After a career spanning twenty years, five hundred and seventy-eight appearances and one hundred and thirty-two goals, popular forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher has announced his retirement from playing football on his thirty-eighth birthday.
In total, he played for fifteen clubs in England and Wales but will be perhaps most remembered for his spell at Blackpool where he helped them to win promotion to the Premier League in 2010, scoring in the Championship play-off final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley.
He played two hundred and thirty-seven times for the Seasiders, netting thirty-nine times including nine in the Premier League which he finally reached at the age of twenty-nine.
He was also part of the Leicester City squad that won the Championship in 2014 and also enjoyed successful spells at Lincoln City and Huddersfield Town.
In his statement on social media, Taylor-Fletcher said: ‘It has been the best trip, but now onto the next stage and whatever the future will bring.’
Fans from many of the much-travelled player’s former clubs soon took to social media to wish him all the best for his retirement and pay tribute to a player who was very skilful and talented and always gave one hundred per cent to the cause.
From a personal point of view, I watched him score one of the best goals I have ever seen a Lincoln City player produce away at Leyton Orient; he really was a top player.
Here is a selection of fans responses to the news on Twitter.
All the best GTF 🍊Legend
— Tim Dixon (@TimDixon90) June 4, 2019
Forever grateful for everything you did at Blackpool including that goal at Wembley.
— Mick McGarry (@mamcgarry) June 4, 2019
Probably one of the best player to wear a tangerine shirt in my time watching B'pool FC always gave 100% enjoy retirement GTF 👍
— Mark Turner ⚓ (@markturner442) June 4, 2019
Watching you turn Carragher inside out at Anfield was one of the highlights of that Premier League season. All the very best, GTF. #legend
— Rob Hill (@robvanriot) June 4, 2019
Happy retirement gary, you'll always be a huddersfield town legend. UTT
— Scott Simons (@ScottSimons7) June 4, 2019
Happy retirement Gary. I remember watching your early career at NVFC. Some amazing memories, Bury & Leyton Orient in the cup run particularly. All the best in your future endeavours ⚽️
— Chris Walton (@ChrisWalton52) June 4, 2019
One of my favourite players growing up watching Lincoln. All the best GTF.
— Matt (@m4tt_h) June 4, 2019
Awesome player for Lincoln always remember you back heeled mid air flick goal against Cambridge years ago for Lincoln. Happy birthday.
— Keith John Fletcher (@keithfletcher24) June 4, 2019
Brilliant player for both Lincoln and Blackpool. Happy retirement GTF 👍
— Matt Scrafton (@matt_scrafton) June 4, 2019
What a player ⚽️ You’ve given the fans memories that none of us will ever forget. Happy retirement 🍊
— UpThePool (@OxfordSeasider) June 4, 2019
Greatest ever player to grace the king power pitch
— Sam Gasking (@SamLCFC98) June 4, 2019
— david wainwright (@gbsportingvoice) June 4, 2019
My memories of you at Bloomers are pure gold you were never frightened to put in a tackle and you scored a few goals on the way. Thankyou 🍊🍊🍊🍊. Happy football retirement day many best wishes to you x
— sylviacleaver (@sylviacleaver) June 4, 2019