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45-year old ex-Football League midfielder came out of retirement last night and made debut!

Due to a series of unfortunate injuries to and unavailabilities to thirteen, yes thirteen first team players, Assistant Manager and 45-year old former Football League midfielder Terry Fleming came out of retirement last night for EvoStik Premier Division side Matlock Town – but on his debut for the club, they lost 1-0 away at Basford United.

Originally Fleming was a trainee with Coventry City before moving on to play for both Northampton Town and Preston North End. Though it was in his spell for Lincoln City that he really took off. Fleming was ever present in the centre of midfield and featured heavily in the club’s promotion season in 1997–98.

In the summer of 2000, The Imps lost Fleming to Plymouth Argyle with fellow central midfielder John Finnigan also departing that season. Fleming then spent four impressive seasons with Cambridge United where he was heralded a cult hero by the supporters for his impressive performances. With the club cash strapped though Fleming left United at the end of the 2003–04 season and joined Grimsby Town on a free transfer.

At Grimsby Town, he formed a midfield partnership with fellow veteran Stacy Coldicott as Grimsby struggled and under performed in the 2004-2005 season. His performances were not good enough to earn himself a new deal with Grimsby, and both himself and Coldicott were released at the end of the season.

His next port of call was to sign for Kidderminster Harriers who had just been relegated out of the football league, after an average season, Fleming was released again and moved onto play for Moor Green (now known as Solihull Moors). Halesowen Town signed Fleming in 2007, along with two other former Football League players in the form of Stephen Cooke (who also played in the Premier League for Aston Villa) and Duane Darby. After he was released by the Yeltz, Fleming had a spell at Grantham Town.

Terry was named as Grantham Town’s captain for the 2008-09 season, impressing Gingerbreads manager John Wilkinson with his professionalism and experience. However, following Wilkinson’s departure from the club Fleming moved on to join Lincoln United. Fleming made his debut for the club in the abandoned game with Sheffield on 29 November 2008 with his official debut following in the 3-2 home victory over Stocksbridge Park Steels on 2 December 2008.

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