Ex-Liverpool, Everton defender Ablett dies at 46

Gary Ablett, the only player to win the FA Cup with both

Liverpool and Everton, has died. He was 46.

The former defender died on Sunday night after a 16-month fight

against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, England’s

League Managers Association said Monday.

”There was also a steely determination about Gary,” said Paul

Walsh, who played alongside Ablett at Liverpool. ”You don’t get in

the Liverpool team and come through the ranks at Liverpool and play

100 times for them if you haven’t got that little bit of

steel.”

While never appearing for the England national team, Ablett won

the league championship twice and the FA Cup in 1989 during a

147-game stint at Liverpool between 1986 and 1992.

He made the rare switch to neighbor and rival Everton in 1992 in

a 750,000-pound transfer.

At Everton, he became the only player to win the FA Cup with

both Merseyside clubs when the Toffees beat Manchester United in

the 1995 final.

After four years at Everton, Ablett also played for Sheffield

United, Birmingham and New York club Long Island Rough Riders in

the closing years of his playing career.

As a coach, Ablett also worked with the youth teams at both

Everton and Liverpool, which he left in 2009 to manage Stockport

for a season.

Ablett took up a coaching role with Ipswich in July 2010 but was

diagnosed with cancer after falling ill while at the club’s

training ground.