Higginbotham retires a week after joining Altrincham

Former Derby and Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham has announced his retirement with immediate effect only a week after joining Skrill North side Altrincham.

I realise this will come completely out of the blue to a lot of people, but, believe me, it is not a decision that has been taken lightly. It is a massive step to hang up your boots and accept you are finished, but it's one I could not avoid.

Looking back, I should probably have quit when I left Chester, but I couldn't pass up the chance of joining Alty. I always said I would play for the club I have always supported and I genuinely hoped it would prove the catalyst for firing me up again and getting me back to how I used to be.

– Former Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham.

Higginbotham started his career at Manchester United where he made seven appearances, before a loan spell at Royal Antwerp preceded spells with Derby, Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland.

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