Retiring Jamie Carragher joins honour roll of One-Club Men

Carragher and Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard in action in 2004. Photo: PA

Following yesterday's confirmation that Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who has made over 700 senior appearances for the Reds since emerging from their youth ranks, is to retire at the end of the season, here we look at some of football's other great one-club men:


Centre-back Adams, widely considered as "Mr Arsenal", became the club's youngest-ever captain when he assumed the armband in the 1987-88 season at the age of 21. He retained it until his retirement at the end of 2001-02 - the second campaign in which he won a double with the Gunners, among his overall total of four top-flight titles and three FA Cup triumphs.


Like Adams, Blackpool's Armfield skippered both his club and England. The full-back made his Seasiders first-team debut in 1954 and his final appearance came in 1971, by which time he had played over 600 games for them.


Baresi, the sweeper in a famous AC Milan defence, enjoyed a 20-year senior career with the Rossoneri, during which time he became captain and the Italian giants won six Scudettos and three European Cups. Retiring in 1997, he had also been part of the Italy squad that triumphed at the 1982 World Cup, and later skippered his country.


Another captain of both club and country, current England and Liverpool skipper Gerrard made his Reds debut in 1998-99 - two seasons after Carragher - and has gone on to become one of the greatest players in the Merseyside outfit's history. So often proving to be the team's inspiration, the midfielder has collected one Champions League, one UEFA Cup, two FA Cup and three League Cup winner's medals.


The Welshman who burst on to the scene with Manchester United in the early 1990s as an exciting young winger continues to be an important player for Sir Alex Ferguson at the age of 39, albeit in a central midfield role. Giggs is the most decorated Premier League player in history, having won 12 titles, and also has four FA Cups and two Champions League triumphs among the host of honours on his CV.

Matt Le Tissier famously stayed at Southampton despite a talent which could have taken him elsewhere. Credit: PA

MATTHEW LE TISSIERIt has often been said that Le Tissier should have plied his trade for a "bigger" club such was his talent, but the England playmaker opted to spend his entire professional career with Southampton, scoring a hatful of goals - several of which will live long in the memory - in a stint that lasted from 1986 to 2002.NAT LOFTHOUSELofthouse, who died in 2011, is perhaps best remembered for his exploits for England, most notably the battling effort he made to score in a game against Austria, which earned him the title of 'the Lion of Vienna' - one of 30 goals he netted in 33 caps. The centre-forward was also prolific for Bolton, who he scored 285 goals for between 1946 and 1960 and captained to FA Cup glory in 1958.PAOLO MALDINIDefender Maldini, who played for club and country alongside Baresi and succeeded him as captain, made his AC Milan debut in 1985 and retired in 2009 with seven Scudettos and five European Cups to his name.GARY NEVILLERight-back Neville, part of the same crop of youngsters at Manchester United as Giggs, brought his time as a Red Devils player to an end with his retirement in 2011, having made over 600 appearances for the club, been their captain and won 85 England caps.PAUL SCHOLESScholes was another member of United's famed 'Class of 92' and, like Giggs, is still a part of the squad. The former England midfielder retired in 2011, only to reverse his decision last season, and he has more than 700 club appearances under his belt.