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Gary Doherty retires from football

18 December 2014

Gary Doherty has called time on an illustrious career by announcing his retirement from the game at the age of 34 due to injury.

The defender has been out of action since sustaining a serious knee problem in the pre-season friendly at Barnet and has taken the decision to hang up his boots, having made 501 club appearances at every level of the English game, and won 34 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

He arrived at Adams Park in February 2012, scoring on his debut before making his loan move from Charlton Athletic permanent that summer. The Doc played 60 times in total for the Chairboys, wearing the captain's armband for the majority, and made his final appearance - fittingly - with a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over league leaders Chesterfield last season.

His career started in 1997 with Luton Town, where he enjoyed roles both in attack and in defence, making 88 appearances and earning his first call-up to the Ireland squad before making a £1million move to Tottenham Hotspur.

He netted in an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal and was later transferred to Norwich City in 2004, winning the supporters' player of the year award two years later and establishing himself as a regular in the side over a number of years.

Doherty played in a key role in Paul Lambert's Canaries side which won the League 1 title in 2010 prior to a move to Charlton, where he played alongside current Wanderers captain Paul Hayes before the pair moved to Adams Park two years later.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "Gary is a special guy who's had a fantastic career so I'm gutted for him that he's had to retire. I know it was a tough decision but he has to do what's right for him and I know I can speak for all of the lads when I say it's been a privilege to have him in the squad.

"He's a model professional who's had a great influence even when he's been out of the team, and we'll miss having him about the place."

Doherty said: "It’s the hardest decision for any footballer to have to make. You always hope you’ll be able to retire in your own time when it’s right for you, but injury has forced my hand and it’s one of those things you have to deal with.

"The gaffer has put together a really strong team and I would have loved to have been a part of it for the rest of the season. I hope they can continue the fantastic run they've been on because there's a great set of lads in that dressing room.”

Chairman Andrew Howard added: "In the short time I've known Gary, I've had nothing but admiration for the professionalism and knowledge he's brought to the squad and he typifies the sort of character which makes this such a special group of players.

"On behalf of everyone at the club, we wish Gary a very happy retirement from the game and it goes without saying that he'll always be welcome here at Adams Park."

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