It was a sad day for football fans when the news became official, hitting the papers: Teddy Sheringham—the striker who had touched the hearts of thousands—would be hanging up his boots for good.
For years we’ve heard the tale of his rise. Sheringham was signed from Tottenham to Manchester United, then ascended to Champions League glory in 1999. He received the Footballer of the Year award in 2001, and really the sheer number of clubs for which he’s played and scored is itself impressive.
The record is thus: eight clubs (in the order Millwall, Aldershot Town, Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspurs for a second time, Portsmouth, West Ham, and lastly Colchester United), 904 games played, 348 goals scored.
I for one shall never forget that Champions League final, his 51 England caps (11 goals total), or the true passion and determined nature he exudes even now at 41 years of age.
We mourn the retirement of Sheringham—a truly great footballer of our time. We always thought that he'd surpass the legendary Sir Stanley Matthews, but nay—it is not to be.
Farewell, Super Ted. Let this not be the last we see of you.