Gary Ablett; Former Defender Liverpool and Everton Dies at 46

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Updated January 2, 2012
Gary Ablett

Former English Defender Gary Ablett English professional footballer and manager died on 1 January 2012, following a 16-month battle against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He played as a defender after spending nine years with Liverpool, and went on to win the FA Cup with their city rivals Everton in 1995.

He formerly was Liverpool F.C. Reserves manager, a position he left in May 2009 to join Stockport County, whom he left on 17 June 2010.

Gary Ablett, the only player to have won the FA Cup with both Liverpool and Everton he also played for Birmingham, Sheffield United and New York club Long Island Rough Riders.

Ablett went on to make 128 league appearances and score five goals for Everton, and later went on to have a brief loan spell with Sheffield United before making a permanent move to Birmingham City for £390,000. At Birmingham he scored twice, with goals against Swindon in the league and Leeds United in the FA Cup.