iPro Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Reading

Saturday, 02 May 2015, 12:15

Sky Bet Ch'ship

The Den

Last Game

Millwall 3 - 3 Derby

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Higginbotham hangs up boots

Former Derby and Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham has announced his retirement with immediate effect only a week after joining Skrill North side Altrincham.

Last Updated: 08/01/14 at 23:05 Post Comment

Danny Higginbotham: Has hung up his boots

Danny Higginbotham: Has hung up his boots

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 35-year-old made the switch to his home town club from Chester in a bid to reignite his love of the game, but that has now been extinguished, with the Gibraltar international deciding to call time on his career on Wednesday.

"I realise this will come completely out of the blue to a lot of people, but, believe me, it is not a decision that has been taken lightly. It is a massive step to hang up your boots and accept you are finished, but it's one I could not avoid," Higginbotham said.

"Looking back, I should probably have quit when I left Chester, but I couldn't pass up the chance of joining Alty. I always said I would play for the club I have always supported and I genuinely hoped it would prove the catalyst for firing me up again and getting me back to how I used to be.

"But the harsh reality is, it didn't, and if anything confirms it is time to go, then that's it.

"I had to be true to myself, and if I had carried on pocketing money for the rest of the season, I'd have been letting down the rest of the players, the manager, the supporters and everyone connected with the club.

"'Last night at Gainsborough just confirmed it. It wasn't because we lost. I can take a defeat. I just wasn't enjoying it and wasn't putting my body on the line like I used to in my Premier League days, and I just couldn't put it off any longer."

Higginbotham started his career at Manchester United where he made seven appearances, before a loan spell at Royal Antwerp preceded spells with Derby, Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's why Mourinho is so successful. He gives players a specific, limited set of functions to perform. They are but a cog in a machine. Do no more, do no less. I assume he learnt it from LvG :)

red_devil83
Fellaini Has Politely Become Undroppable

I

really hope that someone in the mainstream media spots that the Bayern manager played for and managed Barcelona quite well, and thinks to mention it in the build up. That would be really interesting.

megabrow (cufc)
Barcelona to face Bayern

Y

our gob says one thing, Brendan, the results say something else.

balls-to-monty
Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

Footer 365

Eden Hazard lands PFA Player of the Year award

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been named the PFA Player of the Year.

Harry Kane lands PFA Young Player of the Year award

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Arsene Wenger says it is impossible for Chelsea to lose title

Arsene Wenger believes it is just a matter of time before Chelsea are crowned champions after their 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company