Club legend retires

Melbourne Victory wishes to advise that striker Danny Allsopp has retired, effective immediately, after 118 Hyundai A-League appearances in which he netted 42 goals, bringing to an end a glittering career that spanned 17 years, over 400 professional games and returned more than 160 goals.

Melbourne Victory wishes to advise that striker Danny Allsopp has retired, effective immediately, after 118 Hyundai A-League appearances in which he netted 42 goals, bringing to an end a glittering career that spanned 17 years, over 400 professional games and returned more than 160 goals.

Since joining the club in season one, the 34 year-old was pivotal to its early success, helping Melbourne Victory secure two Championship/Premiership doubles and was twice awarded the clubs highest honour, the Victory Medal, while he also took out the competition-s Golden Boot award in 2006/07.

Allsopp joined Melbourne Victory from English club Hull City and quickly established himself as one of the competition-s premier attackers, striking fear into his opponents with his physical presence and eye for goal, traits that earned him representative honours at every level of national team selection (U-17, U-20, U-23 and Socceroos) as well as the Golden Boot at the Under-17-s World Cup in Ecuador.

In a career full of accolades, it is his two ‘Players- Player of the Year- awards, first at Notts County in England and then at Melbourne Victory, that typifies the esteem in which his teammates over the years have held him.

Reflecting on his time at Melbourne Victory, Allsopp said, “I-ve received amazing support over the years and there are so many people who have contributed to my career and I-d like to thank each and every one of them.”

“I-m extremely proud of what I have achieved throughout my career and football has allowed me to play in leagues across four different continents, including the English Premier League, and those experiences will stay with me forever,” Allsopp said.

“There have been many highlights along the way, and obviously the great success we enjoyed will always stay with me, but I feel very proud to have been a part of such an exciting period for not only this club, but the A-League and our sport in Australia.”

“Now is the right time to move onto the next chapter of my life,” he added.

Melbourne Victory Coach, Ange Postecoglou said, “Danny has been a very loyal servant to this club and has enjoyed a fantastic career, so we certainly wish him well.”

“His record speaks for itself and to do what he has done over such a long career is testament to his commitment and professionalism,” he added.

The club will honour Danny before the Round 5 clash with Wellington Phoenix at Etihad Stadium, providing members and fans with the opportunity to farewell a club legend.

Danny Allsopp-s significant achievements: - Danny played professional football in leagues across four different continents - He played at every national team level (U-17, U-20, U-23 and Socceroos) - Won the Under-17 World Cup ‘Golden Boot- award - Claimed two ‘Victory Medals- - Won two ‘Players- Player of the Year- awards (Melbourne Victory and Notts County) - Made 1 English Premier League appearance (Manchester City)