Late yesterday afternoon Brighton and Hove Albion carried midfielder Steve Sidwell’s official retirement message and he admitted defeat in his battles against injury and confirmed he was now hanging up his boots.
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 22, 2018
The 35-year-old last took to the pitch in the game against former club Aston Villa back in May 2017 as his recovery from ankle/back injuries took their toll and saw him sidelined for most of 2017/18. Having undergone minor surgery to try and put the problem behind him, he felt it was time ultimately to end his career.
With well over 400 career games under his belt, the former Arsenal graduate can count Brentford, Beveren, Brighton, Reading, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham and Stoke as former employers and he more than played his part with us as we missed out on promotion losing to Sheffield Wednesday in the Play-Offs, before we went one better the next year and gained automatic top-flight entry.
His statement can be read by Clicking Here.
Having completed his coaching badges he now takes on a new role at the Amex, serving as an ambassador for the club as well as taking a role within our Academy as he plays his part in helping to develop the next generation.
Whilst fans were disappointed to see a player lose out to injury, they were delighted that he would remain with us.
Once a Seagull, always a Seagull ????
— Nicøla Løwe ll-// (@Lilmagician2017) August 22, 2018
Get in, just need @I_CALDERON_14 back and we are sorted for legends!!
— Lardio (Mark.D) (@LardioM) August 22, 2018
I WANT GINGER HAIR TOO
— owen (@owenbhafc_) August 22, 2018
With top ex pros staying with the u23 and academy like bobby liam and steve plus a top chairman and manager things looking good for future of @OfficialBHAFC top 10 club
— john gocher (@eagleeye1947) August 22, 2018
this is such great news!!!!!!! Love this club!!! #BHAFC
— Dean Smith (@Deano_seagulls) August 22, 2018
The man with the Smile is back!! Congratulations Steve and welcome back!!????????
— JOANNATIDEY (@JOANNATIDEY) August 22, 2018
"We look after our own" ????
— simon james (@simonpjames73) August 22, 2018
Glad he’s back with the whole team for new beginnings
— Emma (@littleboris) August 22, 2018
What a solid choice; couldn’t think of anyone better to offer an insight into what the beautiful, and sometimes not so beautiful, game has to offer and how to be prepared for it. ????????
— Daniel-Jack Dixon (@DJDixon90) August 22, 2018