Etherington hangs up his boots

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Matthew Etherington has retired from football following a long battle with injury, it has been announced.

The former Hammers winger has hung up his boots at the age of only 33, having failed to beat a persistent back problem.

Etherington, who spent six seasons at West Ham between 2003 and 2009 was released by Stoke City at the end of the 2013/14 campaign. Having failed to secure a deal elsewhere - including Millwall, with whom he spent a week on trial during the summer - he decided to call it a day after 17 years as a pro.

West Ham signed the Truro-born winger from Tottenham in 2003 as a makeweight in the deal that saw Freddie Kanoute go the other way. A key member of Alan Pardew's Championship side, Etherington remained with the club for four seasons following promotion back to the top flight before joining the Potters.

During that time he represented the club at Cardiff in two play off Finals and an FA Cup Final. He was also part of the squad that took part in the club's most recent European campaign - a short-lived run in the 2007 UEFA Cup which began - and ended - in Palermo.

In all, he featured 195 times for West Ham during his spell at the Boleyn scoring 18 goals, out of a career total of 493 appearances.

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