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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
Atherton forced to call it a day
Halifax defender Peter Atherton has been forced to retire
Atherton has been dogged by knee injuries
Halifax defender Peter Atherton has been forced to retire from full-time football because of a knee injury.

Atherton made his decision after undergoing surgery to repair tears in the cartilage in his left knee.

The 36-year-old began at Wigan, and had spells at Coventry, Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford and Birmingham.

He told Halifax's website: "I've loved every minute of my time here, after a couple of tricky years at Bradford it restored my faith in football."



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