement. Never really hung up his boots - Hallam have at least 6 players out with serious injuries. Had to play with 10 men after the latest tonight.”

Hallam are back in action this weekend in the FA Vase when they host Coventry United in the FA Vase on Saturday afternoon.

Waddle started his professional career at Newcastle in 1980 and made 191 appearances before moving to Tottenham Hotspur.

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