Whilst watching summer months activity going on in the transfer market yesterday I saw that Leeds U . s . are potentially going to re-sign former players Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer and Joe Smith. This in my opinion would be a great coup as all 3 players still have a lot to offer at the highest level providing they stay injury free. What is this great got me thinking about other players that dropped into the bottom leagues whilst in the twilight years of their playing careers:
Craig Bellamy — After being left out of Man City’s Europa Little league team for the 2010-11 season, Bellamy joined his hometown Cardiff City on a season loan. He turned out to be an immediate success with a 35 yard free kick on his debut and he went onto to score 10 more goals in the season which helped Cardiff reach the Champion play-offs. He’s since returned back to Man City but haven’t ruled out a permanent move back to Cardiff.
John Ince — After his release from Middlesbrough in 2002, Ince dropped down a division to join Wolvehampton Wanderers. In his first season he helped them get promoted to the Premier Little league via the play offs but after one season these were down again. Ince went on to play 115 games for Wolves reviewing 10 goals. He’s stated that she would like to come back to the club as manager.
Denis Irwin — The Irishman joined Wolves at the same time as former Manchester U . s . team mate John Ince and was the main team that were promoted to the Premier Little league in 2003. Following the team’s relegation in 2004, Irwin retired at the age of 38
Teddy Sheringham — When Premier Little league team Portsmouth do not offer 38 year old Sheringham a contract he decided he would drop down a division and play for Western side Pork. A fantastic year for Sheringham led to him becoming the division’s third-highest goalscorer with 20 goals and he also won the Champion Player of the Season award. 7m
Dennis Wise — After his sacking from Leicester City, Wise moved to First Division Milwall in 2002, becoming player manager in 2003. A successful season with the club culminated with them reaching the FA Cup Final where they lost 3-0 to Manchester U . s .. As U . s . had already qualified for the UEFA Winners Little league, Milwall qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history unfortunately getting bumped out in the first round.
John Merson — Merson joined freshly relegated first division club Middlesbrough in 1997 after they doubled the salary terms offered by System. He was crucial in the club’s immediate come back to The Premier Little league. Following a term with Aston Rental property, Merson signed for first division club Portsmouth in 2002 and again was a key player throughout their successful promotion winning season.
Darren Anderton — After a personal injury seriously affected career with Portsmouth, Tottenham, Birmingham and Wolves, Anderton joined Little league One club Bournemouth on a “pay as you play basis” in 2006. Although the club at the time were struggling on the field, Anderton’s tasks were superb and he have scored his first career hat-trick during his time at the club
Chip Barmby — After his club Leeds U . s . were relegated from the Premier Little league in 2004, Barmby joined his hometown club Hull City. In his first season with the club he helped them gain promotion from Little league One and in 08 he was crucial in getting Hull promotion to the Premier Little league. Barmby is still playing for the club to this day.
Kevin Phillips — After experiencing Premier Little league football with Sunderland and Aston Rental property, Phillips dropped down to The Champion in 2006 and joined Western side Brom. Phillips had 2 months with the club and have scored 38 times in 71 games to help them gain promotion back to The Premier Little league in 08. Phillips then stayed in the Champion and moved to Birmingham City where he also helped them get promoted back to The Premier Little league.
Ian Harte — After leaving Blackpool just last year, Harte signed for Little league One club Carlisle U . s .. He wound up helping the team regain Little league One status after reviewing 16 goals from support. This season, Harte signed for Champion team Reading and had a great season reviewing 10 goals and making the PFA Champion team of the year.