Stephen Warnock plays his final professional match
Ormskirk born footballer Stephen Warnock took to Twitter to let his followers know that he has played the final game of his professional playing career. The match against Walsall ended 1-1 and he got the assist for the goal. The match brought down the curtain for our local lad, after he announced his plans to retire at the end of this season.
The former Liverpool defender was on loan to Bradford City from Burton Albion when he announced his retirement plans.
In his career he was capped twice for England and played for Liverpool, Coventry City, Bradford City, Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Leeds United, Derby County and Wigan Athletic.
The former St Bede’s pupil took to social media earlier in the year to announce his plans for retirement: It’s every players hardest moment in football…to hang up their boots! It’s not been an easy decision but this season will be my last as a professional.
I’d like to thank the staff at Liverpool FC, especially Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon and Hughie McCauley for their belief in me especially after my injuries.
2 of my dreams came true, to pull on the famous red jersey of Liverpool and to also wear the white of England. I’m lucky to have represented & captained some of the biggest clubs in England and this I am very proud of. Thank you to all the fans of the clubs I represented.
I still feel I have a lot to offer the game and give back so I’m excited for what lies ahead.
Finally…to my family. I thank you for all your support through the highs and lows we have shared together.
Born on 12th December 1981, the 5 ft 7 in player helped Liverpool to win the UEFA Super Cup in 2005.