Jody Craddock

Craddock retires

by Stuart Vose

Former Black Cat calls it a day at 37.

Ex-Sunderland defender Jody Craddock has announced his retirement from football.

Craddock had spent the last 10 years at Wolves and has been granted a testimonial year by the club.

The 37-year-old featured on earlier in the week as we documented his growing career as an artist.

He is planning to donate a portion of the proceeds from the testimonial year to two charities – Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Balls To Cancer.

Craddock’s youngest son Toby has been a patient at the Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

The defender, who broke into league football with Cambridge, made a total of 581 career appearances.

He moved to the Stadium of Light in 1997 and played 171 games for the Black Cats, scoring two goals.

He had a brief loan spell at Sheffield United in 1999 and moved on to Wolves in July 2003, later also representing Stoke on loan.