Former Wigan and Port Vale footballer Matt Carragher dies

Former Wigan and Port Vale footballer Matt Carragher has died aged 40. The news was confirmed on Port Vale's Twitter account and a minute's applause will be held prior to Friday night's fixture against Chesterfield at Vale Park.

Carragher began his senior career at Wigan in 1993 and spent four years there before joining the Valiants in 1997.  He became captain of the club and played 220 games for them in all competitions before being released in 2003.

Carragher retired in 2005 after brief stints with non-league outfit Stafford Rangers and Macclesfield Town.

Graham Barrow, who managed Carragher at Wigan, said: "It’s a real shock to hear the news, he’s gone too young, it’s really sad and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

“I remember Matty as a really good young player, who came through the ranks under David Crompton and in those days we relied on the players we either produced ourselves or brought in at a young age who were released from other clubs.

"With Matty, it was obvious from a young age he had something special. He gave everything every time he put on the shirt, with great energy and a terrific attitude to the game.

"He was a lovely lad to manage, and it was a real pleasure to see him progress over the years. I know he is remembered very fondly at Port Vale as well where he became a big favourite. A really sad day.”


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