Former Magpies loan defender Stephen Darby retires after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease

“This is heartbreaking news for Stephen and his family and the thoughts of everybody at Bolton Wanderers Football Club are very much with him and Steph.” Said Bolton boss Phil Parkinson

“He is an outstanding professional and a fantastic person.

“He was simply magnificent during his time at Bradford and was a key figure in the resurgence of Bradford City as a football club.

“He typified everything the city and the football club represented and led by example on and off the pitch.

“All the staff and players at Bolton Wanderers Football Club think the world of him and are determined to give him every possible bit of support.”