On 7th of February 2013 Liverpool defender James Lee Duncan Carragher better known to football lovers as Jamie Carragher announced that he will be hanging up his boots at the end of the 2012/2013 season.
Interestingly Jamie rejected a one year extension to his contract at the Anfield Club choosing instead to call it quits on an illustrious career while at the very top.
Jamie Carragher first ventured into football at the tender age of 7 when his talent was recognized by an under 11’s team called Merton Villa. He was then accepted at the Liverpool Academy at age 16 after a stint at the FA School of excellence. He ventured into professional football aged 18 in the 1996/1997 season and has been a permanent fixture at the top flight since then. He is one of the very few ‘one-club’ players remaining in the English premier League.
Liverpool vice captain since 2003, Jamie has played a total of 723 times for the Anfield club with 496 of those appearances being in the league and has been the backbone of the Liverpool defence for many years. The mental image of Jamie Carragher barking orders from deep in the heart of defence will be an everlasting memory.
Jamie has won 12 titles during his time at Anfield including the 5 trophies won in the 2000-2001 season and the memorable Champions League win at Instabul in 2004-2005. The only trophy to elude him has been the league title. Jamie has also won many personal accolades both at club and the Association level.
Carragher will continue with his charity work on retirement with his ‘23 Foundation’ a charity organization aimed at giving local children opportunities to better themselves. However many expect that he will ultimately take up a coaching role at Liverpool FC and suggestions have been made that he will also take up a media role.
So what will Jamie be most remembered for? Is it his no nonsense tackling? His ability to marshall his back four? His ability to lift the team up even in the worst of circumstances? His capacity to interpret a game and align his defence to counter any situation? His commitment to his club, determination, total dedication and his passion for the game? His sportsmanship?
Whatever you will remember Jamie Carragher for, the fact remains that he will always remain in the folklore of Liverpool and the heart of the footballing world in general. Jamie Carragher is a true legend.
Take a bow Jamie Carragher, take a bow…..
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