End of an Era: Players Pay Homage to Retired Fulham Skipper Scott Parker on Social Media
Former Fulham captain and England international midfielder Scott Parker announced his retirement from the professional game on Wednesday, a revelation which signals the end of an era down by the river which started at The Valley with Charlton Athletic.
Whites fans have been left lauding their beloved skipper, who endeavoured week in, week out with his heart on his sleeve whilst battling for the south-west Londoners, although like the supporters, a few who shared the same dressing room as 'skip' at the Cottage in particular also took to social-media to pay homage to the man which had helped influence their own personal careers.
Brighton & Hove Albion's Steve Sidwell kicked-off the Twitter love with this particular post aimed towards the 'leader' which is Parker...
Scott Parker-warrior, leader and top class player. Off the pitch he set standards throughout the club for top to bottom and respected by all— Steve Sidwell (@sjsidwell) June 28, 2017
Club captain elect Tom Cairney also muscled-in on the praise - taking the armband next term could be the start to his personal 'dream'...
Parker's career, spanning from 1997 to 2017 was a fairly understated one, only winning the Premier League once with Chelsea, and claiming the Carling Cup on one solitary occasion with the Blues during his time at Stamford Bridge, despite missing the final.
Ruthless tackles, marauding runs out of the defensive ranks on the counter attack and the odd goal or two made Parker a hero amongst the Fulham faithful, an admiration which was synonymous at virtually every club which he graced.
The 36-year-old did gain 18 international caps for the Three Lions however, an honour which merits his dogged, die-hard attitude whilst out on the turf, a quality which Slavisa Jokanovic, his teammates and his loyal fans will miss marvelling upon come match-day in the future.
Whilst being a gentleman off the pitch, Parker embodied the classic values which makes Fulham a great club to watch on the pitch, although it's clear to see that the Whites' tenacious number 8 thought it was appropriate to call time on his playing days, making way for the latest crop of aspiring commanders to take his place in the centre of the midfield in SW6.