Glenn Taggart retires
After 21 seasons and over 500 first team games, Glenn Taggart has announced his retirement from football.

Carrick Rangers Football Club can this evening confirm that record appearance holder, Glenn Taggart has announced his retirement from Football.

Glenn made his debut for the club as a 16 year old in 1997 away to Omagh Town before going on to become the club's record appearance holder and most decorated player in the history of CRFC.

Everyone at Carrick Rangers FC would like to pass on our gratitude, thanks and appreciation to Glenn for everything that he has done at Taylor's Avenue in the last two decades and wish him well in his retirement.

Glenn has this evening, penned an open letter to supporters of the club which you can read below:

 

"As another preseason beckons and after 21 AMAZING years as part of my hometown club, I Glenn Taggart (Taggs) am leaving Carrick Rangers and retiring from football.

I feel like I'm letting Carrick Rangers down even writing this but this is not a footballing decision!

 

I'm still very fit/healthy and proved on many occasions this year that I can still play at the highest level in this country, but this decision is for personal reasons and mainly to spend more time with my wife Nikki, my daughter Anna and my family.

 

I could have re-signed for Carrick Rangers again this season but it's time for me to be SELFISH for me and for my family.
I just can't continue to dedicate my minutes, hours, weeks, months and years to this great football club and ask my family to be 2nd best. 


It's time to begin a new chapter where the important people in my life, are the important things in my life.

 

Since I began playing football my dad Bill, my mum Nessie and my brother Dean have supported me in every way possible and always been there for me for which I will always be eternally grateful. 


They've made crazy amount of sacrifices for me, to give me the best possible chances in life and football.


From kicking my first ball, to playing out the front, to playing in England, to playing for Carrick, to representing N.I., they've been there for every high and every low and throughout all the tears.


Over the last 5 odd years Nikki has been in my life as my girlfriend, my fiancée, my wife, my rock, a Carrick Rangers supporter and a footballing widow. 
Thank you.

I would like to give special mentions to many managers that have helped me during my career.....

Jack Crooks, Davy Lawther, Peter Bell, Chris Campbell, Eddie White, Donald Blair, Andy Robinson, Jim Pherson, Billy Clarke, John Muldoon, Jim O'Rourke, Alan Campbell, Paul Mooney, Nigel Best, Graham McConnell, Stephen Small, Michael Hughes, Gary Haveron, Keiran Harding, Aaron Callaghan, Mitch Whitty, Noel Dean and finally Phil Lewis.
All of the above had direct influences on me either as a young footballer growing up in Carrickfergus or directly as a Carrick Rangers player!
Thank you.

 

I can't possibly mention all the players that have contributed to my Carrick Rangers career as I believe every single person I've shared the shirt with helped me in some way!


However, Noel Dean def helped to shape me into the player and the Captain I became by being an unbelievable player/Captain himself!!!!!
Thank you.

The Amber Army itself (along with the youth players) are BY FAR the most important people at Carrick Rangers football club and never forget that!!!!!
What can I say about them? "Bounce Bounce Amber Army, Walking round/over the horseshoe bridge".
Not only have they always been there as fans (the best fans bar none) but a lot of them have been there as friends & will continue to be!


I definitely felt I always had an extra yard, an extra tackle and grew a few extra inches every time I stepped onto the pitch or heard your cheers!
Thank you.

 

This is something I knew was going to happen from last July but that doesn't make it any easier!

 

This will be one of the hardest challenges I've ever had to face.


Tues, Thur and Sat is all I've known for 25+ years and maybe I won't be able to cope without football, BUT I am replacing it will something more special and hopefully I will be able stick to my decision. I won't know until I try.

 

I am very honoured & humbled to have played for and represented Carrick Rangers over the years.
I've always said no other club could have given me what I've had at Carrick Rangers, NOT ONE and Carrick Rangers will always be 'my' team!


I used to say (jokingly) about having my ashes spread on Taylor's Ave and that I'd die on the pitch if it was in a Carrick Rangers shirt which says a lot about how I feel for the club!

 

My career has went through many phases such as young supporter, up and coming whizz kid, roaming midfielder, Captain, comeback specialist, ageing player, utility player, 36 year old player and aul fella.

In the latter stages of any career a player can't do the same things they did at the start or middle of their career BUT hopefully I will be remembered as a player who played football the right way, was a good passer of the ball and most importantly refused to lose, be beaten or accept defeat no matter what the score was! 

Even though it's the end of this chapter of my life, I'm sure I'll be about the place as part of the Amber Army in the future and look forward to seeing you all again.
Thank you.

 

I don't know if my best was always good enough for the mighty CRFC but it's my best you got!

PS
As a player, a person or as a human being never EVER let anyone tell you you can't do something and never EVER accept anything less than your best!!!!!"

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