Monday 19 August 2019

Former Ireland goalkeeper David Forde announces retirement from football

David Forde has announced his retirement from football. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
David Forde has announced his retirement from football. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Former Ireland goalkeeper David Forde has confirmed his decision to retire from football.

The Galway native had lined out for League Two side Cambridge United last season, making 25 league appearances, but he left them in May and now, at the age of 39, has decided to end his playing career.

"The time has come to lay down my gloves for the last time. I have been truly blessed. To receive the honour and privilege to wear the crests and colours of incredible teams. Thank you all so much, go raibh mile mhaith agat mo anam cairde," Forde said on Twitter.

Having made his name with Derry City under Stephen Kenny, after spells cross-channel with West Ham and Barry Town, Forde lined out for Cardiff City and Millwall.

Giovanni Trapattoni handed him his senior Ireland debut against Northern Ireland in 2011 and he went on to win 24 senior caps. His best moment in green came in a crucial 0-0 draw away to Sweden in a 2014 World Cup qualifier, where he kept a clean sheet.

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