One of the great characters of English football, Jimmy Bullard, has been forced to retire from the game due to injury at the age of 33.
Announcing his retirement Bullard, who was playing with MK Dons, stated: ”In the summer, I wanted to give it one last crack and show people what I could do but I think with my strong head and what I could physically do are two different things. My head says I can do it but my body tells me ‘No.’”
A fan favourite from his days in the Premier league, Bullard has been plagued with knee problems which prevented him from staying in top-flight football.
Formerly of Wigan, Fulham and Hull, Jimmy was primarily known for his hilarious on and off the field antics which made him a regular on English TV show SoccerAM but also earned him widespread popularity from fans all across England.
Bullard’s success began in the 02-03 season when he established himself in Wigan’s first team before helping them earn promotion to the Premier league in 2005, he went on to make 145 appearances for the Latics scoring 10 goals.
He moved to Fulham in 2006 where despite only making 39 appearances due to sustained knee problems, he became a Fulham hero for scoring goals that would make manager Chris Coleman describe him as “the best £2 million we’ve ever spent” and helping Fulham stay in the premier league at the end of the 2008 season.
Bullard became Hull City’s record signing in Jan 2009 for £5 million but due to financial difficulties he was loaned out to Ipswich town to save on wage expenses. After a very successful spell on loan he joined the club permanently but failed to make an impact.
He joined MK Dons at the beginning of this season in the last days before the transfer deadline.