Gary Doherty announces retirement

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Former Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City defender Gary Doherty has announced his retirement from football. 

The 34-year-old, who had been on the books at high-flying League Two side Wycombe, has made the decision in light of a knee injury sustained back in pre-season. 

Impressive career

Although never being one to dominate the headlines, Doherty has been a great servant to the game having represented five different clubs across four divisions.

He begun his career at Luton Town in the old second division before then being brought to Tottenham by Director of Football at the time David Pleat for a transfer fee of £1million.

The ex-Republic of Ireland centre-back proceeded to stay at White Hart Lane for six years prior to a move to Nigel Worthington's Norwich City who had won promotion to the Premier League after winning the Championship in 2004.


He accumulated 202 appearances for the Canaries and stuck with the club after they were relegated to League One in 2009, and also helped them win promotion back to England's second-tier in Paul Lambert's first season at the club. 

A fleeting two-year spell at Charlton Athletic followed but after injury reared its head during his time at Wycombe the player known as "the ginger Pele" has opted to bring his glittering career to an end. 

Sad day

Doherty gave an interview to BBC Sport professing his sadness about the circumstances surrounding his retirement. 

"It's the hardest decision for any footballer to have to make," said Doherty, who begun his career as a forward.

"You always hope you'll be able to retire in your own time when it's right for you, but injury has forced my hand and it's one of those things you have to deal with."

His Wycombe manager Gary Ainsworth was also full of praise for a player who played 47 times for the club. 

"Gary is a special guy who's had a fantastic career, so I'm gutted for him that he's had to retire," he said.

"I know it was a tough decision, but he has to do what's right for him and I know I can speak for all of the lads when I say it's been a privilege to have him in the squad."

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