Neil Marshall column: If I had my time again I wouldn’t change a thing

Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall receives a guard of honour on his 400th appearance.
Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall receives a guard of honour on his 400th appearance.

I’d like to announce my decision to retire from semi-professional football and Lancaster City at the end of the current season.

Many people will know, and some may not, that I’ve had a few health problems over the last few years and without going into too much detail it’s now got to a stage where, to put it into context, ‘time is at a premium’.

Over the last 10 years I have put a lot of time and effort into training and playing so now I need to spend some quality time with my young family.

I’d like to thank every single player I have played with, having some unforgettable memories to take away with me, as well as gaining some very close relationships along the way.

This also goes to all the managers and assistants that made me a better player and person.

I have also always had a fantastic relationship with the board and directors and everybody associated with Lancaster City Football Club.

A couple of more thanks to the ‘special’ supporters that make this club what it is.

No matter where we play in the country they spend their hard-earned money to come and get behind the lads so I cannot thank them enough and hope they continue to do the same for the foreseeable future.

There’s nothing I would like more than to reach the final of the Lancashire Cup and hopefully a good end to the season and maybe one last shot at the play-offs.

My last thank you must go to my wife Kim. I first got with her just before I started at LCFC, so for 10 years I’ve spent most of my Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays out of the house, so this is to show my love and appreciation for what she has done for me and our kids.

Lastly, I’m hoping to have a testimonial game at the end of the season so I would like to see everybody there so I can show my appreciation for the last time.

If I had my time again I wouldn’t have changed one thing.

To have my own advertising board in the city I grew up, it simply couldn’t have got any better for me.

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