Evo-Stik League Premier champions Altrincham have announced the retirement of goalkeeper Tim Deasy at the age of 32.
To allow supporters to honour him, manager Phil Parkinson brought him on as a substitute against Hednesford Town in the final game of the season on Saturday.
Deasy won the supporters’ and players’ player of the season awards for 2015/16 but was then very unexpectedly released during summer 2016 by then-new manager Neil Young.
Deasy then joined Guiseley AFC at the start of the 2016/17 season. However, following Young’s departure in late August 2016, Deasy re-joined Altrincham in September 2016.
He had originally joined Altrincham in May 2015 from Northwich Victoria, having previously signed dual registration Conference forms for Altrincham in March 2014 whilst still playing for Northwich. However, he did not make an appearance for Alty before that season ended.
His career had begun at Macclesfield Town, where he made three first-team appearances before leaving in summer of 2006. From there, he signed for Stockport County but moved on at the end of the 2006/07 season without making a first-eleven appearance for The Hatters.
For 2007/08 he joined Barrow, where he gained promotion to the national level of the Football Conference. In all, he made ninety-three appearances for the Bluebirds before leaving Holker Street in the summer of 2010.
He moved east to Gateshead, for whom he made fifty-five appearances before his release in April 2012.
Next, came a spell with Bradford Park Avenue (nineteen appearances), a club he left at the end of the 2012/13 season. After that he joined Northwich.
In only his third game back at Alty in September 2016, Deasy was injured against Gloucester City and had to be substituted but returned to action before he was struck by a more serious thigh injury in March 2017 at Darlington but returned to action before the end of the campaign.
The early part of 2017/18 saw him sharing first-team duties with Tony Thompson before the latter established himself as first-choice for the remainder of the season.
Deasy’s 2017/18 season was then curtailed by a knee injury in March.
In all he made ten appearances this season, bringing his career total for Altrincham to eighty-six.