Gary Ablett Gets Rousing Tribute Before LFC-Oldham Game, Former LFC Player Passed Away on Jan. 1

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Gary Ablett Gets Rousing Tribute Before LFC-Oldham Game, Former LFC Player Passed Away on Jan. 1Gary Ablett, a former Liverpool player and coach lost his battle with cancer on New Year's Day. LFC and the Anfield crowd payed tribute to Ablett with a minute's applause before Friday's FA Cup win over Oldham.

Ablett suffered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for 16 months, and passed away on Sunday. He was 46 years old.

Ablett's family was in attendance as both sets of players and the Anfield crowd held a minute's applause in his memory. Liverpool players wore black armbands during the game as well.

Ablett joined the Reds in 1983 as an apprentice. He made his debut for the first team three years later, and went on to make 147 appearances for LFC. He won two league titles and an FA Cup as a left and center back.

He joined Everton in 1992, and became the first player to win the FA Cup for both Merseyside clubs in 1995.

Ablett returned to LFC in 2006 as reserve team coach, and led the team to three trophies in 2008.

"It's a sad, sad day for his family and everyone connected with Liverpool Football Club," manager Kenny Dalglish said Monday. "Obviously he had a long battle and I'm sure it was a lot of suffering and a lot of pain for him, but the only thing you can say is at least he won't be suffering any longer."

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Photo via LiverpoolFC.tv

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