A glittering (well sort of) 18 year footballing career ended on Saturday and it ended with a bang!
As a way to end your football career, Darren Anderton’s final act before hanging up his boots was pure Roy of the Rovers.
Having announced that Bournemouth’s game with fellow League Two strugglers Chester would be his final outing, the former England and Tottenham midfielder came off the substitutes’ bench to inspire his side to a vital 1-0 victory.
After a goalless – and largely forgettable – first half, Anderton joined the action in the 56th minute and was soon helping the Cherries lay siege to the visitors’ goal.
He had the crowd on their feet when he blasted a 35-yard free-kick wide – and then raised the roof by smashing home the only goal of the game with just two minutes remaining.
“The ball was spinning, but I hit it pretty sweet, and when the ball hit the back of the net, I did think ‘what am I doing’ [in retiring],” Anderton said.
“But I’ve made my decision, and it’s just a wonderful way to finish it all off.” (BBC Sport)
Darren Anderton always struck me as the type of player who was pretty much universally admired for his stylish intelligent play on the football field and his generally amiable demeanour of it. One thing is for sure and that is that even though he was perennially injured for stages of his Tottenham career he still managed to rack up an incredible 350+ appearances and 51 goals. He will also of course be remembered for his incredible breakthrough at Portsmouth where of course he helped the side to the FA Cup Semi Finals. He was also damn consistent when in an England shirt as well where he was instrumental in the unforgettable Euro 96 run. So what are you fondest memories of the stylish midfielder?