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Sheringham to call it a day

I just went on to have a quick look on t'internet before wrapping things up and going away for the afternoon and night when I noticed that Teddy Sheringham had announced that he will retire at the end of the season...

A career spanning almost 25 years, which has seen him star for club - all of them - and country, setting various records and winning numerous medals, most famously the champions league as part of a treble with United in 1999 when he scored the late equaliser before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's even latter winner.

He also famously scored an equaliser for England against Greece in 2001 with his first touch after coming on as a sub, which looked like it would take us to the 2002 world cup finals, only for Greece to score again before 'that' David Beckham free kick.

But his most famous moment for England must have been during Euro 96 when he played a major hand in helping us to one of our most famous victories of all time, a 4-1 thrashing of Holland - what a fantastic game that was, what a night it was full stop...

By the time we signed him in 2003 he was already well past the 'veteran' stage, but he had only the summer before played at the world cup finals with England. What a season he had with us, his goals and all-round play had a major bearing on us staying in the top flight that season - in fact it was he that scored our first ever premiership goal in our 2-1 win over Villa, netting just before half time.

It was a major shame that he could not have stayed for longer than he did, but he proved he could still hack it as he carried on playing, and playing as well as ever for many years after. I have not seen, or heard much of him at all this season to be honest, I do know he got sent off for Colchester in a game against Palace though I believe?

I can remember when we signed him, he was another of those players that 'I could not believe we had signed', and still some 4 and a half or so years on still cannot believe that he did, but we are still - well I am anyway - getting this same feeling with most signings!

So, come May he will call time on his glittering career. Colchester are currently in serious relegation danger in the Championship, but I do hope for his sake as well as theirs that he can help them avoid the drop, as it would be a real shame to see his career end on such a sour note with him being relegated.

Whatever he does in the future, I wish him the best of luck. It does seem as though he will be moving into coaching or management, so I would not put it past him to one day make a return to Fratton Park - or hopefully whatever a new stadium is called - in the future...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 1 2008

Time: 2:23PM

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What a player. Another great HR purchase. No doubt Teddys days at other clubs may grab the headlines but his season with us in our first season up, will be richly remembered by us whos saw it all. From the first goal, in the first game with Villa, the hatrick at home to Bolton & the goal at Highbury & of course others. We salute you Teddy.
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01/03/2008 15:03:00

Teddy has a great deal to pass on to youngsters and others. The ability to stretch your career by using minimum of effort to maximum effect - use your brain not your legs. The goal at Highbury showed the Premier League that Pompey had arrived!! Good luck for the future Ted!!
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01/03/2008 15:13:00

Have to say, I met the guy when he signed for us in the summer. He has had an impact off the pitch without doubt at Col U and what a pro and modern legend he really is. Was sent off against Coventry. Has only three goals this season, and he may still play at a semi-pro level with his son in Denmark!
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01/03/2008 17:42:00

Please feel free to reflect on Sheringham's achievements on Vital Colchester! Thanks
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01/03/2008 17:48:00

Cheers Matt - i may just pop on later this evening.. Teddy was a diamond for us and even though he played for those two clubs I detest (spuds and manx) he was also a player to be admired He achievements are many but I'm sure each of the seven clubs he played for will have their own special memories
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01/03/2008 19:15:00

what a hero. lets not forget the goal against arsenal in the cup, when we lost 5/6-1. very important goal.
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01/03/2008 19:17:00

Hadn't realised that he became the oldest premiership scorer (as well as being the oldest premiership player) when he scored against us on Boxing day last season..
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01/03/2008 19:18:00

Oh Teddy Teddy, Teddy Sheringham! Thanks guys for the comments and good luck to the man who defied medical science for so long!
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01/03/2008 23:46:00

a good man gave his all for the game he loved but at 200 it is time to retire
ozanne park rangers
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02/03/2008 01:40:00

Besides Pompey, I will remember for his feinted shot against Holland in 96 which led to Shearer smashing home, class
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02/03/2008 12:01:00

Great player, reason he could play on for so long was that he was never blessed with lightning pace, but he was blessed with a lightning quick football brain. They always said his first two yards were in his head.
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02/03/2008 14:31:00

I agree pompey4me, although I think it's more like he was selectivly used at Man Utd for about four years and harldy ever got injured! Good luck Super Ted, will be missed.
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