Former Liverpool defender Gary Ablett dies, aged 46

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Gary AblettLiverpool Football Club is today mourning the loss of former defender Gary Ablett, who sadly lost his fight with non-Hodgkins lymphoma on Sunday night, aged 46.

A Scouser born and bred, Ablett played 147 times for the Reds.

He went on to play for Everton, Birmingham, Blackpool and Long Island Rough Riders in the USA, as well as loan spells at Derby County, Hull City, Sheffield Utd and Wycombe Wanderers.

He went on to coach at the Everton Academy and later managed Liverpool’s Reserves up to 2009, having won the Premier Division North in 2008. He then took charge of Stockport County but left the club after a year. He then took a coaching job at Ipswich but was taken ill at the training ground and was then diagnosed with the disease.

Ablett was handed his debut by Kenny Dalglish in 1986, scoring his only goal for the club that season in a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest and was the club for 9 years before across Stanley Park.

Ablett had been fighting the disease for 16 months. Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter.

Rest in peace, Gary. You’ll Never Walk Alone

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