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Tributes paid as ex-Stoke, Telford, Sheff Utd, Shrewsbury player passes away aged 43

Tributes have been paid this week as ex-Stoke, Telford, Sheff Utd, Shrewsbury player Stephen Jagielka passes away aged 43.

Having begun his career without success at Stoke City, he broke through at Shrewsbury Town, where he spent six seasons before losing hi splace under Jimmy Quinn as they were relegated to the Conference in 2003.

He then moved to Sheffield United for a season, which had the presence of his younger brother and Premier League player Phil and a good relationship with manager Neil Warnock.

Jagielka then spent two seasons at Accrington Stanley, playing a part to their promotion to the Football League as Conference champions in 2006.

Jagielka also spent a season at Droylsden, helping them win promotion to the Conference National, but decided to leave due to difficulties navigating from Shrewsbury where he was running a plumbing business. Remaining in Shropshire, he signed a one-year deal with AFC Telford United of the Conference North after initiating a call with their manager.

The former versatile midfielder was living in Rodington and passed away at the beginning of the week the Shropshire Star stated.

Steve was a popular member of several teams he was with, especially at Shrewsbury. He involved in their great escape victory at Exeter in 2000. He also played in the FA Cup victory over Everton.

In recent years he turned out for Shrewsbury legends teams in charity matches.

He  also featured for Market Drayton Town and Ellesmere Rangers, where he was part of a management team.

The attack-minded midfielder helped Telford lift the Setanta Shield in 2009, where he played in the final, a penalty shootout victory over Forest Green.

He was a popular member of Rob Smith’s side between 2007 and 2009.

Jagielka, who only turned 43 last week, was one of just a select group of players to play more than 200 games for the club since 2000.

AFC Telford tweeted: “AFC Telford United are extremely saddened to announce the passing of former player Stephen Jagielka.

“The former skipper played for the club between 2007-2009 under Rob Smith & Larry Chambers.

“All our thoughts at this difficult time are with Steve’s family & friends.”


Youth career
Stoke City

Senior career
1996–1997 – Stoke City
1997–2003 – Shrewsbury Town – 176 games (18 goals)
2003–2004 – Sheffield United
2004–2006 – Accrington Stanley – 68 games (9 goals)
2006–2007 – Droylsden
2007–2009 – AFC Telford United
2009–2012 – Hednesford Town
Ellesmere Rangers
Market Drayton

Accrington tweeted: “Everyone at #ASFC is absolutely devastated to hear of the death of former midfielder Steve Jagielka.

Steve made history with the Reds, playing a big part as Stanley won the Conference title in 2006.

Our thoughts are with his family & friends at this tragic time.”

As mentioned, tributes were paid as the ex-Stoke, Telford, Sheff Utd, Shrewsbury player passes away aged 43…

@JimiHearle: Absolutely gutted to hear about Steve ‘Jags’ Jagielka. A true @shrewsweb legend in my eyes. A player who was with the club from pretty much the start of my time watching the town & who was part of many (dreadful but memorable) town sides where he was often a shining light. RIP

@AdamSmitz33:One of my very first memories of Stanley is Steve Jagielka’s family sitting in front of me at Stanley week in week out. RIP

@daleskitt: Really shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Jagielka at the age of just 43. Remember him being a decent player for Salop, RIP and thoughts are with his family and close friends.

@SarahLeeder1: So sorry to see this. Always made time to speak. Thoughts with his family and friends at this sad time.

@bowbrookshrew: Can’t believe the news that Steve Jagielka has sadly passed away, a popular player with #Salop fans, with the Great Escape game at Exeter in 2000 being the stand out for me.

@NickBrockis: Oh bugger! Sad loss. Ran through brick walls for us. Sending condolences to his family. RIP Steve. #OnceABuckAlwaysABuck

@stu24jones: No way! What a top top guy

@daddymacca23: Absolutely shocked by the heartbreaking news that Stephen Jagielka has passed away.. He was a key player in promotion for @ASFCofficial back in 2006. Thoughts go to your family and friends during this sad time.

@The_Bladesman: Terrible news this afternoon with it being announced that Stephen Jagielka, brother of Phil, has passed away aged 43. Our thoughts are with Phil and his family.

@Meijueiro: Loved him growing up as a Telford fan, RIP

@PaulRichard72: I think he took the corner from which we scored the late winner v Everton. Sad news.

@simonjeavons: RIP Steve, can’t believe it. He won the free kick which Woan took for the goal, think Unsworth bundled him over. I was never sure it was ever a free kick really but who cares!!

@stevebowyer84: Shocked at this. Top man – and player – RIP Steve!

@41Howler: Top bloke, gave his all even in friendlies. Remember him firing into the Derby bench,when they came to the meadow for a pre season friendly.

@Jonnoblade14: Rip so sad, condolences to jags family x

@mossfc1: Devastating news. So sad to hear. Great guy and brilliant team mate. Enjoyed some cracking memories with him and the superb Shrewsbury supporters. Thoughts are with his family. Mossy

@_awesome_wells: I started watching @shrewsweb in the 98/99 season when I was 11/12 and Steve Jagielka was a massive favourite of mine. Saddened to hear of him passing away. Thoughts with his friends and family. RIP Jags

@CheetsS18: Death of Jags’ brother certainly puts Wildergate into perspective. RIP Steve Jagielka.

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