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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 May, 2004, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
Irwin emotional at the end
Denis Irwin
Denis Irwin said his retirement in front of the Molineux crowd on Saturday was a poignant moment.

The Irishman received a rousing ovation when he was substituted one minute from the end of the defeat to Tottenham.

"I was quite emotional when I came off at the end because I knew that was it but I will have a few drinks and get over it," said Irwin.

"I think it will begin to really hit home when the new season starts in August but I have got no regrets."

Wolves boss Dave Jones praised Irwin as a model professional who will be badly missed at the club next season.

"The biggest honour I can give Denis is that he has trained this week as if it was his first," he said.

"He is a great credit to himself and to all the clubs he has served throughout his career."

The 38-year-old Irishman claimed seven Premiership titles during his 12 years at Old Trafford, as well as the Champions League.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Denis' career has been one of absolute distinction.

"His greatest years were here and I was fortunate to get him for what everybody would consider a steal at 625,000.

"It is great for Denis to be able to look back on the career he has had, and he was never anything less than a fantastic professional."

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