|4||360||West Ham United|
|2||210||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|1||20.12.1986||Charlton Athletic||Selhurst Park||League|
In essence this is a happy story because Gary Ablett was able to play football at a high level for many years. But it is not a story with a happy ending.
Match report from British Soccer Week on Manchester United - Liverpool on 06.10.1991.
Alan Hansen has spoken of his sadness following the death of former Liverpool defender Gary Ablett.
"I just thought there was no harm in applying so I sent my CV in and a couple of days later Rafa called me and said 'would you like to come in?' I was interviewed for an hour and a half and found it fascinating to be quite truthful. He grilled me on the tactics board so obviously he wanted to see I knew what I was doing. I waited for 10 days, maybe two weeks, before I got another call asking me to come in when he asked me to do a plan of the season for him, which I did for the young players. Four to five days later I was asked to come in again and was told that the job was mine.
I'm under no illusions. I know from the conversations I had with the manager there was some illustrious names who had applied for the job, probably players with a lot more personality, a lot more character and a lot more history with Liverpool Football Club. I think the fact the background I had come from was working with players at Everton for three or four years at under-18 level, that maybe I was the type of personality that Rafa was looking for."
Ablett became Liverpool's reserve team manager in the summer of 2006
"Not in a million years. I was about to become an Everton player and crossing Stanley Park is a very strange feeling. Although I'd always been a Liverpudlian all my thoughts and energies were suddenly focused on Everton and I wanted to prove Liverpool were wrong for letting me go. When I eventually hung up my boots and returned to England it was Everton who gave me my break on the coaching side and that's all I was concentrating on. I would never have dreamt that four years down the line I'd be crossing sides again."
Gary Ablett in March 2007 on if he ever thought he would return to Liverpool again after he left as a player in January 1992
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Derby||1984-1985||England Third Division||6||0||6||0|
|Hull City||1986-1987||England Second Division||5||0||5||0|
|Everton||1992-1993||England Premier League||40||0||48||0|
|Everton||1993-1994||England Premier League||32||1||39||1|
|Everton||1994-1995||England Premier League||26||3||30||3|
|Everton||1995-1996||England Premier League||13||0||21||1|
|Sheffield United||1995-1996||England First Division||12||0||12||0|
|Birmingham City||1996-1997||England First Division||42||1||49||1|
|Birmingham City||1997-1998||England First Division||36||0||44||1|
|Birmingham City||1998-1999||England First Division||25||0||30||0|
|Birmingham City||1999-2000||England First Division||0||0||0||0|
|Wycombe||1999-2000||England Second Division||4||0||4||0|
|Blackpool||1999-2000||England Second Division||10||1||12||1|
|Long Island Rough Riders||2000-2001||MLS 3||21||2||21||2|