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Captain of England’s blind futsal announces retirement

Posted on - 3rd March, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - People, Preston News, Sport
Stephen Daley playing for England
Stephen Daley playing for England. Pic: Futsal Focus

Longest serving England Football Captain of blind and partially sighted futsal, Stephen Daley, has announced his retirement.

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Stephen was born in Northern Ireland but has lived in Preston for over 20 years, contributing to the community and working for the council in leisure services.

Stephen, a graduate from UCLan, lived and breathed football starting as a Glentoran youth player and later as Northern Ireland international schoolboy.

Since then, he has represented England 143 times, in a career spanning 25 years and has played in 9 European Championships and 9 World Cup Tournaments in the B2/B3 category.

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Players in the B2/B3 Futsal are partially sighted players in the International Blind Sports Federation.

Stephen has played in his captain role since the age of 21 and has now captained the team for 23 years, being the longest serving England Captain.

As a role model for the next generation of England player, Stephen is keen to instil values of truth and honesty so that all England players are first and foremost good people, who care.

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He said: “I have had a wonderful playing career and wanted to thank the FA, players and staff that have supported me along the way and given me some wonderful memories.

“At the age of 43 I now feel it is time to hand the game over to the next generation as I have left the game and the squad in a better place than when I found it in 1995.

“My final game was on Saturday 14th Dec 2019 as I captained England for the last time playing in the World Cup final 2019.

“I owe all my achievements to the FA, the staff and players I have met along the way, but I would like to thank by name the only three England Head Coaches I have ever played under and the people who made me the man and  player I became.”

As Stephen retires from football, he will continue his work with Preston City Council as Deputy Head of the Parks and Street Scene.

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