Ashley Young

Ashley Young is on his way to Inter Milan after Manchester United agreed a deal with the Serie A giants. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intended to keep hold of Young – and even offered him a one-year extension – but the England international made it clear he wanted to move on. There is a lot of furore about Ashley Young’s decision but we have to understand that Ashley Young is reaching a sunset period of his playing career and this is his last chance for one more hurray.

Below we look at some players who had transfers after the age of 34  in their final days of playing career. 

Player Name Age Position Premier League Club New League New Club Transfer Sum
Brad Friedel 37 Goalkeeper Blackburn  Premier League Aston Villa $2.85m
Nigel Martyn 37 Goalkeeper Leeds  Premier League Everton $912k
Gary McAllister 37 Central Midfield Liverpool  First Division Coventry $570k
Gerhard Tremmel 37 Goalkeeper Swansea  Bundesliga Werder Bremen Loan fee:
David James 36 Goalkeeper Man City  Premier League Portsmouth $1.94m
Gareth Barry 36 Defensive Midfield Everton  Premier League West Brom $1.25m
Steve Bould 36 Centre-Back Arsenal  Premier League Sunderland $912k
Peter Beardsley 36 Second Striker Newcastle  Premier League Bolton $570k
Rob Lee 36 Central Midfield Newcastle  Premier League Derby $456k
Paul Jones 36 Goalkeeper Southampton  Premier League Wolves $428k
Paul McGrath 36 Centre-Back Aston Villa  Premier League Derby $143k
Bruno N’Gotty 36 Centre-Back Birmingham  Championship Leicester $114k
Shay Given 35 Goalkeeper Man City  Premier League Aston Villa $4.28m
Gary McAllister 35 Central Midfield Coventry  Premier League Liverpool $1.14m
Tony Coton 35 Goalkeeper Man Utd  Premier League Sunderland $770k
Colin Hendry 35 Centre-Back Coventry  First Division Bolton $428k
Dean Kiely 35 Goalkeeper Charlton  Premier League Portsmouth $285k
Gordon Cowans 35 Midfielder Aston Villa  England Derby $262k
Mart Poom 35 Goalkeeper Arsenal  Championship Watford $114k
Lee Chapman 35 Centre-Forward West Ham  Premier League Ipswich $100k
Mick Harford 35 Centre-Forward Coventry  Premier League MK Dons $63k
José Fonte 34 Centre-Back West Ham  Super League DL Yifang $6.35m
Edwin van der Sar 34 Goalkeeper Fulham  Premier League Man Utd $4.56m
Dennis Wise 34 Defensive Midfield Chelsea  Premier League Leicester $3.99m
Daryl Murphy 34 Centre-Forward Newcastle  Championship Nottm Forest $2.62m
Rickie Lambert 34 Centre-Forward West Brom  Championship Cardiff $2.28m
Gary Speed 34 Left Midfield Newcastle  Premier League Bolton $1.28m
Mark Hughes 34 Centre-Forward Chelsea  Premier League Southampton $1.03m
Ian Wright 34 Centre-Forward Arsenal  Premier League West Ham $855k
Andy Cole 34 Centre-Forward Man City  Premier League Portsmouth $855k
Mark Crossley 34 Goalkeeper Middlesbrough  Premier League Fulham $855k
Yann Kermorgant 34 Centre-Forward Bournemouth  Championship Reading $741k
Andy Townsend 34 Central Midfield Aston Villa  England Middlesbrough $656k
Tony Coton 34 Goalkeeper Man City  Premier League Man Utd $656k
Paddy Kenny 34 Goalkeeper QPR  Championship Leeds $570k
Dave Beasant 34 Goalkeeper Chelsea  Premier League Southampton $433k
Mick Harford 34 Centre-Forward Chelsea  England Sunderland $325k
Karl-Heinz Riedle 34 Centre-Forward Liverpool  England Fulham $314k
Mal Donaghy 34 Left-Back Man Utd  Premier League Chelsea $228k
Neil Redfearn 34 Midfielder Bradford  England Wigan $147k
Andy Linighan 34 Centre-Back Arsenal  England Crystal Palace $143k
Mark Bright 34 Forward Sheff Wed  Super League FC Sion $100k


Brad Friedel

Few Premier League players have been as evergreen as US goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who seemed to get better with age over a distinguished career in English football. Having failed to establish himself in three seasons at Liverpool, Friedel moved across the North West to Blackburn where he became one of the finest goalkeepers in the division.

He won the League Cup in 2002 and was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2002/03, before bringing an eight-year spell at Ewood Park to an end with a move to Aston Villa. Three seasons at Villa before a further five followed at Tottenham, with Friedel eventually retiring aged 42 in 2015.

He is now head coach at MLS side New England Revolution.

Gary McAllister

Gerard Houllier’s decision to sign the 35-year-old from Coventry in July 2000 surprised a few people – McAllister included – but by the end of the 2000/01 season, he had helped the club win the UEFA Cup, FA and League Cups. Gary played less than 100 games for Liverpool, but his impact was huge.

Gary McAllister said “This is fairy tale stuff for someone at my stage of life. 

In 87 Liverpol matches, a number of moments stand out. He put in a man of the match display against Alaves in the UEFA Cup final and capped the victory with a goal. The Scot is also loved by fans for his spectacular 45-yard free-kick against Everton, four minutes into stoppage time as Liverpool beat their Merseyside rivals 3-2. Days after that fabulous win, McAllister’s penalty against Barcelona set up the UEFA Cup date with Alaves, as Liverpool saw off Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola and Rivaldo in a nail-biting semi-final at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard, 20 years old at the time of McAllister’s arrival, claimed he learned “bucketloads” from him, writing in his autobiography that he would run to the team bus in order to sit next to his veteran team-mate for away games. McAllister left to become Coventry manager in 2002, though he could be about to make a welcome return, with reports suggesting Brendan Rodgers will make him a coach.

Edwin van der Sar

When the Holland goalkeeper arrived at Fulham it seemed a bit of an odd one. Van der Sar had won the Champions League with Ajax but had just come off the back of an underwhelming spell at Juventus (who had brought in Gianluigi Buffon to replace him). Now into his fourth decade, did he really have the appetite to revitalise his career? The answer was clear: yes, and then some. After proving himself in the Premier League over four seasons, Van der Sar left Craven Cottage for Old Trafford, where he instantly solved a keeper problem Manchester United had been suffering from for years. He left six years later with four league titles and a Champions League winner’s medal.

By Premier League Museum Admin

English Premier League fan since 1992. Travel enthusiast, sports buff and blog writer with deep interest in watching sports - English premier league, American Football, Basketball, Tennis, Cricket.. you name it.. Firm believer in giving back to the community which gives you happiness and identity. My inspiration - “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

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