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
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