Fans mourn loss of Ex-Blade

Last updated : 02 January 2012 By @blades_mad1889

Gary AblettAblett, 46 played 12 times for the Blades under then manager Howard Kendall during the 1995-96 seasons campaign. He had joined on loan from Everton in March 1996 and remained at Bramall Lane until he end of the season having made his debut in a rare 1-0 win at Birmingham City.

He had previously being with Liverpool and Derby County - coming through the youth ranks with the Reds. At Anfield he won two league Championship medals as well as a FA Cup winners' medal.

In 1992 he joined Merseyside rivals Everton and following his loan spell with the Blades moved onto pastures new with Birmingham City and eventually ended his playing career with Blackpool in 2000. He returned in 2002 to Everton where he became coach of the Under-17 side and in 2006 became Liverpool Reserve Team Manager. During the 2009-10 season he was handed the opportunity to become Stockport County boss.

In 2010 he had agreed a one year deal to become a  coach at Ipswich Town but after being taken ill on the training pitch he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - a form of blood cancer.

Today, the League Managers Association issued this statement to the press; "On behalf of Gary Ablett's family the LMA has today confirmed that Gary passed away peacefully last night following a hard fought 16-month battle against. Respected throughout the game by players, coaches and managers alike Gary will be sadly missed. The LMA's thoughts and condolences are with Gary's wife Jacqueline and children."

Our condolences goes to his family and friends will will sadly miss him, we hope that football fans will take part in an expected minutes silence at Bramall Lane next Saturday.