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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 August 2005, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
Boulding to retire from football
Michael Boulding
Striker Michael Boulding has retired from professional football after pulling out of a move to Crewe.

Boulding, 29, was released by Barnsley at the end of last season.

He was ranked in the top 20 tennis players in Britain - and shared a room with Tim Henman when travelling on tour - before he switched sports in 1999.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi explained: "He told me he was going to retire because he didn't want to sit on the bench all season - or drop down the divisions."

Boulding's football career began at Mansfield, before spells with Grimsby (twice), Aston Villa and Barnsley - while he also served Sheffield United and Cardiff on loan.

Gradi continued: "It's a shame, but I understand his decision and I think he runs a property business which he can concentrate on.

"The lad also lives in Sheffield, so it's a long way to travel if he isn't playing regularly. He's a very nice lad, I have grown to like him and I would like to wish him all the best."


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