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18 September 2018

Bradford City will be offering full support to former Bantams star Stephen Darby, who today announced his retirement from professional football after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Darby, 29, captained City from 2014 to 2016 and played a key role in the ‘history makers’ team of 2012/13, appearing on 236 occasions in claret and amber.

The former England Under-19s star played right-back for the Bantams when the club famously marched to the League Cup final and earned promotion to League One, in 2013.

Darby arrived at the Northern Commercials Stadium in 2012, signing from Premier League Liverpool, and departed for Bolton Wanderers in 2017.

City chairman Edin Rahic said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Stephen and his family at this difficult time.

“The news is absolutely heartbreaking. Stephen was a massive part of the club’s recent history and his contributions will stay with us forever.

“He was a very popular individual during his time here and led the club to great successes.

“We will do whatever we can to assist Stephen and his wife, Steph, and are now looking at ways in which we can do so.”

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