Blades in tribute to ‘quality’ defender

Former Sheffield United defender Gary Ablett has lost his battle with cancer.
Former Sheffield United defender Gary Ablett has lost his battle with cancer.
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SHEFFIELD United have paid tribute to their former defender Gary Ablett who has lost his battle with cancer.

Ablett died on New Year’s Day, after a 16-month battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

He made his name with hometown club’s Liverpool and Everton - becoming the first player to win the FA Cup with both clubs - before playing 12 games on loan at Sheffield United in Division One at the end of the 1995-96 season.

Chris Steer, Blades chairman, told the club’s official website: “All at Sheffield United were very upset to learn of the passing of Gary.

“He enjoyed a very successful career in the game, coming very briefly to Bramall Lane, on loan, during that career.

“We, of course, send our most sincere condolences to his family and closest friends at this time.

“Although staying with us for only a short time, we were all aware of his quality and ability as a cultured centre-half who, quite rightly, spent the vast majority of his playing career in the top flight.”

Ablett later played for Birmingham City, Wycombe Wanderers, Blackpool and American side Long Island Rough Riders before managing Stockport County for a year.

He leaves his wife Jacqueline and three children.

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