Friday, February 29, 2008

Teddy Sheringham to Announce Retirement

Coach Mom & I were fortunate to see him play for West Ham in October of 2006, and he scored -- at the age of 40! It was a thrill to see the old lion looking young again. West Ham won 2-1 and the crowd jubilantly chanted "There's only one Alan Pardew" at the end of the game; the manager was fired six weeks later. It was Sheringham's final season in the English Premier League. This year he's been riding the pine at Colchester in the Championship and I guess he's had enough. Farewell, happy warrior.

Times (uk): Teddy Sheringham reaches end of the road - but what a ride
Tony Cascarino raises a glass to his former Millwall teammate, who is in his final season at Colchester United

One of the longest and most spectacular careers in the modern era will come to a close in May. Teddy Sheringham will announce tomorrow that he will retire at the end of the season. A playing life that began in 1982 when he was signed by Millwall as an apprentice will finish on May 4 when Colchester United face Scunthorpe United at Glandford Park — when he will be aged 42 years and one month.

The announcement will come on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme and Teddy will deserve all the plaudits he’s going to get because he has been one of the finest forwards in decades. You have only to look at his 51 England caps and the managers who have signed him and played him for proof of his excellence — Brian Clough, Terry Venables and Sir Alex Ferguson, to name a few.

They appreciated Teddy’s value and what he could bring to a game. He’s had that rare combination of intense hunger and calm intelligence. In an era when pace is so crucial up front, he survived and flourished even though he was never quick. If he had been blessed with speed, he would have been as good as Marco van Basten because he has so many natural gifts.

wikipedia: Teddy Sheringham

Edward Paul 'Teddy' Sheringham MBE (born 2 April 1966 in Highams Park, London) is a veteran English professional footballer currently playing for Colchester United and the father of footballer Charlie Sheringham. Sheringham plays as a striker, and has had a successful career at club level, winning almost every domestic honour available with his clubs, most notably the treble with Manchester United. Sheringham has also represented England at international level. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in June 2007.[1]

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