Ryman League Division One South club Ramsgate`s favourite Warren Schulz has decided to call time on his semi-professional career.
Schulz has made almost 500 appearances for the Rams in thirteen years with the club, but has been absent for the past few months.
He scored in each of his thirteen seasons with the club, and was part of the 2005/06 side which reached the FA Cup First Round proper and won Ryman Division One.
He played for that team last Saturday in a special game to commemorate that feat, and after the game admitted he will not be returning for next year.
“That’s it for me now,” he said. “My knee is not back to how it was and how I was hoping it would be. It’s just a little bit of cartilage niggling away and I’ve got to be careful.
“I know in myself that it’s not right, I wouldn’t be able to give 100 per cent.
“It’s a shame because I was only a dozen games away from 500 appearances for the club, that was one record I wanted but you can’t have it all.”
Joint Ramsgate boss Danny Ward paid tribute to the veteran midfielder: “Warren will always be regarded as a legend at this football club,” he said. “He’s been the perfect professional at all times.
“He plays football in the right way, he trains the right way. You’d love to have a guy like Warren Schulz in your dressing room. He’s doing the right thing.
“He could have gone to some big clubs and made himself some good money.
“He was always the first name on the team sheet and he’s been such a loyal man to Ramsgate.”