Doesn’t Sheringham deserve a fitting send-off?

March 1, 2008

Sheringham with Kuffour

Apart from the odd die-hard Bayern Munich fan still smarting over Manchester United’s miraculous Champions League win in 1999, most people will be sad to hear of Teddy Sheringham’s decision to retire at the end of this season; sad, but not surprised.

With his 42nd birthday approaching, Sheringham has defied the rigours of professional football for far longer than most and currently plays for Championship club Colchester United, having left Premier League team West Ham United last summer.

The former England striker has played for seven clubs including his boyhood heroes Tottenham Hotspur, with his most successful period coming at Manchester United where he won three Premier League titles, the first coming in 1999, together with an FA Cup and a Champions League medal during a memorable treble-winning season. 

As well as an impressive domestic career, many fans will remember Sheringham for his formidable partnership with Alan Shearer in England’s Euro 96 campaign.

On reflection Layer Road is perhaps not the most fitting venue for a player that has tormented defenders for over two and a half decades, scoring 361 goals in the process, to end his playing days, but such is Sheringham’s passion for the sport that he has continued his career outside of the top flight.

A ‘typical English centre forward’, Sheringham will be remembered for a good technique on the floor and strong presence in the air; the absence of Premiership players of a similar mould sadly suggests that Sheringham is perhaps a dying breed.

Two things occur to me:

Firstly, I wonder what our description of a ‘typical English forward’ will be in another twenty years?

And shouldn’t someone step in to arrange a fitting send-off for such a long-serving player? Anyone have any ideas? How about a match between Manchester United and Tottenham … at the Nou Camp of course.

PHOTO: Sheringham and Bayern Munich’s Samuel Kuffour challenge for the ball during the European Cup final at the Nou Camp, May 26, 1999. REUTERS BOOKS The Art of Sport REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro 

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If a friendly match was arrange for Spurs and Man U would Teddy be able to play for them, just for the one game? I wonder if he could swap teams at half-time? Or maybe get some of his old team-mates in, I’d love to see him and Klinsmann up-front again!

In another twenty years we probably won’t even know what an ‘English centre forward’ is, never mind a typical one!

No, I think a ‘typical English forward’ will always be remembered as it is now, we will just begin to see less and less of them. There is only a handful left in the Premiership and it probably won’t be long before they die out, because pace is such an important factor in the modern game. Teddy never needed it though.. so I just hope we continue to make talents like him, rather than banking on bringing in some geezer from Spain just because he can run fast.

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