Date: 5th July 2007 at 12:47pm
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Former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton has been forced into an early retirement due to the problem he has been having with blurred vision.

Sutton had been troubled for most of last season, and didn’t play another match for Aston Villa after December. It was unclear what his future would have been with them, but his agent believes he would have got another year had he recovered.

Sutton started his career at Norwich City, with his goals as a teenager eventually brining him to the attentions of Rovers, and after signing he was part of the SAS partnership with Alan Shearer. This was one England’s most feared partnerships in the mid 1990’s, and arguably one of the best English pairings of all time?!?! After Shearer’s World Record move to Newcastle United he was never quite the same player, with many people believing (rightly or wrongly) that he had a major role to play in the clubs relegation?!?!

Sutton twice broke the British transfer record, the first time when he signed for Rovers in 1994 for £5 million, and the second when he left Ewood Park for Stamford Bridge after being signed in 1999 by Chelsea for £10 million. He didn’t have a good time with Chelsea and soon moved onto Celtic where he everything on offer domestically before returning to England to play for Birmingham City. When they were relegated he made the switch to their rivals Aston Villa last summer.

It is sad to see his career ended out of his own hands, but he has had a long and distinguished career so I doubt he can have too many complaints, especially as he is now 34-years-old (so it is not as if he is only just starting out.) If he has any regrets, and could maybe change anything I would guess that he might change the way he handled his England “B” call-up (when he felt he was above this, and he was really!!!) His refusal to play cost him ever playing for his country again.


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11 Replies to “Sutton Forced to Retire”

  • Great footballer, shame that his career had to be ended, rather than him ending it but like I say he can have few complaints can really can he?!?!
    The only regret I would have if I were him would be the way I handled my call up for the England “B” International game. By refusing to play he cost himself X amount of caps. He was good enough to warrant a place in the senior side but the way he handled this wouldn’t have been the way I would have.

  • “Ah well” is all I can say. If he hadnt of F~~ked off when we needed him then things mite be different but for that that he’s lumped in with that ozzie defender we used to have!!

  • I don’t agree with him not being the same player after Shearer left.
    I think he was always in Shearer’s shadow. If you look at the 94/95 season Sutty actually had a mid season droubt and Newell got a few games within this time before he was restored for the end of season run-in. Two seasons later he scored 20+ goals without Shearer in the team, when I think he had his best season at Rovers.

    Funny thing was everytime I watched him play in a Rovers shirt he had a stinker.

  • Yeah eh was a good player for us, but only on and off. Two great seasons. Always think of him fondly as a Rover. His partnership with Gally that season under Hodgson was great!

  • I’ll wish him well, I always liked him myself and thought he was a class act. He was still quality after Shearer left but I just don’t think he quite had that spark he did when he played alongside the great one (he wasn’t bad by anymeans after Shearer left though, I’m not trying to say that.)

  • I was always fond of him and felt he was a massive player for us. He scored goals for fun when on form and I wish him all the best for the future! Thanks for the memories Sutty!

  • The 97-98 season was his best without Shearer…His partnership with Gallagher in the Hodgson era was just brilliant!

  • he only ever had one good game for chelsea and that was when they beat man utd 5 – 0. after that it all went downhill. did he ever get a full england cap?

  • He was a one cap wonder!!! Great player for us though. Shearer wouldnt of got through half his goals if it wasnt for Big chris (Older brother of lil Chris).

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