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Liverpool defender who made Jamie Carragher fear for his future 'went missing' after retirement

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Steve Finnan arrived on Merseyside in the same low-key fashion which marked his rise from non-league to International level and caused one of the most talismanic figures of Liverpool’s recent history to fear for his future before playing a key if unfortunate role in one of the club’s most iconic victories and ended his career with a unique record unmatched by anyone else in the history of English football.

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Those under-stated characters who quietly went about their business with the minimum of fuss and provided the platform for their greater-heralded colleagues to grab the headlines, glory and adulation.

Each era has thrown up footballers whose work and consistency went largely unnoticed by many and was often only truly appreciated by their fellow team-mates who were able to see at first hand just what they brought to the side.

A loan spell and permanent move to Notts County followed where he made 80 league appearances over two seasons before catching the eye of Kevin Keegan.

It proved a good move for all parties with Finnan helping his new side win promotion to the First Division the following May and, even though Keegan left his post that summer to take charge of the England national side, Finnan and Fulham’s progress continued initially under the tutelage of former Everton midfielder Paul Bracewell and then legendary French International star Jean Tigana with the Cottagers winning promotion to the Premier League as champions in May 2001, with Finnan figuring in all but one of that season’s league fixtures.

Although born in Limerick, by the time of his teenage years Finnan’s family were living in the south of England and he suffered rejections from both Wimbledon and Crystal Palace after trials with both south London clubs.
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