Former Port Vale skipper Matt Carragher dies, aged 40

Matt Carragher, who spent time with Port Vale, Wigan Athletic and Macclesfield Town during his 12-year playing career, dies at the age of 40.

Port Vale have announced the passing of former captain Matt Carragher at the age of 40.

Carragher made 221 appearances for the Valiants between 1997 and 2003 and was part of the side that lifted the LDV Vans Trophy at the Millennium Stadium.

The defender, who started his career with Wigan Athletic and also spent two seasons at Macclesfield Town, will be remembered with a minute's applause ahead of Vale's meeting with Chesterfield on Friday.

"We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Vale captain Matt Carragher," a tweet from the official Port Vale account read. "Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time."

Carragher brought the curtain down on his career in 2005 after making 57 appearances for Macclesfield.

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