Chris Sedgwick retires from the game in the best possible way
Midfielder Chris Sedgwick has retired from football following the Shakers promotion to Sky Bet League One.
Sheffield born Chris began his career with Rotherham United, after progressing through the Millers youth system, he went onto make over 250 appearances for their first team and was known locally as the ‘Yorkshire Express’ before a £400,000 fee took him to Preston North End.
A six year stay at Deepdale brought another double century of appearances before he joined his hometown club Sheffield Wednesday. Two years at Hillsborough brought 58 appearances and five goals.
Following his release from Wednesday he linked up with Scunthorpe Untied and eventually joined non-league Hyde United on loan. Chris signed for the shakers at the start of the 2013/14 season though initially he was used mostly from the bench.
A change of management at the JD Stadium saw Chris become one of the first names on the team sheet with his solid performances and passing range. He was offered and quickly accepted a new 12 month contract at the end of the season, a decision that he himself described as ‘the easiest decision ever’.
Chris made a staggering 670 appearances for six clubs, scoring 43 goals. His final appearance came as a 66th minute substitute on Saturday in the game where Bury achieved promotion.
Speaking after the game, manager Dave Flitcroft praised Chris for his efforts for the club by saying:-
'Chris is the ultimate professional, the ultimate human being and he is somebody that has galvanised this group of players. When Clive Platt retired earlier this season, he was a big miss for us and not just on the pitch, but Sedgey took the mantle on and really guided the lads on in the dressing room.
At times it can be difficult for players to keep yourself motivated, but Chris Sedgwick drove it in that dressing room, he was the one that kept them motivated and kept them ready. He has kept himself immaculate, as a player he is so fit and to come on in so many games like he has done to lock games down when it has been needed.
What a fantastic career he has had. You can only have a career like that and look the way you do, and be so professional if you put them miles in, and that's what Sedgey does. He loves hard work, he is a very unique person and will be missed around Bury Football Club."
Everyone at the JD Stadium would like to thank Chris for his commitment to the club over the last two years and we wish him he very best for his future. He leaves with large boots to fill...