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Rhino Retires

David Unsworth retires from professional football at the age of 35.

Rhino Retires

David Unsworth has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35.

Known affectionately as ‘Rhino’, the popular defender enjoyed two spells at Everton, clocking up 350 appearances and scoring 40 goals.

He’s been at Huddersfield Town this season but has decided to call it a day – although he insists he wants to stay in the game.

“I’ve had a great time but it’s the right time now for me to concentrate on something else,” he told

“I am doing my coaching badges and my intention is to move into that side of the game. I’m thoroughly enjoying the coaching side and am keen to really get started, which is the main reason for hanging my boots up.”

In between spells at Everton, Unsy played for Aston Villa (briefly!) and West Ham United and he later turned out for Portsmouth, Ipswich Town, Sheffield United, Wigan Athletic, Burnley and Huddersfield Town.

He was part of the 1995 FA Cup winning side while at Goodison and also scored the first goal of David Moyes' managerial tenure in March 2002.

Unsworth also won seven England Under-21 caps and appeared once for the senior side.

“I played for some great teams alongside some great players but my best times were at Everton,” he said. “I absolutely love the club and the fans and I would love to return again one day.”

evertonTV will be speaking exclusively to David Unsworth about his career next week and we’re giving you, the supporters, the opportunity to put some questions of your own to one of the most popular Blues of the Premiership era.

Just send in your questions using the comments box below and a selection will be put to Unsy next week. Don't forget to include where you're from alongside your question.

wayne husselburya true legend with blue blood running through his veins.i remember the 95 cup final when he had mark hughes in his pocket.wish you every success for the future unsy from a gratefull blue.

Wednesday 8th April 15:18 Report Comment

Terry CorfieldGreat team player will be missed

Sunday 5th April 19:34 Report Comment

Jan Keepingwell done unsy on a great career a true professional hope you do well with the coaching and come back to goodison x

Saturday 4th April 22:50 Report Comment

ELIOT HOWLEYthe rhino wat a legend good luck mate hope to see you back at goodison very soon

Saturday 4th April 19:47 Report Comment

Vincent OliverA really true professional who always gave 110% hope to see you on the coaching staff soon

Saturday 4th April 18:57 Report Comment

nicky lamI'll never forget seeing ya in the gwladys st on derby day Rhino! Class!

Saturday 4th April 13:20 Report Comment

noel whelehancongrats on an excellent career, hope to see u back in goodison in some capacity in the not too distant future

Saturday 4th April 12:23 Report Comment

Jeremy BenthamUnsy - you build up a bit of experience on the coaching side, then come back home and join the Everton staff. Once a Blue, always a Blue.

Saturday 4th April 10:57 Report Comment

Lee Summersmy fav player of all time best of luck to you good sir, may we see you on our training grounds very soon , right where you belong

Saturday 4th April 10:18 Report Comment

Ian Rowlandwell done unsy! a everton great who totally earns the once a blue always a blue status! good luck for the future!!! COYB

Saturday 4th April 09:49 Report Comment

David MartinThe words "model professional" are synonymous with Rhino. How he didn't get more England caps I will never know. All the best for the future!

Saturday 4th April 08:46 Report Comment

Stephen DunneSo many years of service to football, well done

Saturday 4th April 00:43 Report Comment

David GrundyI will never ever forget that fateful day Old Trafford when we were 2 - 1 up until late one. I was on holiday with my wife and stepson. He wore his David Unsworth Everton shirt wherever he was on holiday with such pride. You then scored an own goal shortly before the end and poor Gavin had to suffer the event for the rest of a quite boozy night. Always the best David, You will never be forgotten. Thanks for all the memories. David G

Saturday 4th April 00:21 Report Comment

Jennifer LumbyA legend retires... Good luck with the coaching badges Unsy, hope to see you back 'home' sometime!

Friday 3rd April 16:57 Report Comment


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