Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Captain's Message after Husband's Shock Illness

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Captain's Message after Husband's Shock Illness

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CITY Women's captain Steph Houghton has thanked the football world for their support after her husband Stephen Darby was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease.

Bolton Wanderers defender Darby announced his retirement from football at just 29-years-old on Tuesday.

In a statement on Bolton's website, Darby said: "It is with great sadness that I announce my immediate retirement from professional football due to a recent diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease.

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank my teammates, Phil Parkinson and all the staff at Bolton Wanderers Football Club for their amazing support at what has been an extremely difficult period for myself and my family.

"I would like to ask for privacy at this time so I can adjust to the battle I have ahead and so that I can spend time with those closest to me. …

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