Matthew Etherington announces his retirement
Former player Matthew Etherington has announced his retirement due to reoccurring back injuries. He signed for us in 2009 and left in the summer after his contract ran out. He played 152 times for us scoring 13 goals, including a corker against Bolton in the 5-0 demolition of them in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Great player for Stoke, good luck Matty!
He tweeted: “Due to an ongoing back problem, the day has come for me to retire from professional football. I have some amazing memories since the day I made my debut at just 15 years old.
“Thank you to all the great clubs I have played for and to the supporters. I have made some mistakes along the way but it has made me who I am today. I look at the past with pride and to the future with optimism.
“Thanks to everyone for the kind messages. Really overwhelming reading them all. Nice to know I left a few good memories during my career.”