Former William Torbitt footballer gets one last shot at glory with Absolute Radio

A man thought to have scored one of the fastest ever goals at Wembley has been selected from thousands of competition entrants to play ‘One Last Game’ for Absolute Radio.

Mark Grove, 42, a former pupil of William Torbitt Primary School, Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park works for an electrical wholesalers in Chadwell Heath.

He has picked up the nickname ‘Lightning’ on The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show after becoming part of host Christian’s strikeforce.

Now living in Epping, Mark will try to recreate his Wembley glory against breakfast co-host Richie Firth and his team of school friends.

Mark said: “I can’t believe they called me lightning, because I’m anything but. Anyone who knows me must have been laughing.


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“This will be my last game. I can’t do it anymore, it hurts too much.

“I’d love to score the winner, but another goal after 13 seconds would be even better.”

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His footballing career at William Torbitt ended without any trophies for the then 11-year-old, but his fortunes changed on that fateful day at Wembley.

As part of a charity day for the Bobby Moore Fund, Mark was chosen to play for an England team in which he triumphed against bitter rivals Germany and Argentina.

He then climbed the famous steps to receive the trophy and his winners medal from Sir Trevor Brooking.

He added: “They put four teams in one bowl, four countries in another bowl and luckily I was chosen to play for England.

“It was a great day and if you watch the highlights, I think my goal is actually faster than they say.”

Absolute Radio’s ‘One Last Game’ will take place at Charlton Atheltic’s ground The Valley on Friday, May 11 with commentary from Rock N Roll Football’s Jim Proudfoot.

Did you play in the school football team with Mark at William Torbitt? Email joshua.fowler@archant.co.uk or call 020 8477 3821.

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