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#THANKYOUMACCA | HIS CITY CAREER IN PICTURES

24 October 2016


On Saturday, Cardiff City legend Stephen McPhail announced his retirement from professional football.

The thirty-six year old called an end to a career that spanned nearly twenty years and saw him make more than five hundred professional appearances. After starting out with local side, Home Farm, McPhail came through the academy at Leeds United, also spending time on loan at Millwall and Nottingham Forest, before joining Barnsley.

Macca signed for the Bluebirds in 2006 and would go on to make over two hundred appearances in a City shirt, most notably skippering the club to the 2008 FA Cup Final. During his career, the midfielder earned ten caps for Republic of Ireland and, after leaving South Wales, went on to represent Sheffield Wednesday and Shamrock Rovers, where he hung up his boots this weekend.

MACCA’S CITY CAREER…
Macca made his City debut in a 2-1 away victory over his previous side, Barnsley, in 2006…



He instantly became an integral figure for the Bluebirds, making ninety-seven appearances in his first two seasons…



The playmaker chipped in with three goals in 2007/08 – including stunning strikes against Hull City [scroll down to watch!] and Blackpool…



That campaign also saw Macca skipper the Bluebirds in the 2008 FA Cup…



He was there for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s strike against Wolves…



And for City’s 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside…



He went on to captain City to victory at Wembley in the FA Cup Semi Final…



City then fell to a proud defeat to Portsmouth in the Final – one of three occasions on which Macca wore the City shirt at Wembley…



He played in our last season at Ninian Park…



And in City’s first game at our new home…



Macca made his final appearance for the Bluebirds in the FA Cup Third Round in 2013…



A gentleman on and off the pitch, who contributed so much over seven years with the Bluebirds... Thanks for the memories, Macca!



Watch McPhail's strike against Hull City with Cardiff City Player HD below...


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