Former Hearts winger David Templeton retires from football aged 32

Hearts have paid tribute to former winger David Templeton after the Hamilton Accies player announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 32.

By Matthew Elder
Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 11:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th November 2021, 1:08 am
David Templeton shuts down Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the Europa League play-off at Anfield in 2012
David Templeton shuts down Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the Europa League play-off at Anfield in 2012

The former Rangers and Burton Albion player has endured an injury-plagued second spell with the Lanarkshire club and missed the majority of last season as Accies were relegated from the Premiership.

A groin injury saw him miss the Premier Sports Cup group stages at the start of the current campaign and he has managed just three league appearances in the Championship this term before deciding to hang up boots.

The final match of his playing career was a substitute appearance in the 2-0 defeat to Kilmarnock at FOYS Stadium on August 21.

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David Templeton in action for Hamilton against Kilmarnock on August 21 - his final match as a professional footballer. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

Templeton started his senior career at Stenhousemuir before earning a moving to Hearts in 2007, where he is best remembered for scoring the famous opener against Liverpool at Anfield in a Europa League qualifier in 2012.

Hearts paid tribute with a tweet which read: "Wishing David Templeton all the best for the future as he retires from professional football. We'll always have Anfield."

Templeton will now take up a role within the Hamilton youth academy as Under-14s coach.

A club statement read: "Hamilton Academical FC can confirm David Templeton has today announced his retirement from professional football.

"As a club we would like to thank David for his incredible effort, both on and off the park, across his two spells with us.

"We are delighted to confirm David will still play a prominent role in our youth academy as U14s coach."

Accies chairman Allan Maitland said: “David is a model professional who scored some important goals for the club and created many lasting memories for our support.

“As we look to nurture and develop the next wave of talent at the club we are delighted to have him involved, this will allow him to pass on his knowledge and expertise.

"We would like to wish David and his family the very best in the future."

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