Wednesday 04 January 2012

Everton plan Ablett tribute

Players to wear black armbands in home match against Bolton

Gary Ablett played for both Everton and Liverpool during his career

Everton players will wear black armbands in their Barclays Premier League match against Bolton on Wednesday in tribute to former player Gary Ablett.

Ablett passed away on Monday aged 46 after a long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Everton had looked at holding a minute's silence before the match against Bolton but will now do so prior to the FA Cup match with Tamworth at Goodison Park on Saturday 7 January.

"His family have indicated they would like to come to Goodison on Saturday"
- Everton spokesman

A club spokesman said: "We have spoken with Gary's family over the last two days and they have indicated that they would like to come to Goodison Park on Saturday.

"In accordance with their wishes, we will now pay our respects to Gary before we play Tamworth.

Official books of condolence have also been opened in the club's stores for Ablett, who also had a spell on the coaching staff at Everton.

He began his career with Liverpool before moving to Everton and later had spells with Birmingham and Blackpool during a career spanning over 15 years.

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Key Points

  • Everton players to wear black armbands against Bolton
  • Club tributes will take place before FA Cup tie on Saturday
  • Ablett's family to attend Cup match against Tamworth