Millwall and Everton legend Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from football this week, with the Australian set to hang up his boots at the end of the season after a fantastic career spanning 20 years.
The 39-year-old made 217 appearances for the Lions between 1998 and 2004, scoring 52 goals – of which his winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final of 2004 will remain the most memorable amongst the Millwall fans.
The striker enjoyed similar success at Everton after securing a move to Goodison Park that summer but surely felt his business at the Den was unfinished and eventually returned to east London in 2018, registering a further 10 appearances.
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Even on the cusp of his forties, the heading expert is still scoring goals at a professional level and has netted twice for Jamshedpur in the Indian Super League this campaign.
Here’s what the Millwall fans had to say about his retirement on Twitter…
— Tony (@tonyschezza77) March 29, 2019
I've been an incredibly fortunate Millwall supporter. First division football, FA Cup runs, Europe, promotions, great one off games. I've also seen some great players. @Tim_Cahill is right up there as one of the best. Enjoy retirement Timmy 👍🦁💙🦁💙 pic.twitter.com/9pb73INKZW
— Chris Biggs (@Biggsy1980) March 29, 2019
One of the all-time Millwall greats. Enjoy your retirement and thanks for the memories Old Trafford 04/04/04 will live with me FOREVER!…. So, thank you ⚽️??
— Nick Winter (@wintsnick) March 29, 2019
Big respect from Millwall . You gave us some great times down here …. Enjoy ?
— GARSE16 (@GARSE163) March 29, 2019
Woke up and found out Tim Cahill announced his retirement 😭 thank you for so many memories in your career and for memories in a Millwall shirt I will never forget!! @Tim_Cahill … my childhood hero #ThankYouTim #MIIIIILLLLLLLL 💙💙
— Matthew Dawson (@Matt_MFC_Dawson) March 29, 2019
Happy retirement Tim I’m sure there’s a coaching job at millwall if you want one coyl
— barry blackman (@42bazza42) March 29, 2019
Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from football. There’s nothing I could say to do justice to the memories he gave not just to us but football fans around the world 💙 enjoy your retirement Tim 🦁 #millwall #lionstv pic.twitter.com/Ru1Hqz94gf
— Lions Tv (@tv_lions) March 29, 2019
— Kathryn Jones (@kat_jones78) March 29, 2019