Former Claret Slabber retires

Former Chelsmford City striker Jamie Slabber has hung up his boots and announced his retirement from football.

Although he only spent one full season at Melbourne Stadium, Slabber will be fondly remembered by Clarets fans for a lethal goalscoring touch that saw him net an impressive 28 goals during the 2012-13 campaign.

The forward enjoyed a glittering non-league career, had a short spell in Denmark and holds cult status amongst many Spurs fans for his brief debut (and only appearance) in which he played an integral part in a goal just minutes after coming on.

Slabber joined the club in March 2012 from Eastleigh for an undisclosed fee having scored 33 times in 66 games for the Hampshire side.

The next term, during his solitary full season with the club, Slabber became the first City player to score more than 20 league goals in a season since Steve Portway in 2000-01.

It may have been a successful campaign personally, but it was another disappointing one for the club (FA Cup heroics aside) in the league who, once again, failed to progress past the semi-final stage of the play-offs. This lead to manager Glenn Pennyfather leaving the club along with the majority of the squad, including Slabber who joined Sutton United.

Following a season with Sutton, he had spells with a number of non-league clubs including Bromley, Hemel Hempstead and Welling United before returning Grays Athletic for a fourth spell with the club.

Upon his release from Grays last week, Slabber decided to call time on his football career at the age of 33.