Ex-Liverpool, Everton defender Ablett dies at 46

English soccer player Gary Ablett, the first player to have won

the FA Cup with both Liverpool and Everton, has died. He was

46.

England’s League Managers Association says the former English

defender died Sunday night after a 16-month fight against

non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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.

At Everton, he became the first 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 Birmingham

and Sheffield United and the Long Island Rough Riders in the U.S.

A-League during 2000-01. He took a coaching job at Ipswich in 2010

before becoming ill.